Sunday, 24 April 2016

Deodorant discarded ~ hand-santizer way better

One for the bathroom
A vast amount of money must be poured into advertising deodorants: we see them so often on our television screen: we are informed of how this one doesn't stain, how that one has motion sensors, whatever that means, and another advertisement informs us that our armpits are ugly.  Really?  It's all such a nonsense and a waste.    

When a veteran of the Christchurch earthquakes told me that she used hand-sanitizer instead of deodorant I decided to give it a go - and have never looked back.  One of the many problems that beset Christchurch residents during the acute earthquake period was the absence of the usual household water supply.  How to keep clean and smelling acceptable was a pressing issue, and this was one of the solutions.

The secret of success is simple: armpit odour is caused by bacteria.  Hand-sanitizer is largely alcohol.  Alcohol kills the bacteria and that's it. 

How I apply it: I wash in whatever way suits me: a wet soapy flannel is just fine if I don't have time for a shower; dry normally; push the pump on the hand sanitizer once to get one blob on my hand, rub my hands together and pat under my arms.  It dries in next to no time and works perfectly.  What could be simpler?

I'm not aware of it causing any of the discoloration of clothing or build up in any residue that is associated with regular deodorants, and no special laundering is required.  Furthermore, it's not perfumed in any way that lasts beyond initial drying - what a relief that is!

Hand-bag sized hand sanitizer
I always carry a little bottle of hand sanitizer in my handbag and can pat on a bit more if needed, which is hardly ever the case.  I've never had any reason to go back to using ordinary deodorant. 

If you try it see how you get on.  If it suits you, great; if not, at least you gave it a go.  Everyone is different.  Products vary too, and some may contain ingredients that suit you better than others. 

Most deodorants have aluminium in them.  I remember years ago looking for a 'natural' deodorant, one that didn't have aluminium in it and found that all the ones I tried were disappointingly ineffective, so at that time I went back to using more commonly stocked deodorants.  I don't recall that hand-sanitizer products even existed in those days. 

Aluminium is very prevalent in the natural environment, and although probably harmless I prefer to avoid using it in this sort of personal product and in cookware.  I'm not aware of it as an ingredient in hand-sanitizer.

In the past Aluminium has been suspected of being linked to Alzheimers Disease.  However, this is no longer considered to be the case.  I have included the link below for those who are interested in reading more about it.  It is on the Canadian Alzheimer Society website, dated 2/10/2016:
Disclaimer: Please note that what I have written here is not medical advice.  Rather, it is what works for me.  I am not a pharmacist or health professional.  Each of us must take responsibility for our own health and welfare.

Another article which discusses the use of hand-sanitiser as a deodorant can be found here:
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At last - a new nightie for Ellen ~

I've been looking for nice nighties for my elderly mother, Ellen, for over a year, and at last I have found one.  Here it is: 

I found it in H & J Smith (formerly trading as Arthur Barnetts).  When returning to this shop to look one more time a rack of these nighties immediately caught my attention.

What Ellen wanted was something soft, feminine and practical, which can go through the rest home wash and tumble dryer.  It needs to have long sleeves, be of reasonable length, and easy to get in and out of, a description that this nightie easily meets. 

I picked out two possible sizes and took them to the counter, where the assistant helped me decide what to do.  I told her of my lengthy search and said how pleased I was to find something suitable at last, and she remarked that the other nighties would sell very quickly as they had "nothing else like them". 

I asked if I could take two different sizes for Ellen to try on, since Ellen isn't able to get out to shop, and this was agreed to: I would have to pay for both, but could return the one that didn't fit for a full refund - no problem.  This is different from the shop's published statement of terms and conditions for returns so I was glad I asked.

Ellen was delighted.  She liked the style so much that we decided to see if we could get a second one.  I phoned the shop and asked.  They didn't have another in that size, but their Invercargill shop did and they had it couriered up.  It was just as well to have arranged this when I did as by the time I went in to collect it a few days later it all the others had disappeared.

There should be a message in this for retailers.  Can we have more like these please!  What was so unsuitable about the others?  Mostly it was the colour of the fabric and the patterns on them: most had some or more of the following features: stripes, spots, garish colours such as vivid cyclamen pink, intense turquoise, grey, or black, or had cartoon characters or witticisms printed on them.  Simple elegant nightwear in pale colours with soft restful patterns, if patterns there are - this is what we want.  I know that Ellen and I are not the only ones.  It shouldn't be hard and it isn't.  I am sure that it is just a matter of stockists being more discerning.  Good luck to all my fellow shoppers!   

Readers may recall that I mentioned my search for nighties in my article:
Other articles in the Elderly and dependent series can be found via the link below:
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