Use of antibacterial cleaners and hand soap has negative consequences
Using anti-bacterial soaps and cleaners can be potentially dangerous for the health of you and your family. Avoid using them, and substitute natural bacteria-killers instead.
A number of people experience skin irritations from use of antibacterial cleaners and soaps. The hand soaps destroy the natural acidity of the skin, which can make skin sensitive and dry. You may experience a range of symptoms, from red, dry, irritated hands, through to the skin flaking off. Discontinue use of these products and the problems will be alleviated.
Kills good bacteria too
Your skin is home to a variety of bacteria, good and bad. However, most aren’t harmful and may actually offer benefits. Some of the positive bacteria help to fight off infection naturally. Using anti-bacterial cleaners and hand soap kills everything, both the bad and the good. This can result in poor skin health and a drop in immunity.
The most important reason to not use anti-bacterial cleaning products is that they are not actually needed. Use of antibacterial washers isn’t required, even in hospitals! Manufacturers of soaps have not been able to prove that anti-bacterials are safe for daily use, or even that they are effective. Continued use of antibacterial soaps can also develop bacteria that are resistant to treatment, which has serious consequences. Bacteria adapt, or mutate, to anti-bacterial washes, and then become super-bugs which are unable to be treated or killed.
So what can you do?
To keep your family and your community safe, stop using antibacterial cleaners and soaps. Use good hygiene, including washing hands and surfaces, using hot water and normal cleaners. The use of natural anti-bacterial agents allows you the protection you need, naturally. Natural products with anti-bacterial properties include things like lemon, cinnamon, tea tree, lemongrass, and their essential oils. Use cleaners with these ingredients to ensure natural health without allergens and toxic irritants.
See Dream Eco Products range of natural cleaning products here. The high quality natural ingredients are non-toxic, kind to you, and kind to the environment.
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When should you admit defeat and get the cleaning professionals in?
We have all had cleaning failures when we should have let the professionals take over. But, how do we know when we should step back and pay the experts?
Carpets can be very expensive, and they take a beating, especially if you have pets or children. So when should you get the experts in, and when is it OK to hire a wet vac and do it yourself? If there is some specific stains that you must remove, treating them with the wrong detergent or at the wrong temperature may set them rather than remove them.
If your carpets smell, regular vacuuming won’t help and cleaning products only hide the smell. A professional carpet cleaner gets carpets clean AND removes unpleasant odours. As well as bad odours, a carpet shampoo will help to keep allergens to a minimum in your home.
Is it time to get a cleaner?
When is it time to get a cleaner rather than do your weekly clean yourself? Basically, when you value your time enough that a few extra free hours to yourself is worth it. A cleaner will obviously cost you, so you need to weigh up when your time is more valuable than the money.
Things to consider when getting a cleaner
It’s important to ensure that your house and belongings are going to be covered should something unfortunate happen. You also want to know that the person you are inviting into your home is covered for any injury or accident they may have. Ensuring you hire cleaners from a company that is fully insured, complies with Health & Safety laws, and full ACC cover will protect you and the cleaners should the unforeseeable happen.
If you have a particular job you hate- cleaning windows or an oven clean- then there are people who do these specific tasks so you don’t have to. It might be well worth parting with cash so you don’t have to do the work! Also if you are moving out of a rental property or if you’ve sold a home, you can invest in cleaners who will get the work done quickly and thoroughly.
Drapes and blinds
There are specialist blind cleaning services because blinds are often fiddly and easy to damage. While a light dusting won’t hurt them, if they have grease or a lot of dirt, the professionals will do a thorough job without damaging the blinds.
Drapes and roman blinds need special cleaning, and while you can do these at home, you will have to be careful especially if your curtains are thermal-backed.
Be kind to yourself and the environment with this amazing hand soap
Washing your hands is an unavoidable task, but so many cleaners have negative side effects. Anti-bacterial hand soaps encourages antimicrobial resistant bacteria that can’t be easily eradicated, making this a serious health threat.
Why should I avoid anti-bacterial hand wash?
There are two main reasons. A number of people experience skin irritations from antibacterial hand soap, with red, dry, irritated hands, and even the skin flaking off. But the most important reason is that use of these antibacterial washers isn’t required and continued use of antibacterial soaps can develop bacteria that are resistant to treatment, which has serious outcomes.
What is the alternative?
Dream Eco Products have developed this amazing range of hand soaps. They are made using eco-positive ingredients, with no palm oil, palm oil derivatives, or parabens. Instead, they harness the natural power of coconut oil, honey, and essential oils to get your hands clean gently. They not only clean your hands, but do it gently, protecting and moisturising at the same time.
Why use essential oils?
Not only do essential oils ensure your hands smell amazing, but they do it naturally, without manufactured fragrances that can contribute to breathing issues and headaches. Essential oils also have positive health benefits. For instance, lemongrass, lime, cinnamon, pine, and orange oils all have natural anti-bacterial properties. Lemongrass is known as a potent odour-remover, making it ideal for use in the kitchen after cutting onions and garlic. Cinnamon, with its warm spicy scent, can help alleviate headaches. Orange essential oils can help to boost mood, for calming after a long day or energizing at the start of the day.
A range of scents available
With three delightful scents, there is something for everyone. Cinnamon and tangerine is calming, with a lovely warm perfume. Lemongrass and lime is great for kitchen use to remove bad odours from hands. The pine and orange hand soap is crisp and leaves your hands smelling clean and fresh.
Summer is here! For many of us, that means long summer nights on the deck with a BBQ and a few drinks, hot summer days on the beach, weekends at the bach or in the garden, and time in the bush. Here are a few top tips for summer essentials you need in New Zealand.
Keep those flies off your food and Ants out of your house!
With heat, come flies. They mark ceilings and walls with their fly ‘spit’, and can carry germs and bacteria into the home. Get rid of them for once and for all- naturally. This Fly-Off surface cleaner is not only an effective benchtop cleaner, but it naturally repels flies and Ants! With peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils, this cleaner wards off flies and Ants with its strong fresh scent. This cleaner has rave reviews from customers so you know it works. Keep your summer entertaining fly-free, the natural way.
Sunscreen using a physical barrier, not a chemical one
With such high levels of skin cancer, protection from the sun is incredibly important in New Zealand. Using sunscreens that employ chemicals as a barrier have not been linked with any long term health problems, but they can be an irritant for people with skin issues. Use a sunscreen with zinc oxide as an ingredient, as this is a physical barrier, not a chemical one. This will help to minimise skin irritation.
Bees are important as they pollinate flowers which then produce our fruit and vegetables. Encouraging the bee population is vital so that our gardens create food. There are a number of wildflower seed mixes available- find an unused corner of your garden and get your kids to throw the seeds in. Watch the flowers randomly appear and bring those bees to your garden!
Natural first aid kit
Summer often means adventures out in nature, which can result in bites, stings, cuts and bruises. While modern medicine is a great thing, it’s nice to be able to care for yourself and your family using natural products. First aid kits that utilise natural ingredients are ideal to keep you well using essential oils and other natural products. Invest in one today to supplement your existing kit.