Okay so, yeah: I’m a clean hand freak. On an almost-OCD-type level. I refuse to put food anywhere near my hands and mouth unless my hands—and those of the people partaking in said meal—wash their hands. Like, if I’m about to eat or cook, I wash my hands. After I touch my computer keyboard, I wash my hands. Steering wheels are gross. Best believe I’m washing my hands after I drive. And after I go grocery shopping. And if I’m in a public building where I’m required to, like, touch stuff.
I got issues.
And if there is any evidence of this, it’s the inordinate amount of hand soap I keep in every nook and cranny of our house. And the side-eyes I give Nick and the kids whenever they so much as look in the kitchen. “Did you wash your hands?” is probably the qustion most asked around these parts.
Still, I never really considered just how “dirty” my pretty, fancy, awesome-smelling handsoap (the brand of which shall remain nameless) was. Not, that is, until I started hanging out with the good folks at method. Who kinda shattered my junk when they pointed out that most handsoap is full of chemicals that suck. And rub off what you think are nice, clean hands and into your food, your face, your babies and basically whatever else you think its safe to touch after you wash your hands with it. The offending chemical? Triclosan. It’s an ingredient found in many hand soaps, particularly antibacterial hand washes, and, according to this New York Times article, does some pretty scary crap to lab rats and can cause antibiotic resistance.
The good folk at method insist my family and I can get our hands just as clean with plain old soap—sans the Triclosan—and water. Which pretty much means that every nook and cranny near the sinks in my house are now filled with a rainbow of method hand wash—with all their colorful, juicy, smell-good goodness. Word. My personal favorite? Lime and Sea Salt. It makes me happy. Like in this picture, where I got all Charlie’s Angels with my #MethodMaven girls Dani of Sometimes Sweet and Nicole of Making It Lovely.
Nope. We don’t have a lick of sense. Except for when it comes to the soap we put on our hands. And knowing that when there is a white jumpsuit just sitting around, you get your Charlie’s Angels on. And speaking of white jumpsuits that make us happy, check out method’s new “High-Five a Rainbow” video, with our favorite spokesinger, Noah, who is pretty much the only man alive who looks cool standing in front of a rainbow in an all white suit and a full, bushy face of hair, strumming a guitar.
And of course, this wouldn’t be a proper MyBrownBaby method post without some goodies for you. This month, method’s inviting you to play its “How Much method Does It Take To Make a Rainbow?” guessing contest on the method Facebook Page. You see that big gigantic, colorful wall of method hand soap goodness I’m posing in front of in the jumpsuit picture? Each of the “lights” are actually bottles of method hand soap. Guess how many method hand wash bottles were used to make the epic rainbow light installation in this month’s method video and the one with the closest guess—without going over—wins a $100 gift card to soap.com to stock up on method goodies AND a rainbow of handwash (a set of seven colorful method hand soaps). Ten runner-ups will win a $50 gift card. Guess daily for more chances to win. Of course, you have to “like” method’s Facebook page to win.
Happy guessing—and happy, healthy, non-toxic-chemical hand-washing with method hand soap!
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