Did you hear the report on Good Morning America about the Rise of Superbugs? Click here for the story.
Many of us have been hearing for quite some time that antibacterial hand soaps and cleaning products could be doing us more harm than good. According to the story on GMA, a chemical in many of the antibacterial products has been found to be a factor in some germs growing resistant to the antibiotics that once were successfully used to battle them. Tuberculosis, once thought to be eradicated in the USA, is reappearing. We need our antibiotics to be effective so this warning is one worthy of our attention.
In a nutshell, the story reveals that good old soap and water is best for washing our hands. When in situations where that isn't possible, an alcohol based cleaner like Purell is the best choice. The alcohol evaporates and does not leave a residue on your skin.
I have never been phobic about germs. I hope I don't offend anyone using that phrase but I couldn't think of another way to word it. It seems that most friends and relatives my age feel as I do, but many of our younger siblings and children feel differently.
Less than 100 years ago, it was common for people to bathe once a week. In cold climates during winter months, people would heat water and bathe in tubs in whatever room was the warmest, possibly whatever room held a fireplace or stove. Obviously no one would want to return to that hardship but some now bathe or shower so frequently they are aggravating skin conditions such as eczema.
While everyone enjoys feeling clean, do you think commercials have influenced our society into thinking we need so many household cleaning products, and that our bodies need such frequent bathing and sanitizing?
Having written this, I am off to take a much needed shower and then rid the living room of tinsel and pine needles from the dead Christmas tree. No antibacterial products will be used in my cleaning today, and if any alcohol is used, it won't be the kind found in Purell. I'm thinking a nice glass of wine or a beer at the end of the day will cure whatever might ail me.