Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hands Clean


I read an interesting article the other day that I wanted to share with ya'll.  It was one of those things that, when I saw it, I was like, 'DUH, why haven't I ever thought of doing that!'  I found it on a great website that offers lots of tips on reducing waste of various types.  Now, before any non-greenies reading this roll your eyes and run off to look at something else, many of their tips are good for, not only the environment, but just flat saving money or protecting your own health.  Such as this article.  Even if you are not concerned with the environment, and shame on you btw if you're not (lol!), it's a great way to avoid flu germs, etc. in public places.  Basically, you keep a small towel in your purse, or vehicle for you guys, and take it in with you to restaurants, stores etc, where you might wash your hands.  Instead of using the paper towels or hand dryers in the restrooms, just use your own personal towel.  I personally HATE those dryers and always feel guilty for using paper towels.  It won't be wet enough to mess up anything in your purse but you can slip it in a baggy or such if you want.  Then just throw it in the laundry when you get home and replace with a clean one.  I think a decent washcloth would work fine but if you are feeling really crafty you could sew up a few simple cloths to use.  I'm thinking you could also buy one of those hair-drying towels and then cut it up into quarters.  They are designed to absorb lots of water and dry quickly.  Anything about 10x10 inches would be small enough to fit in almost any purse, even mine!  The health benefit is that it reduces the number of surfaces you touch in public spaces, thus reducing chances of picking up germs.  And, last but not least, it saves using so many paper towels, which usually come from trees!!
I got my towel, now you get yours!!!!

8 comments:

JO said...

Now that is a good idea. I hate those blowing things. I also started buying handsanitizers in large bottles and refilling the small sized ones, as I notice in this time of bad flu and colds stores stopped leaving the wipes at the doors. Go figure.

HermitJim said...

Sounds like a great idea to me!

Thanks for sharing this article with us...

Sissy said...

Yes, I agree this is a very smart idea. I find a fat washcloth so handy at times; hard to bathe with but great otherwise and otherwheres. I'll pass this on.

Anonymous said...

I am way ahead of the game, I have been using the absorbency of my jeans (tops of thighs first, back of thighs up to the butt if needed) since I was a kid... plus keeps your immune system up.
Love your blog.
kb

Rich said...

In a bit of cosmic coincidence, I happened to be watching The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe last night and one of the most important rules to traveling around the universe using your thumb was to "always know where your towel was because it could save your life" (or something sorta close to that).

edifice rex said...

Hey Jo! yeah, I despise those blowers; I don't know, I don't feel clean or something.

Hey Jim! you are welcome!

Hey Sissy! Yeah, they are better as hand towels and such to me.

Hey KB! oh yeah, I've done that too! Thanks and good to hear from you!

Hey Rich! that's funny! I always keep a small towel in my truck too. Handy sometimes!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks for the tip, Annie. I am always interested in environment and money saving tips. Personally don't mind the blowing hand dryers which do save some wasted paper. What's annoying to me is when you don't have a choice of which method to use.

Sandcastle Momma said...

I really like this idea. We've become serious germ-a-phobes this season and this is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!