EDC for Social Distancing? This keychain lets you push buttons, open doors, without human contact


It didn’t take long for society’s norms to shift so drastically that we’ve now got indie creator-made solutions for our modern-day problems. Meet the Hygiene Hand, a Captain Hook-inspired piece of EDC that lets you interact with the world without, well, physically interacting with it. Machined from a brass billet, which is known to possess anti-microbial properties, the Hygiene Hand acts as a keychain that you can use to push, pull, and generally maneuver objects without actually touching them. Designed by a retired New York paramedic, the Hygiene Hand is what you get when Everyday Carry meets Personal Protective Equipment.

It isn’t as in-your-face as wearing a mask in public, but it performs the crucial task of preventing germs from getting on your person. Given that your hands touch thousands of surfaces through the day, and you subsequently touch your face an average of 20 times each hour, the Hygiene Hand and its ‘neat’ (literally and figuratively) design allow you to navigate the world without having your hands ever touch a potentially germ-ridden surface.

The Hygiene Hand’s hook shape was designed to get you through most of life’s interactions hands-free. The hook comes with a slight bump at its tip that works as a metal fingertip, enabling you to press buttons on an elevator, or your PIN number into an ATM without using your hands. The brass build allows the Hygiene Hand to work as a conductive stylus too, letting you tap touchscreens or sign against tablets to fulfill deliveries.

The hook detail facilitates pulling, sliding, and turning objects like door-handles with ease – probably the only caveat being spherical doorknobs that may need grabbing and turning. The anti-microbial nature of the Hygiene Hand’s brass build reduces, if not eliminates, the chances of any germs making it to your fingertips, effectively protecting you from catching something nasty… plus, it also holds keys!

The Hygiene Hand is manufactured in the USA to help expedite delivery to one of the hardest-hit countries in the pandemic. Arriving at an incredibly opportune time when products desperately need to guide human behavior to help them stay healthy, the Hygiene Hand helps navigate through life while limiting contact with germs, comes with a lifetime guarantee on its build, and ships as early as May 2020. Kickstarter backers even get a free retractable keychain along with each Hygiene Hand, allowing you to secure it to your person or a backpack.

Designers: Avi Goldstein & William Crocker

Click Here to Buy Now: $21 $25 (21% off). Raised over $500,000.

Hygiene Hand –  An Antimicrobial Brass EDC Door Opener & Stylus

The Hygiene Hand keychain tool offers a better way to open doors & use shared surfaces like checkouts or ATMs. Designed by a retired NY City Paramedic, the Hygiene Hand is made entirely from a solid piece of brass which is inherently antimicrobial, to help decrease the spreading of germs while performing some of your everyday tasks.

Retractable carabiner keychain included.

Made From Brass

The composition of brass is 70% copper and 30% zinc. The benefits of brass:

– Inherently antimicrobial.
– Sustainable and 100% recyclable.
– Corrosion-resistant and holds up very well against harsh elements and repeated use.
– Will oxidize over time leaving a natural patina that gives it a classic, refined look.

The Back Story

“Literally a week and a half ago in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak in New York City I went to a pharmacy to pick up a prescription and was asked to use their stylus to sign for the purchase. When I pointed out to the pharmacist that the stylus must be full of germs from all the people picking up prescriptions before me they said they are out of hand sanitizer so I should just wash my hands when I get home,” Goldstein told Yanko Design.

“As the days went by and the coronavirus spread I became more and more aware how many times I have to touch things that must be full of germs.. elevator buttons, buttons to pay by credit card at stores and gas pumps and of course pulling open doors to public bathrooms. I went back to the office and met with my design team and decided we would immediately start designing and prototyping a solution to this problem,” Goldstein continued.

Click Here to Buy Now: $21 $25 (21% off). Hurry, limited pieces for May delivery. Raised over $300,000.