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January 15, 2018
The best way to keep the flu away is to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. This is the number one way to prevent the spead of flu and other respiratory infections.
The skin produces oil which traps dirt and germs. Soap has the ability to mix oil and water, trapping them and them making it possible to remove the dirty layer. As a person lathers with soap, the soap latches onto the dirt and germs suspending them in the lather. True soap like we produce at Island Thyme Soap Company doesn't kill microbes, instead it makes it possible to safely rinse them off the skin and down the drain without the use of harsh detergents or anti-microbials.
True bar soap is self cleansing too. While bars of soap can be "shared surfaces' it's important to undertand microbes don't build up on bar soap. Each time you use it, you're effectively stripping away a layer of the surface of the bar. So as long as the little buggers don't burrow down into it, you're effectively washing away the microbes along with a layer of the soap. Just make sure to have a soap dish that drains and allows the bar of soap to dry between uses. We offer Handmade Reclaimed Wood Soap Dishes that work perfectly.
Study after stody has shown there's no scientific evidence "anti-bacterial soap" or alcohol rubs are any more effective in preventing the flu or spread of resperatory infections than washing your hands correctly with a good old bar soap like an Island Thyme Soap Company soap bar. Chemicals in antibacterials soaps can interfere with hormone levels and spur the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. Leave the dipping of hands into antibiotics to doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers in hospitals and clinics.
Scrub your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds in order to kill viruses. Twenty seconds is about how long it takes to sing the ABC’s one time through.
And always avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing your hands.
Other simple steps you can take:
80% of your immune system is in your gut. Make sure your diet is in tip top shape. Limit alcohol and sugar as both can suppress the immune system. Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Recuperative sleep is important and chronic sleep deprivation can significantly reduce your body's immune function.
April 01, 2020
As we all do our part to help contain the spread of COVID-19 by self-isolateing and social distancing, it's easy to to feel overwhelmed, anxious and stressed. We also suddenly more aware of how often we need to washing our hands, how we frequently we need to wipe down “high-touch” surfaces like countertops, doorknobs, toilets, phones, and keyboards using household cleaners and wipes. We suddenly need to be aware of how often we touch our faces, and how often All that awareness can increase stress levels.
March 15, 2020
A recent in-depth analysis by market intelligence agency firm Mintel reported that bar-soap sales in the U.S. declined 2.2% from 2014 to 2015 against an overall sales increase of 2.7% in the broader bath-and-shower category. Further, according to the report, the percentage of households using bar soap dropped five percentage points between 2010 and 2015 from 89% to 84%. What's causing the market for bar soap to continue to fall?
March 06, 2020
For several weeks now we've all been hearing the guidance from the CDC, federal and local governments and other public health officials.
Frequently. For twenty seconds. But have you been wondering why these scientists and public health experts are currently telling you, to clean your hands of dirt, grease, bacteria and viruses "plain soap and water works?"
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