Soap was first created 5,000 years ago to clean cooking utensils and for medicine purposes. Since then people have been using soap to kill all sorts of common germs. Although it has evolved greatly since the Babylon and ancient Egyptian times, it has retained it’s original purpose: to kills germs. It has remained effective too, when used properly.
When you lather and wash your hands for 20-30 seconds, you remove the microbes from your skin. washing removes 99.9% of bacterial count. Soap molecules traps dirt, bacteria and fragments and washes away when you rinse with warm water. Hum a chorus of song like Happy Birthday or another favorite to make sure you are thoroughly washing your hands for the full time. In times of pandemics like the coronavirus, you want to make sure you wash your hands for at least 30 seconds and scrub between fingers and fingernails. Sometimes I pretend I’m a doctor on Grey’s Anatomy scrubbing in for surgery!
Washing your hands for 30 seconds with soap and warm water should always be your first defense for protecting yourself from virus, bacteria and things like common colds. Anti bacterial products are good secondary or back-up option. They work great when you are out of the house and cannot properly wash your hands, but when you get the opportunity you should wash your hands first chance you get.
Don’t take my word for it. The New York Times (hyperlink to: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/health/soap-coronavirus-handwashing-germs.html) recently shared washing with soap and water is one of the key public health practices that can significantly slow the rate of a pandemic and limit the number of infections.
Why wouldn’t people wash their hands?
Some people are not aware of the importance of washing their hands. Others find their hands are too dry and crack from constant hand washing. Espicially with anti bacterial products. It is suggested to put moisturizing cream on your hands at night and let your body absorb overnight.
This customer demand led us to create a healing rescue salve. Loaded with calendula, bee pollen, propolis & beeswax this salve treated troubled skin patches or hands. One of the added benefits you can use the salve as much as you’d like and your hands won’t feel greasy.
We can’t control pandemics, but we are trying to help make it easier on your hands to stay protected.