In the middle of a pandemic like COVID-19 the focus has been on personal health and safety. People are suddenly paying more attention to hand washing and personal cleanliness to protect themselves, society and their loved ones. Our soaps are all natural and highly moisturizing with shea butter so your hands don't dry out from frequent washings.
We've always been big on hand washing at Buck Ridge Soap Company. I grew up with a mom who had been a nurse so hand washing was a *big deal* with mom. She even kept a bleach and water solution spray bottle in the kitchen and wiped down counters with it. Added a bit of bleach to dish water too. It was her thing. It became my thing too. Now I make soap for a living so I find it a little ironic now that the lessons I learned as child are now an everyday part of my life.
I've always called illnesses 'funk' so Buck That Funk really fits for me now that we have such a disease we are all trying to avoid getting or giving.
Hand washing with soap and water is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to loved ones. This is a lesson we should have learned as toddlers but many still forget sometimes. Now we need to remember!
So many diseases are spread by not cleaning your hands properly after touching contaminated objects or surfaces. No just something like COVID-19 but colds, flu, food poisoning in the kitchen. Washing hands after preparing meats can frankly be a ticket to the ER if you don't do it right and nights of wondering if your body is turning itself inside out. Food poisoning is not often deadly but it sure makes you wish you were while you have it! So keeping a bar of soap handy in the kitchen is helpful. Liquid soaps are great too but an old fashioned bar of soap is just as good and generally lasts longer and is more friendly to the environment.
And although not all germs are bad, illness can occur when harmful germs enter our bodies through the eyes, nose, and mouth. That’s why it is critical to wash hands at key times. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. According to the CDC if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. They went on to say that alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.So back to soap and water it should be!
Here are three key reasons why you should always care about handwashing:Your hands carry germs you can't see. Wash your hands.
- Handwashing can keep children healthy and in school. Handwashing education can reduce the number of young children who get sick and help prevent school absenteeism.
- Handwashing can help prevent illness. Getting a yearly flu vaccine is the most important action you can take to protect yourself from flu. Besides getting a flu vaccine, CDC recommends everyday preventive actions including frequent handwashing with soap and water.
- Handwashing is easy! Effective handwashing is a practical skill that you can easily learn, teach to others, and practice every day to prepare for an emergency. It takes around 20 seconds, and can be done in five simple steps:
How to wash your hands, this should go without saying but...just in case:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap
- 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
Watch a CDC expert give a handwashing demonstration on how to properly wash hands with soap and water.