Corona Virus - How To wash Your Hands
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.
The symptoms of Coronavirus are, a cough, high temperature and shortness of breath. However these symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, make sure you check the symptoms.
It is proven the best way to prevent transmission of Coronavirus is by washing your hands, thoroughly, with soap.
Due to their high pH value soaps bars are naturally antibacterial, as bacteria cannot propagate on a pH of 9 more. Which means they are also better for the environment because we are not washing chemicals into our water system; this applies to all saponified soap bars. After hand washing the pH of hands will be significantly higher and contribute to the viral inactivation of COVID-19. With Coronavirus the soap works to disrupt the fatty acid outer layer of the virus (not bacteria), causing it to dissolve, break apart and consequently wash away.
It is recommended to wash your hands with soap and water often and to do this for at least 20 seconds. Washing your hands properly removes dirt, viruses and bacteria to help stop them spreading to other people and objects.
You can use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available, although soap is the preferred and better option.
- Our Products
If making your own soaps or antibacterial gels you can incorporate various plant extracts, from carrier oils to essential oils, to help provide additional antiseptic properties.
These essential oils have antibacterial properties and are antimicrobal:
- As stated by Formula Botanica, plants also have antibacterial properties. These include:
St. Johns Wort
These ingredients are just some that contribute towards making soaps and gels, and are potentially very effective in the recommended hand washing routines that are so widely publicised right now. Giving your formulations a disinfecting boost and helping with personal protection against COVID-19.
- We also have a variety of Aloe products as well as Isopropyl Alcohol.
Some products have maximum order quantities due to the recent surge in orders.
A few of our melt and pour bases also have a pH higher than 9, as stated above high pH value soaps are naturally antibacterial. Our Crystal Aloe Melt and Pour bases and our Crystal Honey Melt and Pour bases both have a pH higher than 9.
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As we all know supermarkets are selling out of soaps, hand sanitisers
and not forgetting toilet rolls! Luckily we are an ingredients supplier for the cosmetics industry so have the ingredients required to make your very own soaps and hand sanitisers, not toilet rolls unfortunately.
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work, after and before eating food and after using the toilet or leaving a bathroom. Other important facts to avoid catching or spreading Coronavirus are to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Put any used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards. Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell, do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Being aware of your surroundings and people around you is so important, carry hand sanitiser with you if you have no access to soap. If
Public transport is a scary place at the moment so being prepared is essential.
If you have any massive concerns about Coronavirus there are apporiate help lines available, remember do not go to your GP or hospital if you have symptoms.
- Always ring 111 (UK) first.
This is just our tips and advise based on our own knowledge and research. Our ingredients are available to help you protect yourselves.
- Reference: The Soapkitchen - Newsletter
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