Posts Tagged ‘MRSA’

CleanWell Hand Sanitizer: Product Review

I had been looking for an alcohol-free hand sanitizer for some time now that I could use on the go when I would not have access to soap and water, like at the playground, or after changing a diaper in the car (not while in motion) when we are out and about. I knew the alcohol-based ones were not safe for kids. If a child ingested it, they could get alcohol poisoning, so I didn’t even want alcohol-based sanitizers in the house knowing I can’t use it without my toddler begging for some as well. I prefer to avoid the ER.

Also, Triclosan is toxic, so that was out as well. As well as parabens, phthalates, PEG compounds, etc.

So a few weeks ago I stumbled upon CleanWell Hand Sanitizer. It claimed to be all natural, alcohol and triclosan free and kills 99.99% of germs, including MRSA, staph, E. coli, and Salmonella. It is botanically based, and no pesticides or chemicals are used. Plants are also a renewable resource. No petrochemicals or harmful byproducts are created during harvesting or manufacturing.


OK, I gotta be honest here, I LOVE this stuff. It smells great – a nice herbal smell. One or two sprays is all you need. One 1 ounce bottle will yield 225+ sprays, so you get 4 times as many uses as the gel sanitizers.

CleanWell Hand Sanitizer is safe, no parabens, phthalates, alcohol or other ickies. Thymus Vulgaris Oil is the active ingredient (hence the herbal scent). EWG’s cosmetic’s database does not list Clean Well Hand Sanitizer, but I entered the individual ingredients and everything was in the safe (0-2) category except citric acid which was a 4 (it seems mostly for skin sensitivities).

It’s important to note that there are good bacteria and bad bacteria, so using antibacterial products on a regular basis is not good or recommended. In fact, the over use of antibiotics and antibacterial products cases viruses to mutate creating superbugs and strains that are resistant to medication. So while CleanWell is a great product, it, along with other hand sanitizers and antibacterial products, should never be used on a regular basis. It should only be used when hand washing with regular soap and water is not an option (think port-a-potty, wiping noses in the car, etc.)

CleanWell Hand Sanitizer is available in purse/travel size (1 oz) and regular size (6 oz). I’d recommend several to keep in various places – your purse, the diaper bag(s), at work – so you will have it when needed. I have one in each diaper bag (we have 3), in my purse and on the changing table (easy for between kids when I am changing both).

CleanWell has a whole family of products including CleanWell Sanitizing Wipes, CleanWell Foaming Hand Wash and the CleanWell Hand Sanitizer.

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Protect Your Family from MRSA, part 2

According to the MAYO Clinic, 1/3 of people are carriers of MRSA, meaning the bacteria has colonized, but has not infected the person. A carrier may pass the bacteria on to others. You can get a simple nose swab test to determine if you are a carrier.

MRSA is primarily spread through physical contact with an affected person, but can also be spread in a community through other contact surfaces. Many get staph infections from being in the hospital, so PLEASE make sure your healthcare providers are washing their hands before examining you! It is not rude to ask, you owe it to yourself and your family.

MRSA is mutating and becoming drug resistant.
This is due to the over and unnecessary use of antibiotics. In humans, antibiotics have been prescribed to patients with colds, flu and other simple bacterial infections that do not respond to antibiotics, and even some viral infections that would otherwise clear up on its on. 

In animals antibiotics are also used in cows, pigs and chickens (important to note antibiotic use in animals is BANNED in the UK). These antibiotics run off these farms and find their way into our water. Not to mention, you ingest these antibiotics if you eat meat treated with them. I only buy organic meat – range free chickens and meat from grass-fed cows. Yet another reason I am glad I made the switch.

Even when antibiotics are used correctly, they do not always kill all the germs. The “survivors” then learn how to resist drugs.

A Vaccine?
60 Minutes also had a segment on MRSA Sunday night. They also mentioned MRSA is becoming resistant to antibiotics because the bacteria is mutating. They are working on a vaccine (which could take years), but because it is mutating, creating a vaccine is very difficult. I am believing in vaccines less and less, again, not sure it is the answer here either.  Since it is mutating so quickly, I do not think a vaccine would be very effective (see my post on the flu vaccine).

Then What Do I Do?
See Part 1 for some tips from a nurse. But the keys are: Make sure you wash, wash, wash your hands. Make sure your family is washing their hands. Make sure your healthcare providers wash their hands. The best defense is a good offense – take charge and protect yourself and family.

Protect Your Family from MRSA, part 1

The email below came from a friend of a friend who is a nurse. Good info to protect yourself from MRSA which is making quite a lot of headlines these days. The friend who sent this to me (not the author) personally knows about MRSA – her dad has had it twice this year, but blessedly is responding well to oral treatment. The nurse who wrote this went to high school with my husband and her dad was the CEO at Children’s Hospital.

Pretty scary stuff, but at least there are some very simple ways to protect yourself and your family. Here is the email:

Hey all,

Not only am I your friend or family, but this email is coming to you as my role as a nurse. MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphalococcus Aereus) is an infection that is hitting our country hard. It’s a nasty bacteria that is fighting all of our antibiotics. From listening to the news and World Health Organization reports, I am suspecting the strains of MRSA we are used to, have mutated. There are a few ways you can help protect you and your family from contracting MRSA.

Adament hand washing with SOAP and Water!!!! Avoid scratching yourself. If you do, wash area gently, but thoroughly with soap and water, then put Neosporin on the cut or scratch and cover with a band-aid for the first 24 hours. After that, keep using the Neosporin but without the band-aid until you feel the abrasion is healed enough with
‘natures bandaid’ a scab. Don’t eat or drink after others, even if it is your children or a spouse. There are many kinds of MRSA. The one hitting the news right now is the skin type that gets into your blood. Respiratory MRSA is a whole other ball game, but just as bad. So….that’s why I’m adding no eating or drinking after each other, especially if one of you is ill or HAS obtained a scratch, cut or bruise.

Some do not understand how MRSA can get into a bruise since the skin is intact. Well, the skin layer might be intact, but it IS compromised and very weakened due to trauma that caused the bruise. Therefore, the bruised skin area can allow Staph bacteria to enter the bloodstream.

I live in Murfreesboro, TN, and just learned that a 5 yr old girl from our town is now in Vanderbilt Children’s in Nashville from MRSA and fighting for her life. She can hear people, but she cannot respond. Sorry if my email has upset some, but this is very serious for ANYONE, particularly young children, the elderly or those that have a hard time fighting infections, have or have had cancer. As a healthcare worker, I always take precautions and have raised family up in that manner too, but I am going to go over with them again about precautions so NONE of them get MRSA. I’ve never sent an email like this to anyone, and those that know me well, also know that I don’t panic, so that should tell you how serious this is and to please, please be careful!!