Did you know that some strains of bacteria and viruses that cause colds and flu can live on environmental surfaces like counters, telephones, door handles, toilet seats and lids, and sink water control knobs for as long as two hours?!
And some strains of Hepatitis can still be viable on environmental surfaces for as long as 7 days! Here are some tips for naturally disinfecting your hands and home and for counteracting microbes, bacteria and viruses that cause the common cold and flu.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands throughout the day, especially after using the toilet, coughing or blowing your nose. Always wash your hands before and after you prepare or eat food.
To properly wash your hands follow these steps:
- Wet hand with warm water
- Using “plain” soap, completely cover both hands with a good lather focusing on palms, backs of hands, fingers, nails and between the fingers.
- Rise well under running water for at least 15 seconds.
Hazards of using Antibacterial Soap and Products
Did you know that most products containing antibacterial ingredients use the chemical Triclosan. This chemical damages the cell walls of bacteria, slowing their growth so that the bacteria eventually die. This sounds good in theory but there is much more to the story. A governmental panel reported that there is “no added benefit” from using antimicrobial products as opposed to plain soap and water. No benefit! Well there is a benefit but not to the consumers – the benefit is that the manufacturers make more and more money from the sale of these types of products.
There is research that proves that people who use antibacterial soaps (and products that contain chemical antibacterial ingredients) develop coughs, runny nose, sore throat, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms of illness just as often as people who use products that do not contain antibacterial ingredients. So we could say that all of these antibacterial product aren’t working.
Some researchers have determined that about 75 percent triclocarban (TCC), resists water treatments meant to break it down. This means that it ends up in surface water and in municipal sludge used as fertilizer. TCC is known to cause cancer and reproductive problems. Releasing antimicrobials into the environment has the potential to increase the resistance of pathogens to clinical antibiotics. Triclosan, is known to promote the growth of resistant bacteria
It used to be that antibacterial soaps were used mainly in clinical health care environments. Doctors and nurses used them to scrub up prior to and after surgery. Now, antibacterial soaps are used in households across the country where they amount to a $16-billion-a-year industry. Now, 72 percent of all liquid soap sold in the United States contains antibacterial ingredients. Manufacturers have relied on using fear to convince people that they need to use them to stay healthy.
An increasing number of traditional medical experts now accept the hygiene hypothesis – that children exposed to bacteria in early childhood actually have stronger immune systems.
Children who are not exposed to common bacteria, which are eliminated by excessive use of soap and antibacterials, may actually be more prone to allergies and asthma.
Make Your Own Antibacterial and Antiviral Hand Soap
- Mix 10 drops of Remnant Remedy’s SPICE TRADERS essential oil blend in an 8 – 10 oz. pump FOAM bottle with 1 – 2 TBSP. of a pure liquid soap, like Dr. Bronner’s and swirl to blend. Slowly, fill the remainder of the bottle with purified water. Shake well before each use. To Use: Dispense onto hand and rub over hands for 15 seconds, rinse with clean water. This can also be done with Miracle II Soap instead of Dr. Bronner’s soap.
Make Your Own Personal Hand Sanitizer Spray:
- Mix 10 drops of SPICE TRADERS essential oil blend in a 2 oz. spray bottle with 1 tsp. of vodka and swirl to blend. Then fill remainder of bottle with purified water. Shake well before and during each use. Spray hands and rub together to sanitize and disinfect. You may also apply to the bottom of your feet and/or lightly spray over your hair and head – REMEMBER to close your eyes until done spraying.
Make Your Own Disinfectant Room Spray
This especially good when there is sickness in the home or when traveling and staying in a motel and/or using public transportation.
- Mix 1 oz. of vodka with 25 drops of Spice Traders or Breathe EZ essential oil blend, in a 32 oz. spray bottle. Shake gently to blend and then fill remainder with purified water. With each use, SHAKE WELL as you mist the air, your environment and surfaces (sink, counters, toilet seat and lid, door handles, motel room, beds, etc.).