3 Ideas for Avoiding Cross-Contamination of Your Massage Product Containers

A definition of cross-contamination is “the process by which bacteria or other microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one substance or object to another, with harmful effect.”

In the office, massage professionals using body oils and creams may find it easy to forget that skin cells can be transferred from their hands into the containers they are using.’s article “Public Health, Safety and Welfare for the Massage Professional,” suggests avoiding cross-contamination during treatment “by always using a new or sterilized applicator wand for all application of lotion and creams.”

Read the following for 3 more solutions for maintaining healthy use of massage products in your office.

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When I say “double dipping”, probably what comes to mind is potato chips and carrots sticks. Or maybe the famous Seinfeld episode where George commits the faux pas of double dipping at a party. What most people would not think about is how to give a massage properly!

In the massage world we have our own kind of double dipping and it’s just as disgusting! Also, like the more familiar double dipping mentioned above, the person who commits the foul is often totally unpredictable and equally as oblivious to their sin.

So what constitutes double dipping in the massage world? I’m referring to what can happen when a massage therapist is using a sizable container /can/ jar/ tub of cream (or some other preferred goop) as their primary, sole dispenser. What’s the problem? It’s the same double dipping concept. If a therapist is dipping into a large container full of goop, then rubbing it on a client’s body, then going back to the same container to scoop out a little bit more, and back to a body, this is double dipping!

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