A Safer Clean

In the early days of COVID19 in the U.S., we consumers were buying and using anything and everything that sounded like a ticket to “kill” the virus.  (Note: The virus isn’t alive as such, it needs a human host.).  In doing so, we may have eliminated the virus from our homes, but at what cost?

25% of consumers in a CDC study made themselves sick.

A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of 502 adults revealed that 39% of respondents misused common cleaning products.  25% of consumers in the study actually made themselves sick by exposing their bare skin, misting themselves, and even inhaling and gargling with poisonous household cleaners.

Given up to 84% of Americans have bought organic products at some time, some of these same consumers are paying to avoid chemicals in their food and personal care products and then exposing themselves directly to harmful chemicals.

We now know that the best way to avoid catching the Coronavirus is to stay away from the droplets of those infected.  Unfortunately, we don’t always know who that is and where they’ve been.  So what should we do?  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), everyone should wash hands frequently, use a 60% alcohol-based sanitizer, and wear a mask.

Clorox and Lysol wipes are clearly marked that they are to be used on surfaces only.  Seems obvious, but even at our home there was debate about using them on hands and food.  The Lysol bottle states to wash your hands if skin is exposed.  Clorox has a popup message on their site that warns against misuse on the body.  Bottom line, wear gloves when you clean.

6 Skincare Tips During a Pandemic

Our skin is the organ that protects us from the outside world.  Here are some tips to help you take good care of your hands and face during the pandemic and beyond.

  1. Avoid sulfates, which are drying.  Say no to sodium laurel sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and ammonium laureth sulfate.
  2. Look for statements letting you know a product is free-from parabens, phthalates, and other hormone disruptors.
  3. Wash with a gentle soap. Use warm or cool water on your skin instead of hot.  Pat dry rather than rubbing.  For a gentle wash consider a natural body wash on hands and face.
  4. Keep a good, natural moisturizer at every sink as well as in your bag. The Mayo Clinic recommends staying ahead of chapping and cracking by applying moisturizer before your hands are damaged.  A body butter is a good choice for more skin protection.
  5. If your hands are painfully dry, apply body butter under cotton gloves overnight. No cotton gloves?  Use socks.
  6. Use products without petroleum-based ingredients. This includes petrolatum and mineral oil. Not only are they toxic, but also they do not metabolize and can make their way into our body fat.  A study published in the Journal of Women’s  Health even found that women using petroleum-based ingredients had those toxins present in their breastmilk.