Hand Hygiene is essential. Probably more than ever in our lifetime does this ring true. I can embarrassingly attest that I am washing my hands more than I ever have before. With each of us experiencing change at a dramatically fast (and for most of us, painful) rate, these past few weeks have been overwhelming.
Amidst the chaos, there is something we all have control of: our hands. One of the ways each of us can support the efforts to curb the rapid spread of this virus is our personal hygiene and specifically washing our hands. This monotonous, mundane routine (we've often forgotten) is now center stage.
Why not support Fair Trade while you lather up?!
With six amazing fragrances to choose from, you will feel as if you've stepped into an open field in the heart of Zambia, Africa, every time you wash. So, here are our steps to washing your hands the "Fair Trade Way":
Pick your favorite Fair Trade bar of soap, we'd recommend: Zambian handmade beeswax soap! This part's crucial. 😉
Rinse those hands to get them wet. Use warm or cold water, not hot. Make sure to turn off the tap when finished. You don't need much; just enough to get a good lather going.
Grab your favorite bar and begin to lather. One of the most beloved benefits of our soap is it's incredible lather. Why is the lather so important? Well, as the CDC puts it:
Lathering and scrubbing hands creates friction, which helps lift dirt, grease, and microbes from skin. Microbes are present on all surfaces of the hand, often in particularly high concentration under the nails, so the entire hand should be scrubbed.
Now the fun begins. This step is the most crucial and often most neglected. Pick your favorite song and start scrubbing...FOR 20 SECONDS! Everyone recommends the "Happy Birthday" song and I get it. Everyone knows it and its the perfect length. However, have you tried to sing it everyday, 20x a day. It starts to get as bad as the Barney theme song or "Baby Shark". I think we can all be a little more creative. If you need some inspiration, just check out this incredible parody.
Finally, rinse and dry! "Voila!" You did it. Give your self a high-five! Quick Tip: Shake those hands 12 times into the sink and they will be practically dry.
PS: Here are a few great resources for you from the CDC: