*Due to safety precautions and Canada Post delays, please anticipate shipment delays when placing orders. We apologize for any inconvenience.*

The Hygiene Behind Handwashing

A Hand Hygiene Refresher

Washing your hands is an underrated act of personal hygiene. Your hands touch thousands of different items each day and are often only washed when “necessary”. Meanwhile, our hands pick up bacteria each time we touch a surface. So, in reality, how often should we be cleaning our hands and why?

The Technique Behind Hand Washing

At every elementary school, workplace, and health care centre, there are signs stating the proper technique to handwashing. Yet, the specifics of how to properly wash your hands often evade people’s memories or are neglected. So, to quickly review, let’s review the instructions provided by the Centre Of Disease Control (CDC) for hand hygiene.

  1. Wet your hands, apply soap, and lather until nice and soapy.
  2. Make sure to get between your fingers and under your nails.
  3. Wash for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Rinse until clean then dry with a clean towel.
childs hygiene

Reasoning Behind Hand Hygiene

Properly washing your hands can adequately help protect both your personal and the public’s health. This is even more true during the current COVID-19 pandemic. When you arrive home, or even exit a store, you must be implementing measures to remove germs that’ve been accumulated. A community has the ability to reduce the number of viral diseases by implementing proper hand washing techniques. For example, it can reduce the overall number of respiratory illnesses, such as a cold, by 16% to 21%.

Unfortunately, when out and about, it is difficult to find a sanitary method of washing your hands. Due to this, the rise of hand sanitizer usage has increased exponentially. However, are you sure your hand sanitizer can provide the hygiene needed to help combat and prevent COVID infections?

hand sanitizer

To be effective, your hand sanitizer must be alcohol-based with 60-95% of alcohol. Plus, hand sanitizer with a benzalkonium chloride has been indicated as less effective against certain bacteria and viruses. Keep in mind, soiled hands should be rinsed off to make your hand sanitizer as effective as possible.

Washing Away Coronavirus

The COVID-19 virus is a complex molecule that is difficult to eliminate without the proper methods. Dr. Dickinson, professor of chemistry at the University of Chicago, states coronavirus has a shell-type structure composed of fatty lipids. This makes it easy for soap to break the noncovalent bonds and destroy the shell so it can be washed away. However, we cannot always access handwashing stations so we must look at hand sanitizer as a mobile solution. Hand sanitizer can destroy viruses similar to COVID-19 and therefore is believed to be effective against the virus itself.

Overall, taking the proper actions to maintain hand hygiene is essential. There is a pandemic that is occurring which makes it more crucial than ever. However, hand hygiene is an ongoing practice that can support health continuously. So, here are 3 final tips that will help keep you and loved ones safe.

  1. Wash your hands each time you leave and arrive home.
  2. Always take hand sanitizer when going out to use when you touch anything. 
  3. Use hand sanitizer each time you touch your face in public

On behalf of Greeniche, we wish you all the best in yours and your family’s health!

Need handsanitzer? Greeniche now offers gentle handsanitzer with a 75% Ethyl alcohol base!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Like this article?

Share on facebook
Share on Facebook
Share on twitter
Share on Twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on Linkdin
Share on pinterest
Share on Pinterest

Leave a comment

We are proud to announce that Greeniche has partnered with

Rescounts!

How does it work?

It's easy!

Download the FREE Rescounts app and collect 3x the points immediately for the first three (3) months for buying Greeniche products! Get $5 off when you place your first order through the app!

Chaste Tree

Chaste Tree, also known as agnus-castus is a plant from the Mediterranean and western Asia which grows violet flowers and berries. It is commonly used by women to help with problems related to hormone imbalances.

Caffeine

Caffeine increases your energy levels to help you stay active through your workouts or daily activity. Caffeine also boosts energy levels even when your body is in a resting state which can contribute to weight loss. It also stimulates thermogenesis, which is one way your body generates heat and energy from digesting food.

Chromium

Chromium works with in the body to metabolize carbohydrates. It is found in many multivitamin supplements and food such as whole grains, fruits and veggies. 

Green Coffee Bean

Green Coffee Bean gives your day a boost and can increase resting metabolic rate, drive weight loss, fat loss and reduce fat absorption. It slows the release of glucose into the body after a meal. These beans are just normal coffee beans in their natural state before being roasted. Who knew coffee beans were naturally green?

Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia is a tropical fruit also known as the Malabar tamarind and is a popular weight-loss supplement. It can drive weight loss and fat loss which could help keep your body’s blood sugar and cholesterol levels healthy.

Forskolin

Forskolin is made from the root of a plant that grows in Nepal, India and Thailand. It has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as a fat-burning supplement.

Black pepper

Black pepper contains piperine which can improve metabolic performance and suppress fat accumulation in the body.  Black pepper also helps the body absorb nutrients and can strengthen immunity. 

Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh is a medicinal root that is used to treat women’s hormone-related symptoms such as, menopause, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and painful menstruation.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates are some of the healthiest fruits on Earth. They contain large amounts of phytoestrogens, which helps moderate some menopausal symptoms. It can reduce hot flashes, sleeping problems, depression, exhaustion, and irritability. They also contain powerful antioxidants that provide cardiovascular protection.

Turmeric

A common spice that can reduce cellular inflammation, and can increase the flow of bile which helps detoxify the liver by breaking down unhealthy fats.

Red Clovers

Red clover is a flowering plant and is a legume. Red clover contains isoflavones, which is a type of phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogen has a similar chemical make-up as estrogen which is why it has long been used to ease common menopause symptoms such as hot flashes. Estrogen production is at its lowest during the evening, which is why night sweats are so common.

Maca

Maca is a Peruvian plant grown in the Andes mountains. Maca root has many potential benefits for women but it is known for alleviating menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and interrupted sleep. Studies also suggest that Maca can help protect bone health.

Get 10% Off Your First Purchase
Get 20% Off Your First Purchase
Get 30% Off Your First Purchase
Slider
On Sale
Best sellers
Recently Purchased
Top Picks
Flavorall

Item One

Item One

Item One

Superfood

Item One

Item One

Item One

Natural Health Foods

Item One

Item One

Item One

Vitamins & Minerals

Item One

Item One

Item One

Herbal Tea

Item One

Item One

Item One

On Sale
Best sellers
Recently Purchased
Top Picks
Flavorall

Item Two

Item Two

Item Two

Superfood

Item Two

Item Two

Item Two

Natural Health Foods

Item Two

Item Two

Item Two

Vitamins & Minerals

Item Two

Item Two

Item Two

Herbal Tea

Item Two

Item Two

Item Two

On Sale
Best sellers
Recently Purchased
Top Picks
Flavorall

Item Three

Item Three

Item Three

Superfood

Item Three

Item Three

Item Three

Natural Health Foods

Item Three

Item Three

Item Three

Vitamins & Minerals

Item Three

Item Three

Item Three

Herbal Tea

Item Three

Item Three

Item One

Trans-Resveratrol

This powerful antioxidant neutralizes free radical damage that leads to signs of aging. Resveratrol helps protect the skin surface by interrupting and rebuffing negative environmental influences to brighten complexions and boost collagen production. It has been shown to be effective in preventing UVA damage and abnormal cell growth. This antioxidant is shown to contain anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and skin-calming properties that help revitalize the skin.

Zinc

Zinc is part of your skin’s natural dietary defense, found in many foods we eat and helps to fight off the formation of free radicals. It protects the skin’s lipid, or fat barrier and the fibroblasts that make up collagen. Collagen is your skins support structure that protects against UV light, pollution and other aging influences. Zinc boosts the immune system which may help to control the inflammatory response. Also, Zinc regulates cell production and turnover which may reduce oil production and prevent clogging of pores. Zinc is also used to help heal wounds and treat skin conditions like acne, foot ulcers caused by diabetes, leg ulcers, warts, and aging skin.

Radish

Great in salads and our supplements for their antioxidant ability to fight free radicals, their bile-increasing ability that fights bad fats, and their general detoxifying qualities.

Dandelion

While not wanted in your lawn, dandelion contains a variety of biological properties that promote liver health and provide liver detoxifying properties.

Artichoke

A familiar vegetable packed with free-radical fighting antioxidants. Cynarine, a substance found abundantly in artichokes, is believed to promote healthy cell growth and reproduction in the liver.

Raspberry Ketone

Raspberry Ketone is found in red raspberries which gives the fruit their strong aroma and flavour. It can increase your metabolism and higher the rate at which your body burns fat while also reducing appetite. It can also increase levels of adiponectin, which is a hormone that helps regulate metabolism.