SLS Free Hand Soap Fights Germs, Saves Your Hands
Hate harsh chemicals on your hands? Try self-foaming SLS free hand soap
With the flu back in business for the season, handwashing with SLS free hand soap has become extra important in our home.
Doctors continue to stress simple handwashing as a major defender against viruses. Our home is far from spotless, and I believe kids aren't having fun unless they get good & dirty sometimes. But we take handwashing seriously.
Our family used to struggle in winter with badly chapped hands after repeated washings. Back when I had 3 tots in diapers, my hands would crack so much from all the washing, they'd bleed. What I was missing then, and now can't live without, is miraculous self-foaming soap that gets its suds from the pumping mechanism, not from harsh sodium lauryl sulfate like most other hand soaps.
(photo: mensatic ~ cropped for shape)
Kiss My Face? I'll gladly plant one on whoever invented this stuff...
Kiss My Face Self-Foaming Hand Soap has saved our hands and our time. A special dispenser creates foam without propellants (harsh chemicals used in health and beauty products to create a lather). Because it comes out as foam, straight from the pump, you only need a bit to coat your hands thoroughly. No need to work up a lather, and without the sliminess of traditional hand soap, this rinses off more quickly and thoroughly. For us this product has reduced chapping by at least 75%. Made from natural ingredients with no animal testing, it also smells fantastic.
Refills save money and trash:
Happy Birthday twice? Okay! When the CDC talks, you've gotta listen ;) Their words:
~Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
~Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
~Continue rubbing hands for 15-20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend.
~Rinse hands well under running water.
~Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.
~Always use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
In the home, the basic rule is to wash hands before preparing food and after handling uncooked meat and poultry, before eating, after changing diapers, after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one's nose into a tissue, and after using the bathroom.
Handwashing prevents the spread of infection and illness from family member to family member and, sometimes, throughout a community.
Method makes an SLS free hand soap, too ...
We've been using this brand lately, liking it as much as the Kiss My Face. I buy these in bulk from Amazon and use the refill packets.
I haven't tried this yet but can't wait to do so.
More fragrances -- something for every household!
But This Stuff's Not Antibacterial!
Yep, that's right. We rarely use antibacterial soap at home, because I'm concerned about overexposure to antibiotics (the active ingredient in antibacterial soaps). Plus, antibacterial soap won't protect against the flu and other nasty bugs, because these are caused by viruses, not bacteria. In a medical setting I sure as heck want to see antibacterial soap by every sink, but at home, regular soap--used liberally--is fine by me.
What's Your Soap Style?
Where do you stand in the War on Bacteria?
Why Do Our Hands Chap in Cold Weather?
Low humidity and cold temperatures create gaps between cells in the epidermis, says Annet King, Director of Training and Education at Dermatologica, which causes moisture to evaporate. Irritants can seep in, and skin reacts with sensitivity and flaking. Because hands are always exposed and frequently washed, they're especially vulnerable. Among the solutions King recommends are to moisturize while you sleep, wearing all-cotton gloves over hand lotion to help it absorb; adding some oil or mineral salts to your bath; and steering clear of products with artificial fragrances and high [chemically induced] foam.
For the Littlest Germ Fighters
A fun package and scent makes this soap kid friendly, and unlike similar kid-targeted products, it's self-foaming and free of harsh chemicals.
Avoiding the Flu
Handwashing--and vaccines, for that matter--only go so far. To fully fight the flu, you need 3 things:
~Good nutrition, including plenty of proteins and healthy fats
~Regular, moderate exercise
Research shows these basic but often overlooked strategies are key in preventing viral infections.
SLS free hand soap recommendations, flu prevention tips, tricks for getting a kid to wash for the length of two Happy Birthday songs.....leave 'em here. And thanks for the visit!