DID You know...
80% of all common infectious disease are spread by the hand!
With the world on high alert with Coronavirus, it has left many in a state of shock and fearful of their health and lives, and that of those around them. What can You do to detain the spread of disease? The centre of health has listed key points to bare in mind.
Clean your hands often:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean and disinfect surfaces:
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets & sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
What to do if someone in your household is infected?
If someone in your household has been infected, it is advised that they are quarantined in a room by themselves and if possible, have their own bathroom. It is understood this isn't possible in all households, so as an extra step of safety it is advised the bathroom is cleaned and disinfected after each use. All surfaces are to be disinfected thoroughly to ensure the safety of the household and delay any further spread of the virus and bacteria. The individual infected needs to be kept hydrated with water and is advised to drink water regularly.
The best form of defence & attack against the spread of Coronavirus and disease in general is to WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY for at lest 20 seconds. This will ensure bacteria, dirt and grease is fully washed away and killed.
Centres for Disease Control & Prevention - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fprevention-treatment.html
Many customers ask us, "Why is washing with soap considered as effective?"
Through the Ages
We've all been told from a young age, "Wash your hands", whether it's before a meal, coming in from playing or after handling pets. Why is washing with soap important and how does it clean us?
Bacteria, Parasites & Dirt
Most bacteria struggle to survive in the more extreme conditions and one you may be aware of is on the pH scale. Bacteria such as E Coli, Staphylococci and Salmonella thrive in a neutral pH of around 6-7 pH. If they are in conditions out of these parameters they start to die as the environment is harsh for them to grow. When we have dirt and grease build up on our hands, this provides an environment for the bacteria to live and thrive growing second by second! Dirt can also house eggs from various organisms such as worms, fleas and other parasites.
Soap is higher on the pH scale and hovers around 9-10 pH. Soap bars are made with Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) and Liquid Castile soap is made with Potassium Hydroxide (KOH) and these around 12 on the pH scale. When these two components are mixed with oils, butters and waxes, a chemical reaction happens which is called Saponification. When this happens, either the Sodium Hydroxide or Potassium Hydroxide start to neutralise slightly causing the alkaline level to drop to around 9-10 pH. With ingredients carefully formulated to make soap, different bars can be produced for different purposes such as wash clothes, dishes, hands, body and hair. Some ingredients can be so powerful at cleaning and removing dirt, it can be too good at it's job and damage your skin. This can be avoided with careful consideration of the ingredients used and the percentage levels used.
How Soap Works
When we wash with soap, it creates a bubbly lather and it's this lather that does the wondrous act for us. This bubbly lather emulsifies dirt, grease and most importantly...bacteria! Not only does most harmful bacteria die in the soapy alkaline environment, but it is emulsified and washed away with clean running water. It's this washing process that enables us to clean our bodies, hands, dishes, cars, tools and much more all thanks to the help of SOAP!
Our soaps have been specially formulated by ourselves using vegetable oils to create a rich, creamy and bubbly lather what not only does it's job to clean us, but conditions our skin and are Vegan! Our super luxe soap bars have a super fat content of 5%, this means 5% of all the oils in the soap bars have NOT saponified and are left freely in the bar of soap. This in turn is left to nourish and replenish Your skin with any natural oils lost during the cleansing process.