Why Handwashing is Important and Effective
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the virus and avoid getting others sick. It’s especially important to wash your hands frequently with soap and water while scrubbing the palms, back of the hands, in-between finger and underneath the fingernails. Be sure to lather for at least 20 seconds or more and dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry them.
Whether you are at home, at work, traveling, or out in the community, hand washing with soap and water is proven to protect you and your family.
Do we need antibacterial soaps?
We are often faced with this question and the answer is no, we don’t really need antibacterial soaps. Why? Because there is no evidence that antibacterial soaps are more effective than plain soaps.
All soaps kill viruses and bacteria because the chemistry of the soap leads to a process that breaks down the structure of bacteria or viruses. When you rinse your hands, all the microorganisms that have been damaged, trapped, and killed by soap molecules are washed away.
Plain handmade soaps are even better because often, anti-bacterial ingredients are not that people-friendly either. We’d go for handmade soaps because they are made from natural ingredients, less chemicals, better for the skin, and are more eco-friendly since they use less packaging.
How about hand sanitizers?
Some people also have questions about hand sanitizer and whether it is equally as effective as hand washing. Here are a few things you should keep in mind about hand sanitizers:
- Washing hands with soap and water is generally the best way to get rid of germs, but if soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.
But we all know that sometimes hand washing isn’t possible if we’re always on-the-go thus, we result to hand sanitizers for that quick fix.
We hope everyone's doing their best to stay safe and healthy this season. Don’t forget to check out some of our recommended sanitizers and also handmade soaps from sustainable brands on our website.
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