This article discusses the importance of using a good liquid hand wash to stave off infectious germs.
As children, our parents reminded us to wash our hands regularly. It is a habit most of us take to our adulthood. Now, often as a reflex, we tend to quickly wash our hands after a visit to the washroom, before eating, and when our hands come in contact with any kind of dust or garbage. Why is this such a basic, yet important habit? More to the point, how can you be sure you’re using the right hand soap?
Clean hands, and the link with disease prevention
Washing our hands with soap and water keeps us safe from germs and spreading them around us. Clean hands keep you from being susceptible to frequent bouts of the common cold, flu and respiratory diseases, among others. Research suggests that washing hands regularly–after going to the bathroom, and before consuming food – can bring down diarrhoea rates by up to 40%.
Doctors recommend keeping a bottle of liquid soap handy in the kitchen or bathroom so the entire family can use it whenever needed. Ideally, you must wash your hands with soap once every couple of hours, especially during flu and cold season.
When buying a hand wash soap, you normally choose a reasonably priced, well-known brand off the supermarket shelf. However, there is more to this purchase than meets the eye. For instance, some handwashes smell great, while others are unscented. Others aggressively tackle bacteria, but could be very expensive. So, do you decide which handwash is most suitable for you?
Bear in mind the following factors when buying liquid soap:
1) Anti-bacterial: Liquid hand soap must prevent infectious bacteria from entering your body. Purchase handwash with anti-bacterial properties and which guarantees up to 99.9% protection from germs.
2) pH balanced: Washing your hands frequently can make them dry. The skin may also crack, and harbour germs and dirt, which can enter your body. To avoid this, look for a handwash that has a pH balanced formula to keep your hands soft and healthy all day.
3) Pleasant scent: The presence of too many chemicals and strong perfume in your liquid soap can harm your skin. Look for hand wash liquids and bar soaps that have a mild aroma instead of an overpowering scent. Fragrances like pine are often preferred, for instance.
4) Trial: In case the severalliquid soap options at the grocery store confuse you, don’t worry. You can always pick up a small bottle of the handwash to test it out. Once you decide to make the switch, you can always pick up variants like pump bottles, refill packs, or squeezy pouches.
The simple act of washing your hands with a liquid soap can prevent the stress and the expenses associated with combating infectious diseases. It doesn’t take much to clean your hands thoroughly before eating and after a visit to the toilet, but it goes a long way in ensuring your family’s health and happiness.