People have been making cleaners and disinfectants for almost 5,000 years

Humans have been preparing cleansers for nearly 5,000 years. The simple combination of soap and water remains one of the strongest weapons against infectious diseases. When panic epidemics occur though people want to get all kinds of dry cleaners, many of which are unnecessary or ineffective against viruses. Cleaning products from store shelves should contain the required amount of alcohol (at least 60% in quantity – to kill viruses).

The type of soap for deactivating the virus from the hands does not matter. Ordinary solid soap is the most common choice of customers, although customers are not sure that it is the right soap. Dove, for example, is not a soap but a mild detergent that may not work as well for virus inactivation as much stronger dishwashing detergents with the “infamous” SLS. When the hands are dirty, the gel and other means will only further smear the dirt on the hands. Liquid soaps (which are a combination of soaps and detergents) – PH is often not high enough.
Antibacterial soap does not help when it comes to viruses, not bacteria. Cheap conventional plain solid soaps in wholesale stores, homemade soaps made by the cold procedure or the old-fashioned grandmother’s method are the best choices. In recent days, appeals for hand washing have been constantly spreading. Disinfectants in particular have become “in”. The result should be clean hands, free of viruses. The side effect is sometimes damaged and irritated skin. Frequent hand washing certainly changes the top layer of skin.
The skin is the primary protective organ that protects the body from mechanical, thermal and chemical effects, as well as from infections. The skin prevents excessive water loss from the body and regulates body heat. In performing these functions, the skin is constantly renewed. Thus regenerative-capable skin is completely regenerated in about 30 days. This complex upper layer of the skin is the first barrier against microorganisms and aggressive agents. Frequent hand washing changes the upper layer of the skin (epidermis), acidity, moisture and affects the elasticity and softness. By using aggressive hand washes, we affect the structure of the basement membrane of the skin, which actually protects the skin from infections. A large selection of toilet preparations for washing hands leaves people in doubt. You should choose a product for frequent use that is comfortable for the skin and that does not dry out the skin but cleans it effectively.

When choosing a soap / product, we should be guided by several guidelines:

  1. Shape and packaging: liquid soap in a pump package is a more hygienic solution if more people use the same soap.
  2. Solid soap is a solution only if everyone in the household has their own soap.
  3. Soap composition: choose soaps with surfactants (foaming agents) of plant origin, avoid Sodium Lauryl and Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
  4. The list of undesirable is the preservative Paraben (proven toxic and disrupts the endocrine system).
  5. Soaps with the addition of oils and plant extracts should be chosen: they enrich the basic formula, cleanse and have a nourishing effect on the skin.
  6. Add laurel or tea tree essential oil to the liquid soap. You will get a natural antiseptic to clean your hands.
  7. Today, the daily inevitable practice is treating the skin with strong disinfectants with a high percentage of alcohol. Therefore, we need to additionally nourish the skin with creams and lotions with an increased content of oily substances. A good solution are body care oils, lotions with organic oils, creams rich in natural lipids from cold-pressed oils, balms based on natural beeswax.
  8. For extra skin hydration, the preferred product is aloe vera gel.

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