‘Don’t forget to wash your hands!’ has always been a frequent demand on our farm to our little ones and big ones alike. Now with this awful COVID19 situation, it’s become a reminder of how important simple hand-washing is to our health.
To be clear, hand sanitisers are a good alternative when soap and water isn’t available but it’s a good time to reiterate that nothing compares to good old-fashioned soap and water - it is quite literally the gold standard when it comes to removing germs. Using a hand sanitiser is effective if used in a large enough quantity thoroughly and properly but you need to soak every corner of your skin and let it dry - however, it won’t physically remove the germs on your hands. It also doesn’t work properly if your hands are physically dirty or grimy and must contain at least 60% alcohol content to be effective.
A small amount of soap however, can effectively cover a large area, and can actually inactivate viruses by disrupting their fat membrane, whilst running water then washes them away. Make sure to rub your hands for a good amount of time as the physical action of rubbing makes a huge difference to how much of the germs are removed.
Some further reading on the action of soap on germs:
The science of soap, here’s how it kills the coronavirus - The Guardian
Why soap works - The New York Times
If you have sensitive skin, washing your hands a lot more than usual, and using alcohol sanitisers can wreak havoc on already dry and irritated skin. Our castile washes have a few added benefits over regular soap in that 1: they are gentle and moisturising, 2: they take a little more work to wash off, which means you wash more thoroughly and of course, 3: they are 100% natural.
What we are going to do, from today is give you a free Baby Wash 125ml with every purchase of $75 or more (you also get free Australia shipping). It’s a conveniently sized bottle that you can take anywhere. We keep one in the car (along with a bottle of water) and one in the bag in case wherever you wash does not have soap available. A little goes a long way with our washes, so one of these emergency bottles should last a while.
We’re running this till the end of March or till stocks run out - we will make as much as we can, for as long as we can!
Just add one Baby Wash 125ml to your order and use the code below at checkout for it to be free (offer ends 31st March 2020 (midnight AEST).
Stay safe and... 'Don't forget to wash your hands!'