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WHAT TO DO IF YOU CAN’T GET YOUR HANDS ON HAND SANITIZER (DON’T PANIC, THERE ARE BETTER OPTIONS!)

April 3, 2020

“Do you do hand sanitizer?”

This has definitely been the number one question asked of us in the last couple of weeks for obvious reasons.

When we first saw the growing demand for hand sanitizer, we did seriously start looking into making it and we may still try and get something produced if we are able to source all the correct ingredients for the hand sanitizer to comply with WHO standards. There’s too many on the market that simply don’t work!

The issue we have is that it would be a product that stands out amongst our other products…. For example, we’d have to do a lot of experimentation to ensure that we use an appropriate emollient that doesn’t use palm oil. We suspect this will be difficult

Bar soap is better!

The more we looked into it, the more we realised this was going to be difficult. The more we thought about it, the more we came to the conclusion that we already make a product that is recommended by doctors, chemists, etc as a superior line of defence to viruses. And that is good old-fashioned bar soap.

We’re the first to admit that bar soap has had a bad rap in the wider community over the years. Hopefully, we don’t have to go into too much on what makes our handmade soaps much better for you, your skin and the environment than the trusty bar of lux you probably grew up with. Encouragingly, bar soap has become more popular recently, thanks to the plastic free movement.

But bar soap is actually your best line of defence against germs. The reason: bar soap contains fat like substances that quite literally “loosen the glue” between a virus and your skin – meaning when used with water, you are literally washing away the germs.

And don’t take our word for it…

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/12/science-soap-kills-coronavirus-alcohol-based-disinfectants

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/03/why-soap-preferable-bleach-fight-against-coronavirus/

https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-03-15/coronavirus-covid-19-handwashing-soap-sanitizer-advice/12051206

With a good bar of soap, you can actually feel this fatty layer coat your hands as you are washing.

The common question is what about when you are out and about and don’t have access to a basin. It’s a fair question. And obviously this is where hand sanitizer can help (just make sure though you are picking the right one: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-02/coronavirus-hand-sanitiser-may-not-be-effective/12110170?fbclid=IwAR27WPVhdK4NJAoHApnumKOm3nh-3YmhF7y3eSXFHyVzi__HxxEp3iLw8xw).

Just as effective is avoid touching your face, particularly your nose, mouth and eyes when out and about (it’s funny when you are conscious of this, you will actually stop doing it!). Also have a bar of soap on hand for when you do come across a bathroom (I’ve used this strategy for years and gotten used to the weird looks when I’ve pulled out my own bar of soap in the public toilets!) And of course, as soon as you get home wash your hands first thing.

And what about liquid soap?

Obviously liquid soap is also a good line of defence – and we’ve brought a few of our liquid soaps back in stock due to popular demand. Just be aware that most liquid soap – and we’re going to be frank with you about this – is mostly water.

One hot tip for those who prefer liquid soap instead of bar soap because they think it is less messy, why not put your bar soap in a container next to the sink and add a little bit of water…. and there’s your very own DIY liquid soap!

Happy handwashing!!

https://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/

Emma❤️

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