One Million Clean Toilets Movement Saves Lives One Toilet At A Time

Posted on Nov 5 2015 - 11:52am by Lanie

Cleaning our toilets is one of the hardest and most unwanted job we have at home. But anyone who does a good job keeping our toilets clean should be commended because dirty toilets are breeding grounds of germs which cause deadly diseases.

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According to a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), children around the world miss an estimated 443 million school days each year because of diseases caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices, including using unsanitary toilets. Simply put, this number of sick days is equivalent to all grade school and high school classrooms in the Philippines being empty for one month. This sanitation-related concern hinders the children’s learning and significantly reduces their quality of life.

Illnesses due to poor toilet sanitation include diarrheal disease and parasitic worm infections which can lead to nutritional deficiencies, physical and mental stunting, and death. Every day, millions of children in rural communities and urban households nationwide are exposed to these health problems by using dirty toilets populated by disease-carrying germs.

According to Dr. Luisa Efren of the Philippine Public Health Association (PPHA), the simple act of proper toilet sanitation can help prevent the spread of these germs. However, children continue to be at risk from these deadly diseases because many households still use ordinary laundry bleach to clean their toilet bowls, which is not enough to kill all toilet germs.

“A toilet that looks clean to the naked eye may not necessarily be free from germs and bacteria. So, it is very important to properly sanitize all surfaces using a germ-kill expert with proven efficacy in eliminating bacteria, and not just any ordinary laundry bleach,” Dr. Efren warned.

For the past three years, Unilever Philippines through its germ-kill expert brand Domex, has been working with UNICEF and PPHA to champion the One Million Clean Toilets Movement. This advocacy program aims to educate Filipinos on proper toilet hygiene and the need for sanitized household toilets to keep their families safe against disease-causing germs.

On November 13, World Toilet Day, join the One Million Clean Toilets Movement in the fight against disease causing germs to save lives, one clean toilet at a time. To learn more about Domex and how you can stay safe from disease with a germ-free home, visit Domex Philippines on Facebook.

You can also help the 1 Million Clean Toilets Movement fight against disease by spreading awareness on the sanitation issue caused unsanitary toilets. Watch and share the “Sick Days” video to help keep your family and friends germ-free.


18 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. celin mendoza2015/11/09 at 5:06 am - Reply

    I am very excited at the World Toilet Day! Sana araw-araw may ganito 😉

  2. Mommy Queenelizabeth2015/11/09 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Wow! I didn’t know there’s World Toilet Day! This is great!

  3. Aci Bornea2015/11/09 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    kung ang hands nga di na clean can cause sickness what more pa sa maduming toilet. Let’s go for one million clean toilets movement.

  4. Arra Odeza2015/11/09 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    the video is informative and I’ll definitely join the movement

  5. Nilyn Matugas2015/11/09 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    I’ve never heard of World Toilet Day before. But this is surely a great campaign to help give families a better and cleaner toilets.

  6. Nhessie Agustin2015/11/09 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    yes! I agree, toilet is one of the breeding grounds of a million types of germs so we should all be careful.

  7. Melisa Sanchez2015/11/10 at 2:56 am - Reply

    Wow this is my first time to hear about of World Toilet Day 🙂 and I am so happy na may ganito pala.

  8. sarah tirona2015/11/10 at 3:33 am - Reply

    world toilet day! was a part of this before, really nice advocacy 🙂

  9. mamaspeaks2015/11/10 at 3:40 am - Reply

    This is a wonderful campaign to promote awareness to prevent the spread of germ causing diseases. Kudos to the organizers.

  10. Mhaan Arambulo-Delos Santos2015/11/10 at 5:46 am - Reply

    Nice campaign. Joining!

  11. Kat Rodriguez2015/11/10 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Tama, I’m so meticulous when it comes to our home’s cleanliness, specially sa toilets. This is a great campaign.

  12. gerilen polon2015/11/10 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    sana s mga public schools especially ladies room. this campaign is really good. 🙂 Go Domex!

  13. May De Jesus-Palacpac2015/11/11 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Oh I’ve heard of this! I thought this was a really good advocacy, just as good as clean water advocacies. 🙂

  14. Maan2015/11/11 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Domestos (the Australian equivalent of Domex) is a sponsor of the parenting website I’m working for and we’ve been spreading this campaign. This is worth everyone’s support!

  15. Marie2015/11/12 at 8:00 am - Reply

    This is a wonderful campaign! Dapat talaga lagi malinis mga toilet natin para iwas sakit at germs.

  16. Ayi2015/11/12 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Great campaign 🙂

  17. Janice2015/11/24 at 11:26 am - Reply

    This is really a good movement. I hate cleaning toilets but I do it regularly to keep our family from getting sick from all the germs.

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