Handwashing 101

Life as we know it has temporarily been put on hold. Many of our day to day activities are no longer possible. We will never take for granted again a simple hug hello, a reluctant gym session, full shelves at the supermarket, coffee with friends or a Friday night out. Hopefully there might be a silver lining in all of this and it will make us less busy, kinder, more considerate and grateful for what we do have.

Staying Healthy

Our health and the health of our loved ones has become a priority. The single most important piece of advice the health experts have been giving us in order to keep this virus away is handwashing. 

Why Handwashing is so important

Washing your hands with soap and water is a far more powerful weapon against germs than most of us realise. Let us help you understand more. According to Vox;

- A virus is a bit of material surrounded by a coating of proteins and fat.

- Viruses love to stick to places like your hands.

- When you rinse your hands with just water, it rushes right over the virus, doing nothing.

- However, when you interact water with soap, the fat gets pulled out by the soap.

- Soap & Handwash will literally pull apart and demolish the virus.

- But it is important to note it takes time for this to happen – 20 Seconds is how long you need to be washing your hands, in order to kill the virus.

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According to public health officials, aside from physical distancing, frequent and vigorous hand washing with good, old-fashioned soap and water is your best protection against both contracting COVID-19 and potentially spreading the infection to others. But how, exactly, does soap work? ⁠ ⁠ Think of soap as a collection of molecules at war with each other: the molecules each have a hydrophilic head which attaches itself to water, and a hydrophobic tail, which repels water in favor of bonding with oils or fats. When you wash your hands, the water-fearing tails of soap molecules adhere themselves to dirt and grime, disrupting their chemical bonds; the hydrophilic heads then work together with water to rinse those particles away. ⁠ ⁠ This same process is what enables soap to combat viruses. Coronaviruses (and many other pathogens like Ebola and Zika viruses) use a particular protein to attack and infect human cells, and that protein lives on a lipid membrane that surrounds and protects the virus. When the hydrophobic soap “tail” comes in contact with the lipid membrane, it wiggles its way into the membrane and essentially shatters it apart, leaving the virus unable to survive. A final rinse washes away these now-useless microbes. ⁠ ⁠ (This virus-busting only works, of course, if you’re taking the recommended 20 seconds to lather, scrub, and rinse your palms, fingers, thumbs, and the back of your hands—but we can’t imagine a better way to spend your time right now.)

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Antibacterial Soap for Sensitive Skin

With all this handwashing and hand sanitiser use, for those with sensitive skin, it is essential to wash your hands in something that is not going to be reactive. At Rohr Remedy, we offer two antibacterial and antioxidant-rich soaps that will lather the skin without drying it out. Leaving skin nourished and clean.

Hand & Body Wash

The Rohr Remedy Hand & Body Wash is packed full of powerful properties that will deeply cleanse the skin. Anti-bacterial, anti-infections, naturally astringent and anti-inflammatory are just a few of the properties to ensure that your skin is left clean and protected. 

Hand Treatment

The increase in handwashing can dry the skin out. In order to keep your hands soft and supple, we recommend a quick at-home hand treatment to do before bed to help restore them to their former glory. 

1. Wash Hands thoroughly using the Rohr Remedy Activated Charcoal with Kakadu Plum Soap.

2. Cover your hands in the Rohr Remedy Boab & Rosehip with Vitamin E Oil. place cotton gloves (if you don’t have gloves cotton socks will work) over your hands and leave for 10mins to let the oil really develop and sink in.

3. Remove gloves and Bam! Nourished, soft hands.