As we head into summer, there has never been more of an importance placed on clean hands. According to WHO (Worldwide Health Organization), clean hands are key in saving lives. This is important to remember as we go about our daily lives.
As a small, family-owned business, we are a part of the community, and the families within it. As such, we are working to get hand sanitizer bottled and out there to help keep your family safe when you’re out and about and don’t have access to soap and water.
Additionally, we’ve proudly partnered with another Iowa-based family-run business, The Mississippi River Distilling Company. This means you’ll be able to keep your hands clean while buying from and supporting two local businesses. We are so proud of the way we continue to see our fellow Iowans supporting each other. It’s especially important right now for our state, our country, and our world, to unite like never before. #IowansUnite #MadeinIowa #MadeintheUSA
In this blog post, we’ll discuss why keeping your hands clean is paramount during this time, as well as details about our new hand sanitizer
Read on for more information.
Why Hand Sanitizer?
Simply Soothing is a small, family-run company. We started out of the desire to ensure that our families stay happy and healthy without harsh ingredients.
Our most popular product, Bug Soother, was created with our founder’s grandson in mind. Not wanting him to be exposed to DEET, Freda created a simple, natural, yet effective formula that smells great, but bugs hate it! After giving it to family members to try, it was proven incredibly effective…and the rest, as they say, is history!
Because Simply Soothing’s ethos is all about protecting our family, as well as yours, we felt that working with The Mississippi River Distillery to offer a hand sanitizer was a perfect addition to our products, especially at this time when we are all looking for effective ways to keep everyone’s hands clean while we’re running errands or out in nature.
How is Our Hand Sanitizer Brand Different From Other Brands?
Simply Soothing Hand Sanitizer is a spray instead of a gel. This allows for much more versatile use, as well as allowing you to use it to clean on the go. You can use our sanitizer to spray carts at the grocery store before and after use, as well as on many other communal surfaces.
Our hand sanitizer is made up of 80% alcohol, meaning it meets Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guideline on alcohol-based hand sanitizer. According to the CDC, a hand sanitizer must have a base of 60% alcohol to be effective, and we are proud to not just meet that standard but to surpass it.
During these unprecedented times, we’ve partnered with Mississippi River Distilling Company, a family-run spirits business, located in SE Iowa.
By purchasing our hand sanitizer, you’re not just helping to spread clean hands around the area instead of germs, but you’re also proudly supporting two Iowa-based, family-run companies.
Why Is Hand Washing Important?
Hand washing has always been important, but in these times, the importance of it has been further highlighted.
Although many of us take hygiene for granted, the WHO has always stated that hand washing is imperative to keep healthy. In countries where there is not access to clean water or hand sanitizer, there are often instances of people dying from preventable diseases.
Washing your hands is an important step in preventing oral transmission of viruses and bacteria. It is also paramount in preventing bacteria and viruses from entering your body via your nose and eyes.
During the day, we often touch surfaces that have been handled by many different people. We also place our hands near human waste each day (Yuck). Bacteria and viruses live in human waste and on many surfaces. If we don’t wash our hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, it can lead to serious consequences, including health issues.
When Should I Use Hand Sanitizer?
According to both WHO and the CDC, you and your family should always opt for washing your hands with soap and water first. This is your front-of-the-line defense and assures that you get most of the germs from your hands to prevent the transmission of viruses.
Hand sanitizers will often simply stop the growth of germs instead of killing them. While this can be effective in stopping the spread of viruses, it is clear that hand washing is the best bet in this instance.
Luckily, Simply Soothing offers two options of soap for its customers, both available on our website. Our soothing hand soap and cold process soap are both equally effective in the fight against germs, providing you use the proper hand washing technique.
However, if you do not have soap and water available, hand sanitizer is your second-best option. Putting hand sanitizer in your purse, bag or diaper bag is a great idea to ensure you have it with you at all times. Leaving a bottle in your car can also be helpful.
When you’re out running errands or in nature if you do not have access to clean water and soap, you should use your hand sanitizer after touching communal surfaces, after using the bathroom and before eating.
Additionally, you should use hand sanitizer or wash your hands after:
- Coughing or blowing your nose
- Before making food
- Before and after touching an open wound
- After you handle animal waste
- After playing with animals
- After feeding animals
- After touching garbage
- After changing diapers or helping a child use the toilet
- After vomiting or caring for someone who has just vomited
When Hand Sanitizer is Not Effective
According to the CDC, there are instances when hand sanitizer is not effective, and soap and water must be used. This is something to think about if you’re taking a trip into nature with your family or running errands around town.
If your hands, or your child’s hands, are greasy or visibly dirty, hand sanitizer will not cut it. This is because the hand sanitizer is not able to both wash away the grease or the dirt as well as clean your hands completely. In this case, you’ll need to wash your hands with soap and water.
Additionally, hand sanitizer cannot cut through all of the grease and dirt your child may collect on their hands when playing with a ball outside or playing in communal areas. If your hands get greasy after playing baseball, basketball or after touching communal surfaces, you’ll also need soap and water.
Hand sanitizer is also not effective if you have touched harmful chemicals. In this case, you’ll need to wash your hands with soap and water. If the chemicals are incredibly harmful, you’ll need to call the local Poison Control Center.
How Do I Use Hand Sanitizer?
When applying hand sanitizer, it should mimic that of washing your hands with the proper technique.
Our hand sanitizer is a spray, so you’ll want to spray it liberally on your hands and on your children’s hands. Once the sanitizer is on both of your hands, place both palms together and rub them. Then, cross your fingers and make sure the sanitizer gets between them.
After that, place the hand sanitizer on your nails and rub it in with your other hand. Once you’ve finished, place the sanitizer on the backs of your hands and rub the entire surface.
Then, spread the sanitizer over each of your thumbs and down over your wrist. If you need to spray your hands multiple times, don’t be afraid to do so. You can’t really use too much of it when putting it on your hands.
Once you’ve finished putting the hand sanitizer on, allow your hands to dry for a good couple of seconds. Do not wipe your hands on your clothing or other surfaces, as this will defeat the entire purpose of the hand sanitizer.
Hazards of Hand Sanitizer
Keep our hand sanitizer, and any other, out of reach of small children. If swallowed, it can cause alcohol poisoning due to the high level of it within the mixture.
Purchasing Our Hand Sanitizer
Right now you can purchase our hand sanitizer online, as well as all of our other products.
Take a moment to browse our selection of products to get your sanitizer, and anything else that catches your fancy, get sent straight to your door without any hassle. Live local to Columbus Junction, IA? Skip the shipping! You can submit an order for our retail products through our website and select “Pick Up” instead of “Ship” to pick up your safe, “no contact” order from our location.
To learn more about our Simply Soothing Hand Sanitizer please visit us here
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With all of the talk about “social distancing” these days, it’s important to remember that “social distancing” doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stay stuck inside to be safe!
Spending time outdoors is an important activity for our family, as you might have guessed since we created our own natural bug spray to spend more time out and about! 😉
As Covid-19 continues to spread across the USA and around the world, with many adults working from home and kids adapting to homeschooling, cabin fever is starting to kick in for most of us. It doesn’t HAVE to be this way. As long as we take precautions, such as not gathering in large groups, keeping at least 6 feet between ourselves and anyone not from our households, trying not to touch our faces, etc. there are ways to get out and about for some much-needed fresh air!
Many national, state, and local parks have stayed open during the coronavirus outbreak, and they are FREE to visit. Find a more isolated area of the park as you adventure through paths and trails you have been meaning to explore. Go biking, jogging, hiking, etc. just make sure to steer clear of crowded areas, and don’t forget to bring along your Bug Soother!
Explore your Neighborhood
Grab your dog, grab your kids, and go for a walk or a bike ride around your neighborhood. Become a “tourist in your own town” as you stroll around town, waving to your neighbors and strangers alike. As long as you make sure to keep a good distance from other community members, this is a fun way to actually SEE people out in the world, to make eye contact, and to not feel so alone. You may even notice some cool things about your community that you hadn’t noticed before! In many communities, neighborhoods have even begun hosting “scavenger hunts” where they decorate their doors and windows each week with different coordinated decorations, giving kids and parents alike something fun to search for in the community each week.
It’s finally spring, and the weather should (allegedly) start warming up soon. Start getting your camping gear ready and check to make sure you’re stocked up on Bug Soother. Then start planning where you’d like to camp for a few nights to get away from the world! (and in particular, from your house) Want something a little closer? Pitch a tent in your own backyard for something a little different.
Speaking of your backyard, now’s the time to get creative! Plant a flower or vegetable garden, have a movie party with your family, eat dinner on the deck, have a BBQ. Encourage your kids to come up with themes to turn your backyard into your own, private oasis! Have a dance party! Plan a game night! Maybe now’s the time to redesign your backyard, and let your family help you. Make sure you grab our new mosquito repellent Bug Soother candle and pair it with our natural bug repellent, Bug Soother, to help keep unwanted biting guests away.
Take a family field trip, or a romantic date outdoors in the evening. Check the weather and a sky chart to find a good night for some star watching, then grab a blanket and head to a remote location or even your own backyard to settle in for the “show.” Don’t have a telescope? You can even use most types of binoculars to get a little better view, or just enjoy the immense night sky with the naked eye!
Above all, just remember to be patient with yourself, and with others!
In times like these it can often feel like we are alone in our struggles, especially when we literally have to keep at least 6 feet between us and many of the people closest to us…but let’s not forget that we are all in this TOGETHER, and we WILL get through this. We have some hard times ahead, but when we work together, and have faith (in each other, in God, or in whatever your personal belief system), we can accomplish incredible and beautiful things. So let’s please remember to be kind and love one another.
Still looking for some ways to enjoy life while participating in “social distancing”? Check out this little video our 8 year old grandson (Xander) made with some recommendations for ways to bring yourself and your family a little joy!
Sending love from our family to yours!
*Hopefully we don’t need to mention this, but we are not medical professionals, just a family and small business encouraging you to safely remember to enjoy the outdoors. It’s good for you and can even help improve mental health. As always, PLEASE make sure you are listening and following any direction the CDC or your local doctor is telling you!
It is with some sadness that we are announcing the closing of our Simply Soothing Marketplace retail store: effective January 10th.
Retail is very challenging, and especially in small towns. We have struggled for several years to keep this type of store open, but have made a business decision not to continue so that we may concentrate on other parts of the business.
The concept for our Simply Soothing Iowa Marketplace came from attending craft shows and watching people lugging beautiful handcrafted items around from show to show, while charging not much more than what would cover their costs. My vision was to create a comfortable storefront that would showcase these items, and allow people to shop in a relaxed atmosphere. Buying unique gifts made in our home state, while creating a sustainable business for the crafters.
We very much appreciate all the customers that have stopped in to buy gifts over the years. Our vendors appreciate them as well. Although we have had some of the best customers in the world, we have just not had enough of them to support this part of our business.
Please understand that lack of sales is definitely not a reflection of the beautiful items we have carried in our Columbus Junction store. It has always been heartbreaking to me that we couldn’t do justice for the hard work that has gone into the crafting of these gifts.
Over the next few weeks we will be open. There are many gifts left to buy, but when they are gone, they are gone. (Simply Soothing products, including Bug Soother, will continue to be available, but we will no longer have additional Iowa vendor’s items for sale.) Many of the vendors in Simply Soothing Iowa Marketplace are offering amazing discounts. There is not a better time to shop than now during the height of the holiday season, to buy something lovingly made by local Iowa artisans, rather than shipped in from China.
Simply Soothing will continue to make and sell our own products. We are going to put more effort into wholesale and ecommerce with a wider customer base while we continue to bring you natural, nourishing, and affordable products for you and your family. We will continue to keep you updated on what we are doing with that part of the business, in the meantime take advantage of some great sales on the Simply Soothing products you love. If you aren’t familiar with the products we make (beyond Bug Soother), please make sure to take a moment to learn about some of the other soothing products we make right here in SE Iowa.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season,
Freda Sojka, CEO of Simply Soothing
With all of the cold weather, natural bug repellent is probably the LAST thing on your mind…but with spring quickly approaching, it’s never too early to get stocked up on bug spray!
While Bug Soother was originally created for humans, our customers continually show us new ways to use our all-natural insect repellent! One popular use of Bug Soother is on animals. From horses to dogs to tigers, customers use Bug Soother all the time to keep their furry friends safe, happy, and gnat-free. But, outside of the animals we mentioned, it is also effective at keeping the gnats away from our feathered friends, like chickens and turkeys.
Although it is not widely known, gnats can be more than just annoying; a large swarm of gnats can be very harmful to chickens, even leading to death in some cases. There are over 56 million chickens in Iowa alone, so as you can imagine, this can be a big problem! At a very basic level, the extra energy exerted by chickens as they move around to avoid the gnats can cause them to suffer from heat stress, especially as gnats are typically most prevalent in already hot weather. But worse than this, black flies (“buffalo gnats”) which are typically the culprits, bite, and their saliva creates an allergic reaction. For humans, this usually just causes an itch. But for chickens, this can lead to allergic shock. Gnats also tend to get caught in chickens’ nostrils and airways, leading to suffocation. We’ve even heard a story of a chicken owner finding her beloved bird covered in gnats, not breathing. She says she “brought her chicken back to life” with Bug Soother when she sprayed her chicken with Bug Soother, and the gnats dispersed!
Whether you have a large poultry farm, or simply a small coop in your backyard, gnats can be a big problem in the summer. So, the question remains: what should you do to keep your chickens gnat-free? Because gnats thrive in hot, sticky environments, putting a fan in your coop can help deter them. Additionally, gnats are drawn to light, so keeping the coop dark inside will discourage them from bothering your chickens.
A final solution is to use our natural bug spray, Bug Soother, which comes in a 32 oz spray bottle, and a gallon jug, making it simple to spray your whole flock! Whether you find one of these natural solutions helpful, or you come up with your own way to keep the gnats at bay for your chickens, we hope you are able to keep your flock gnat-free! How do you keep YOUR chickens or any other outdoor pets & livestock gnat-free?