In nursing school, I was taught that the number one way to prevent the spread of disease is frequent hand-washing. Although you may think you are washing your hands correctly, be sure you are following the guidelines, below. Soap is important, but what's actually most important is the action, the vigorous rubbing of all surfaces of your hands for at least 20 seconds to mechanically remove germs.
This infographic shows how the World Health Organization recommends handwashing be carried out:
If you're a liquid hand soap user, and want an all-natural soap, below is a DIY recipe that's inexpensive, easy, and a great alternative to the commercial gunk that you buy at the store.Amazon sells the foaming dispensers and Dr. Bronner's, and Avery sells labels with free templates that you can down load, customize, and print right at home.
DIY Foaming Hand Soap
You'll need one (8oz.) foaming dispenser,
To which you will add:
- 2 oz. Dr. Bronners Organic Baby Castile Soap
- 2 tsp. of either sweet almond oil, avocado oil, or fractionated coconut oil (optional, but a bit of oil makes the soap more conditioning)
- 20 drops of essential oil of your choice
- Fill the bottle with 6 oz. distilled water
- Screw the pump dispenser cap onto the bottle
- That's it! You're done