As information about the Coronavirus is spreading. People are looking for more and more ways to protect themselves. However, I’m not a Doctor so I can’t help you there. However, I am Hazel Whitman’s granddaughter and the way she prevented any and everything (at least to her) was simple. WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP!
I know my grandmother wasn’t the only one. Come in the house, wash your hands. Touch a doorknob, wash your hands. Oh, if you even look in the direction of the kitchen, You Better, Wash Your Hands. The only sentence you might have heard other than that would be its counter, “Don’t eat her food, she doesn’t wash her hands!”
However, now as a Mom and Soapmaker, you would be surprised how much I notice the folks that don’t wash their hands with SOAP. As well as how many times a day I find myself saying it. What did our grandparents know?
While the news and social media is currently a buzz with ads encouraging you to wash your hands and bathe with soap. However, its not a new concept by far. If you recall President Obama also gave similar information with H1N1 and many other Presidents before him. Nor should it be reserved only for times of an epidemic or widespread sickness. Washing your hands and using soap is a matter of hygiene and Self-Care. And should be a part of your daily routine.
What is the proper way to wash your hands?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
*The CDC offers an excellent breakdown on the science of washing using this method.
At the end of the day, I am just a mom and a soapmaker that wants health for myself, my family and you. I’m neither a Doctor or an epidemiologist, so I can only tell you that my soap cleans your hands and body. It also happens to smell and feel great. I’ll leave the science behind the how’s and why’s to the experts.
Steps to minimize contact with germs
1. I carry a pen. Germs are passed via pens at Dr’s Offices & public places
2. I tell my kids and try my best to keep my hands out of my face.
3. Fist Bump instead of High Five. Eventhough I am a High Fiver at heart
4. Rest Well. Rest and selfcare are essential to help your body fight yuckies
5. Research Natural Rememdies for daily consumption. Like, The Magic Berry Company an all natural Elderberry Syrup.
What are some tips you use to keep germ free?