In 2003, during the SARS global outbreak, Angelo Mantenuto Founder and President of Stix Brands International was very aware that the vast number of germs and viruses being spread in public places was a serious health and social issue. What was equally frightening was the fact that Hand Hygiene education was practically non-existent in schools and the workplace.
The dangers of germs being spread from touching dirty surfaces, going to the Bathroom, then eating food and shaking hands with people, etc. without washing their hands first was a primary contributor to the problem.
After the SARS and H1N1 outbreak, Angelo’s passion became his purpose, and he started to think about how he could make a difference. In 2004, he co-founded a non alcohol hand sanitizer company called Clean Freak Patrol to help educate children and their parents the importance of good hand hygiene.
Angelo’s experience and market research led him to firmly believe that using a sanitizer was not the perfect solution. Although the general public’s attitude towards hand hygiene has improved over the years Angelo believes it’s still nowhere near where it needs to be. Especially when going out in public places such as hospitals, schools, airports and the workplace where thousands of germs are on surfaces and contaminated soap dispensers.
“How can people prevent the spread of germs and getting sick?”
The simple answer, is that hand washing with soap and water, is the number one way of eliminating germs.
That was the breakthrough that Angelo needed to create the first all-natural portable hand wash spray. The SoapStix, the perfect solution for on-the-go, a new healthy way to well-being. Imagine carrying your own personal hand wash (a simple idea) and never having to wash your hands from a contaminated public soap dispenser filled with harmful chemical petroleum-based pink soap.
Educating our children at an early age regarding the importance of hand hygiene was and still is a priority, and that was the purpose for creating the Clean Freak Patrol brand.
In today’s world of uncertainty with the spread of unknown deadly germs and diseases and even getting sick with colds and the flu, it is peace of mind knowing we can protect ourselves, our children and families anytime…anywhere!