Let's face it: I'm a germaphobe. And becoming a parent has only intensified this embarrassing condition. After spending a miserable week or more cooped up in the house with a poor, sick child, almost any mom will tell you the great lengths she'll go to to keep illness at bay. That's me who's always armed with my hand sanitizer and antibacterial soaps and who cringes any time my daughter steps near a playground or heads off to preschool. It's not something I'm proud of but there it is--my obsessive compulsion with avoiding germs.
Luckily there are companies out there who are not only working to help crazed mothers like me keep their kids healthy but who want to go about it the safe way. CleanWell provides hand soaps and hand sanitizers that use plant oils to kill 99.9% of the germs with which we come into contact. Their products are 100% alcohol- and tricolsan-free which is something any mom (or dad) can get behind. One of my fears of using the traditional ant-bac stuff is that my daughter could accidentally get a hold of the alcohol-based ones I use and ingest some of it which could lead to life-threatening alcohol poisoning. And Triclosan is the stuff that, while it's great at ridding our environments of germs, may possibly allow harmful bacteria to become antibiotic resistant. Yikes. What's a neurotic, germ-conscious mom to do?
With a newborn and a preschooler in the house I was excited to accept The Parent Bloggers offer to try CleanWell's new line of antibacterial hand soaps. The result? I'm impressed. The natural, plant-derived ingredients are milder on my skin than other anti-bac products I've tried before. The scents are lovely because they're not artificial (Orange/Vanilla is my personal favorite!). The packaging is simple and sleek (the labels are easily removed for your aesthetic enjoyment). In fact, the only thing I can complain about regarding CleanWell's new line of hand soaps are the pumps. Two of the three bottles I received didn't pump easily (once I pumped the soap I expected the pump to bounce back, ready for it's next use but instead the pump stuck in place and I had to unstick it again before each use). This complaint is not a show stopper or anything that would prevent me from purchasing the soaps in the future, but I did find it to be a tiny bit annoying nonetheless.
CleanWell's hand soaps are now available at Target and although the price per bottle is a little more than I was spending on traditional anti-bac soaps, I won't mind spending a little more for the peace of mind that CleanWell's all-natural and safe antibacterial soaps can buy this obsessive compulsive germaphobe mother.