MooGoo When to use AntiBacterials

Have you 'herd' of the hygiene hypothesis. The hygiene hypothesis says a child's environment can be "too clean," and the lack of exposure to germs does not give the immune system a chance to develop resistance to diseases. So the hygiene hypothesis suggests exposure to a wide range of micro organisms helps train the immune system so that it does not react inappropriately to various allergens. Lack of exposure, according to some, may increase the risk of asthma, eczema and hay fever. 

But, some germs can make a person sick. The conflict between cleanliness and exposure can leave parents feeling confused. There are many microbes that can make children very sick, such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), E.coli and salmonella. What should we be exposed to and what should we be protected from?

The US Centre for Disease Control recommends regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in the home, especially when surfaces have been contaminated by faecal matter or meat or have come in contact with those who have a virus. Children are also encouraged, though, to play outside, even if they may get dirty in the process. This balancing act may prove to help children stay healthy while still developing a healthy immune system. 
However, it is a complicated and controversial area. 
There are many anti-bacterial cleansers. Most are alcohol-based or use ingredients such as Triclosan. These are effective but…
Like almost all of our MooGoo, the Antibacterial Hand Moisturiser we formulated was as a result of feedback from our customers.  In this case, we discovered that lots of nurses and others working in the health care field suffered skin problems due to the ongoing use of alcohol-based antibacterial cleansers.  It seemed pretty unfair that those who help take care of our health, suffer as a result.  So we set about creating an effective alternative solution.
It took a couple of years to get it right.  Alcohol based antibacterial solutions certainly kill bacteria, along with all the natural oils that keep your skin soft and hydrated!  Another antibacterial ingredient is Triclosan, commonly found in household products.  We read some concerning research, which indicated that it was no more effective than washing with soap and water and may cause other problems related to bacterial resistance, and ecotoxicity.  Let’s be honest – we were never seriously considering this one anyway, the name itself sounds dastardly, and is totally not our natural vibe!
Enter, essential oils!  Over the years we’ve stayed away from them in our formulations.  Not because we don’t like them, it’s just that they can be allergy triggers for some of our customers with sensitive skin.  In this case, though, essential oils turned out to be the best option.  We use a blend of 5 EO’s each targeting different types of bacteria.
  • Thymus Vulgaris – aka Thyme Oil (it’s not vulgar at all, by the way)
  • Melaleuca Alternifolia – aka Tea Tree Oil
  • Citrus Sinensis – aka Orange Oil
  • Citrus Limonum – aka Lemon Oil
  • Rosmarinus – aka Rosemary Oil
Thyme and TeaTree
It works!  We put it to the test in an independent time kill study (details below).
MooGoo AntiBacterial Independent Test

What was just as exciting for us, was that when we sent it out to our Volunteer testers (a bunch of Nurses no less) they liked it – many said they’d prefer to use it over their existing hand sanitiser.  Read what they had to say.

Unless, like our Nurses you need to constantly wash and sanitise your hands, we don’t advocate that you use it 20 times an hour.  We do hope it will be something that you can keep handy when your life (or your kids) get a little too messy! 
MooGoo AntiBacterial
Here are a couple of situations you might find yourself in, where you’ll probably be extremely thankful that you’ve got your Antibacterial Hand Moisturiser handy:
  •  Music Festivals.  Even if you’ve got a high tolerance for grossness, a music festival “toilet” at 10pm will truly test your limits.  There won’t be any water for washing your hands so just get on with it as best you can, and then get out of there as fast as you can.  When you’re a safe distance away (at least 100 metres!) cover your hands in Antibacterial and try to forget. 
  • Family Reunions. We LOVE our family.  Even our long lost Aunt who insists that we hold her lapdog that doesn’t seem to have been washed in 5 years (perhaps we should send her some Dr Zoo!) while she takes a “good long look at you”.  Not to mention your cousin’s messy little rugrat!  Sometimes families are icky.  Smooth on some Antibacterial, get those cheeks ready to be squeezed, and soldier on!  
  • Special Nights out.  We all have at least one friend who will insist on hiring a “male entertainer” (ok, let’s not be coy, we’re talking about a stripper) to help us celebrate our impending nuptials or milestone birthday.  Whether we like it or not.  And as it’s our night, we’ll have the dubious honour of rubbing in the baby oil. We won’t be able to get out of it.  But when it’s over we’ll have our Antibacterial to help take away the baby oil, stripper sweat and that lingering sense of embarrassment.
  • Travelling. Especially after handling currency. You will be amazed at what a difference not feeling sick can make to your Instagram selfies. 

Got a sticky situation to add to the list?  Tell us in the comments below.

Are you a nurse or medical practitioner in Australia?  If so, please email us for some samples to be sent to your practice or hospital (Mention this blog in your email).  
Image of Thyme: Image Credit Isaac Wedin, Flickr
Image of Tea Tree: Image Credit John Tann, Flickr