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Nathalie Leblond

Nathalie is the Category Manager at Rentokil Initial, and has worked in the hygiene and pest control industry for 12 years. Although after 12 years cockroaches still have the power to terrify her, she has learnt countless ways to defeat germs both in the workplace and at home. She is a passionate advocate for Global Handwash Day and the health benefits that can be derived from regular handwashing and hygiene practices. When not contributing to the Initial blog, Nathalie is writing press releases for sister businesses, Rentokil and Ambius. You can find her on LinkedIn.
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January 2018

Which Friends character are you when it comes to personal hygiene?

Written by Nathalie Leblond

One of the most watched TV shows of all times, the characters from “Friends” seem to have a piece of everyone in them. And now that all 10 seasons are available to stream on Netflix, a whole new...

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December 2017

Holiday Hygiene: what you need to know

Written by Nathalie Leblond

In our most recent blog post, Nicole talks about some of the ways you can keep yourself healthy while travelling over the holiday season. But have you considered the hygiene standards of the place...

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December 2017

The Listeriosis outbreak in SA: what you need to know

Written by Nathalie Leblond

On Tuesday morning last week, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced that 36 people have died following an outbreak of Listeriosis. Approximately 557 cases have been reported, with the...

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November 2017

Paper Towels vs Hand Dryers: which are better?

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Drying your hands effectively is almost as important as washing them, as bacteria breeds faster on wet hands than on dry. As the experts in hygiene, we therefore frequently get asked the question “

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November 2017

7 Bacteria hotspots we bet you didn’t know about

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Here at Initial we talk about cross infection a lot; if you’re reading our blogs on a regular  basis you’re probably starting to get the idea that the world can be a pretty germy place. Simply...

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November 2017

Top 5 cringe worthy office hygiene scenarios

Written by Nathalie Leblond

The office. A place in which most of us spend more time than our own homes, and often filled with people with whom we would not ordinarily choose to spend time. Yet the modern office environment...

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October 2017

Which kills more germs; hot or cold water?

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Conventional wisdom holds that washing your hands with hot water kills more germs than washing them with cold water. 

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October 2017

How to teach your kids to be hygienic

Written by Nathalie Leblond

If you’ve read my blog post “Should we let our kids play in the dirt” you’ll know that I’m a firm believer in allowing children to get dirty in order to create a diverse and healthy microbiome,...

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October 2017

Global Handwashing Day 2017

Written by Nathalie Leblond

15 October is Global Handwashing Day,a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness around the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases...

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September 2017

How to set up an office recycling scheme

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Did you know that 90% of office waste can be recycled? Learn easy tips and tricks on how you can recycle at the office.

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