It is well known that germs can make a person sick. The conflict between cleanliness and exposure can leave all of us feeling confused, especially parents. There are many microbes that can make children very sick, such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), E.coli and salmonella. What should we be exposed to and what should we be protected from?

The US Centre for Disease Control recommends regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in the home, especially when surfaces have been contaminated by faecal matter, or meat, or have come in contact with those who have a virus.
At the same time, children are encouraged to play outside, even if they may get dirty in the process and come into contact with a variety of germs and bacteria.  It is thought that exposure to a wide range of micro organisms can help train the immune system so that it does not react inappropriately to various allergens.
Antibacterial cleanser

There are many anti-bacterial cleansers and most are alcohol-based or use ingredients such as Triclosan. According to the US Food & Drug Administration (U.S. Government Agency), Triclosan is an ingredient of concern to many environmental, academic and regulatory groups. Animal studies have shown that triclosan alters the way some hormones work in the body and raises potential concerns for the effects of use in humans. We don’t yet know how triclosan affects humans and more research is needed (

Like almost all MooGoo products, the Antibacterial Hand Moisturiser was formulated as a result of feedback from customers.  Lots of health care workers, such as Care Assistants, Nurses and Doctors, suffered skin problems due to the ongoing use of alcohol-based antibacterial cleansers.  It seemed pretty unfair that those who help take care of our health suffer as a result.
Alcohol based antibacterial solutions certainly kill bacteria, along with all the natural oils that keep your skin soft and hydrated!  Triclosan is commonly found in household products and recent research indicates that it may cause other problems related to bacterial resistance, and ecotoxicity. MooGoo saw an area in the market that needed some healthy, natural options.
Enter, essential oils! Sometimes essential oils can be allergy triggers for some people with sensitive skin, but as a healthy, natural option,  essential oils proved to be perfect.  MooGoo use a blend of 5 Eseential Oils, each targeting different types of bacteria.
  • Thymus Vulgaris  (Thyme Oil)
  • Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil)
  • Citrus Sinensis (Orange Oil)
  • Citrus Limonum (Lemon Oil)
  • Rosmarinus (Rosemary Oil)

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