Facts About Hand Sanitizers: Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Facts About Hand Sanitizers: Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Facts about hand sanitizers. As colder weather approaches, so do the runny noses and sneezes. This year, the Simpleaf team wanted to take the time to inform everyone on best practices to stay healthy! One of the first topics that came up was hand sanitizer, and we realized there was a LOT to learn! After going through it firsthand, we wanted to share all the factoids that process brought to us. From products to knowledge, Simpleaf has always prided itself on its ability to keep you and your loved ones clean, so with this series we hope to teach you how to keep you and yours safe on the go!

  1. Can I use hand sanitizer instead of washing my hands?

    ABSOLUTELY NOT. Washing your hands and disinfecting the, go hand in hand. Because hand sanitizer is most effective in clinical environments, like hospitals, it’s key that your hands be clean before using the product. Before using hand sanitizer, make sure there is no visible dirt or grease on your hands and fingers —this blocks the sanitizers ability to disinfect your skin.

  2. So then, do hand sanitizers even work?

    Yes, the convenience of hand sanitizers drive down respiratory illness in peak cold and flu season because they are readily available, as opposed to finding a station to wash your hands

  3. Are all hand sanitizers created equally?

    Unfortunately, they most certainly are not. Hand sanitizers with a 60-95% alcohol content are proven to be the most effective. Simpleaf encourages use of hand sanitizer at higher levels, like 71% alcohol content. It might be time to leave that colorful, heavy scented or nicely packaged Bed Bath and Beyond hand sanitizer.

  4. Does hand sanitizer expire?

    Hand sanitizers have a long shelf life, due to the current need for hand sanitizer however, FDA is not enforcing that expiration dates be attached, as they are needed immediately.

  5. What is the proper amount of hand sanitizer to use?

    A common mistake that people make when using hand sanitizer is not applying enough to coat the entire area before the sanitizer dries out. If it is not wet when it touches the surface, then it is not disinfecting.

  6. Is hand sanitizer safe for children?

    Yes, however for children under 6 years they must always use the product with adult supervision as ingesting mouthfuls of hand sanitizer can result in alcohol poisoning. If your child ingested hand sanitizer, call poison control or a medical professional immediately.

  7. Where should I store my hand sanitizer?

    Hand sanitizer loses its efficiency if improperly stored. Make sure you are not keeping yours in temperatures above 105 degrees, like Texas cars in the summer. Try storing your hand sanitizer in room temperature conditions, away from children and pets.

Along with washing your hands and maintaining a clean living environment, your hand sanitizer is the final component of maintaining a safe and healthy lifestyle for yourself and your loved ones. Make sure you’re making an educated decision in what you purchase and how you use it. If you learned something new, share the knowledge with someone who you think would benefit as well.

5 Dangerous Toxins and Chemicals to Avoid in Baby Products

5 Dangerous Toxins and Chemicals to Avoid in Baby Products

Can baby care products harmful to our children? As a parent, nothing is more precious than our children. We would do anything to protect them and ensure their safety. We teach them the best we can, are careful with their diets, and remain vigilant when it comes to the products we choose for them. 

Yet, no matter how careful we are, it’s still possible for things to slip past our eyes. It’s estimated that children are exposed to up to 27 harmful chemicals daily, thanks to personal care products (via the Environmental Working Group).

At Simpleaf, we believe that’s about 27 too many. Many parents don’t realize how common it is for everyday baby products like lotions, bath gels, shampoos, and sunscreens to contain harmful ingredients.  

These ingredients may cause health issues in the short term and even in the long term. While some are known to cause an immediate reaction on your baby’s skin, it is just as likely that the issues aren’t immediately apparent, which is even scarier! 

A baby’s skin is about 30% thinner than an adult’s, so ingredients are absorbed into the skin much faster. Over time, excessive exposure to these toxins can build up and harm your child’s skin health, behavior, immune system, and more. 

If you want to keep a more careful eye on the products you are using for your children, make sure to avoid these five dangerous toxins

 

1. Parabens

Parabens are synthetic preservatives that companies place in skin products to ensure they last longer. You might see paraben ingredient names like ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben.  

Why should you avoid these? Recent studies show that these ingredients imitate or mimic hormonal activity in the human body. Additionally, parabens have been associated with forms of breast cancer. For example, traces of parabens have been found in breast tumors when tested on baby animals’ exposure to parabens increased problems with social interactions, learning and memory. The jury is still out on the direct impact of the extremely common preservative on babies, which is why we don’t recommend its usage.

2. dyes

Companies often add colorful dyes to products because they are attractive and look fun, but the chemicals needed for these bright colors can be plenty harmful. Dyes used in foods and skin products are known to be harmful, yet they are still quite popular these days. Dyes have been linked to a variety of health issues such as tumors, hyperactivity, chromosomal damage, neurochemical effects, asthma, lymphomas, allergies, insomnia, and eczema. 

3. sulfates

Sulfates are very popular in cleansers and baby soaps you can find at the store. Their purpose in baby wash or shampoo is to induce an excess of bubbles or foam. These are so common because bubbles and foam often make people assume the product is more effective. You’ll be disappointed to find that sulfates are actually very toxic to the human body. Various sulfates have already been linked to cancer, skin irritation, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, and organ toxicity.

4. fragrances

Baby products often list “fragrance” as an ingredient. Instead of being a specific ingredient, this term often represents a category that encompasses hundreds of toxic chemicals. How do companies get away with hiding these chemicals? They are not required to reveal the actual chemicals they use to make the fragrance. This is particularly shameful since it keeps us in the dark when it comes to understanding how these products impact our babies. The chemicals behind the term “fragrance” are known for causing cancer, birth defects, allergies, nervous system disorders, and many other ailments.

5. Phthalates

Phthalates might look like it’s misspelled, but it’s a real word and you don’t want it in your baby products. Phthalates are chemicals designed to soften plastics and are often used as solvents in skin care products like soaps and topical creams. Though phthalates are banned from plenty of children’s toys, they are still common in baby care products. Phthalates have shown to be very harmful to our kidneys, liver, lungs, and reproductive systems.

Our Standards Are as High as Yours 

At Simpleaf, we understand how precious children are. That’s why we are committed to creating products that contain no harsh ingredients. Our products are the definition of “high-quality” with a baby-centered approach.  

We carefully formulate our baby wipes to ensure no harmful or harsh ingredients are used. In addition to being perfect for sensitive skin, our wipes are hypoallergenic and contain soothing aloe vera and vitamin E. 

If your standards are as high as ours, you’ll love our baby-beloved products.  

Should I Switch to Flushable Wipes?

Should I Switch to Flushable Wipes?

For millions of people around the globe, toilet paper is the default choice when it comes to cleaning up after a visit to the toilet. You take care of business, grab some toilet paper for assistance, and flush. Yet flushable wipes and bidets have made enough noise that you’re probably at least aware of them, especially since flushable wipes are eco-friendly.

Bidets might not be your thing, and that’s completely fine. However, wet wipes are similar enough to toilet paper that they deserve some consideration. These flushable wipes aren’t just for babies (though they are great for babies) – wet wipes are made for everyone.

Believe it or not, your wipe of choice impacts more than your experience in the bathroom. What you choose also impacts our planet. Here’s an in-depth review of toilet paper and flushable wipes so you can make the choice that works best for you.

The Case for Toilet Paper

Toilet paper has been around for almost two hundred years and is still so popular today because it’s convenient and reliable. Is it still the best choice in 2020? Let’s take a look:

Pros

  • Toilet paper can be relatively inexpensive, is easy to find, and comes in a variety of textures and thicknesses so you can find what works for you.
  • Since it’s made from paper, it bio-degrades quickly and efficiently so you never have to worry about it ruining your pipes or sewage system.

Cons

  • The texture of toilet paper can be rough on those with sensitive skin.
  • On some occasions, it can take quite a lot of toilet paper to ensure you’re feeling fresh and clean. The dry texture of toilet paper can make the cleaning process more difficult.
  • Some toilet papers are chlorine bleached to give them that pristine white color. This bleaching process produces dioxin, which is a harmful chemical byproduct and is bad for the environment.

The Case for Flushable Wipes

Flushable wipes have become more popular because they offer a different experience than typical toilet paper. Here’s how they stack up:

Pros

  • Flushable wipes are often stronger than toilet paper, making them more effective when it comes to cleaning.
  • The moisture in wet wipes also helps with the cleaning process, so you can feel fresh and clean without using many wipes.
  • Flushable wipes are great for cleaning up messes outside of the bathroom too, proving to be much more versatile than toilet paper.

Cons

  • Some flushable wipes contain plastic, which never decomposes and is bad for the environment.
  • Some wet wipes are marketed as if they are flushable even though they do not break down in water.

Simpleaf Helps You Bridge that Gap

Toilet paper and flushable wipes both have benefits and drawbacks, leaving you to wonder which is the better option. However, what if there was a product that offered all the benefits without any of the drawbacks?

Simpleaf wet wipes are maximize your benefits and minimize the negatives! These wet wipes are stronger, thicker, and moister then other options on the market so they can efficiently tackle any mess. Plus, Simpleaf wet wipes are made without harmful or harsh ingredients, so they are perfect for those with sensitive skin.

Simpleaf wet wipes are also eco-friendly. These wet wipes are made with 100% plant-based viscose and no plastic-based materials are used in their creation. This means these flushable wipes are perfect for your household, your body, and for environmental sustainability.

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for your baby, Simpleaf has exactly what you need. Shop now!

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5 Surprising Items You Should Never Camp Without 

5 Surprising Items You Should Never Camp Without 

Preparation is essential to any successful camping trip,

which is why it’s important to keep a detailed list of everything you need to bring on your camping trip. However, no matter how often you consult your list or how prepared you are, it’s common to find yourself lacking a certain item that would prove useful in the moment.

Camping is often meant to be a getaway – a time to withdraw from the normal hecticness of your day-to-day life. It just doesn’t make sense to bring everything along with you on your trip, but every person is different.

Some like to pack light, others prefer to pack too much if it means having the right tools for any given situation. Regardless of how you pack for your camping trip, there are certain essentials everyone should bring along with them: tents, sleeping bags, food and water, and a hatchet are all popular choices.

But there are some surprising items most campers don’t think of that could prove to be quite useful. Let’s take a look at our top five items you should never camp without:

  1. A Water-Tight Container 

If you have a camping trip planned and a site picked out, you’re going to go regardless of the weather. Sunny days are obviously preferred, but camping on a regular basis means you’re going to run into rain sooner or later.

If you don’t have a plan for a rainy day, you’re just asking for everything to get wet and your trip could be ruined. Tents and canopies are great, but leaks happen and things are liable to get soaked.

It’s important to have a water-right bin or tub on hand to store everything you don’t want to get wet.

  1. Solar Lights 

It’s common to bring flashlights and lanterns along for a camping trip, but solar lights can prove to be quite useful. There’s no need to worry about batteries dying, and they will charge on their own in the sun each day.

They’re great for defining boundaries in your campsite, guiding you in the dark whenever necessary. They can also be useful for marking where tent stakes and guylines are near the entrance of your tent, saving from you tripping over them as you head to bed.

  1. Tarps 

Tarps are often used as a foundation or base to set up a tent over, which can be very useful when the ground is wet or if rain is in the forecast. While this is a good enough reason to bring some tarps with you on your next camping trip, tarps have several other uses you can take advantage of.

Tarps can be used to line your vehicle when transporting firewood or other potentially messy items, and they can also be used to quickly cover items (or even a leaky tent) in the event of rain. If privacy is a concern, they can also be used in conjunction with a canopy to create walls that protect you from the prying eyes of others at the campground.

  1. A Tablecloth 

Most campgrounds you visit will have a wooden picnic table at each campsite, which can be very convenient. You’ll need a place to prepare food and a place to sit down and eat comfortably. However, many of these picnic tables are dirty thanks to being out in the elements at all times.

The easiest solution is to bring a tablecloth with you, as well as some clips to attach it to the picnic table. It’s simple to set up and will ensure you have a clean surface to prepare and eat your food. It’s also much easier to clean a plastic tablecloth than it is to clean the rough wood of the picnic table.

  1. Wet Wipes 

When you go camping, you have to expect to get a little dirty. Paper towels are always useful, but wet wipes are an often overlooked item that makes camping much easier and enjoyable. Not only are they great for cleaning up pretty much any mess, but they’re also perfect for keeping equipment clean and can help freshen you up when you’re in between showers.

Simpleaf offers the perfect wet wipes for your next camping trip.  Our wet wipes are larger, thicker, and moister than big brand wipes and contain no harsh ingredients so they’re perfect for even the most sensitive skin. Plus, Simpleaf is committed to being environmentally conscious, so all wipes are made with 100% plant-based viscose and no plastic-based materials are used in any of our products.

Get your Simpleaf wipes in time for your next camping trip! Shop now.

5 Hobbies to Pick Up while Staying In

5 Hobbies to Pick Up while Staying In

While we might be staying in more than we expected, it’s not too late to start picking up a new hobby, especially now that summer is finally in full swing! So the Simpleaf team put our brains together to pass on five ideas to make staying safe fun for everyone!

BECOME A PET TRAINER

Have a new puppy? Or want to finally teach your dog all the tricks so you can wow your friends when quarantine ends? With all the time in the world these days, your dog can be flipping and rolling and shaking all day long so on top of treats, your pet is going to need some help cooling off! I know what you’re thinking, are wet wipes safe for pets? Have no fear, we answered that question in the video below. So after your daily training session, make sure to have plenty of wipes to clean and treats to reward your four legged friend!

BECOME A GARDENER

The sun is out and there’s no better time to start building your herb garden or adding in some perennials to decorate your front yard. While there are plenty of online resources to learn about how to properly tend to your garden, one thing that every gardener needs to be successful is a little elbow grease. Gardening in the summer is no easy task physically or mentally. We encourage you to keep some of our XL body wipes handy and stay patient as you begin your new journey as a plant parent!

BECOME A MAKEUP ARTIST

Have you ever wanted that perfect smoky eye? Or that Kim Kardashian contour? Now is the time that you can play with your makeup ALL. DAY. LONG! Through Youtube, Instagram and TikTok you can find hundreds of make up gurus who can help you take your skills to the next level but good make up relies on good skincare. That means consistently and thoroughly removing all of your make up, a drag I know, but that’s where we come in! You can use Simpleaf’s lavender wipes to thoroughly remove makeup and trust that our all natural, paraben free products made for sensitive skin put your skin’s health first.

BECOME A FITNESS GURU

Some of us have taken the opposite approach here…going from working out daily to puzzling daily instead..oops! While it was fun at first, we were reminded that working out isn’t just for a summer body, it’s for our mental and physical health. Now, our answer to the stay at home, work from home, socialize from home cabin fever: a little socially-distanced sweat! From taking bike rides in your local park, taking online High Intensity Interval Training, or youtubing some Bikram Yoga, there are more ways than ever to break a sweat from home. If you find that you’re having to fit your workouts between work and don’t have time for a shower, that’s where Simpleaf’s XL Body Shower Wipes come in. With their intense 12 inch by 12 inch cleaning power and fresh eucalyptus scent, you can wipe the physical and mental stress right off!

BECOME AN OUTDOORS ENTHUSIAST

From talking a walk, going on a run, or hiking, fresh air is so important right now for our mental health. Spending time outdoors used to look like large gatherings of friends and family on a patio on the weekends but now, we can do that in a different way, which is kind of cool! We can picnic in a park or head to nice and hidden scenic area with housemates to get away from the city. Staying in made us realize how many nature-centered options there are, and as long as you remember your pocket sized Simpleaf wipes, to clean off dirt or sweat, this is a great way to safely enjoy all nature has to offer!

Wet wipes are great products with a variety of uses, from the bathroom to the great outdoors. Comment which hobbies you plan on mastering. Is it different from what we suggested? Let us know below!”