Becoming a mom has made me privy to all sorts of cultural phenomena I never would have considered before. Like hand sanitizer. Take your kid to the mall play-area, let your mini sneeze or cough (gasp!), and voila! Before your eyes, little bottles of the clear gel are pulled from purses or diaper bags – every kid gets some, hands are rubbed together vigorously, and the threat of infection passes. Right?
I’m not a big germophobe – kids get sick, kids get dirty. In my mind, it’s all part-and-parcel of childhood. But as Reese attempts to master the potty-all-by-herself, my mind wanders…toilet germs on hands, hands on cup, hands on baby brother…ugh. And when I’ve got my hands full with a teething baby, let’s be honest – monitoring Reese’s hand washing sometimes doesn’t happen.
So I found this bottle of CleanWell at Target in the ever-expanding hand sanitizer section, and love it. It’s all natural – no alcohol, triclosan or weird chemicals, just herb oils and citrus to naturally kill off those nasty germs. (I’ll blog about The Greening of Lindsay later.) It’s pricier than other sanitizers, but lasts much longer. I should get paid for this recommendation. (Hear that, CleanWell people?) It smells great, Reese loves to spray her hands as part of her potty ritual, and I’m not apprehensive about her skin absorbing alcohol or harmful chemicals. Can I spray this on my grilled chicken? Mmm.