I'm writing this post out of obsessive rage!! Maybe not the best idea, but I feel it needs to be done.
I'm sitting in my room, watching Kate & Leopold crocheting more of those little face wipes for myself, and a commercial comes on. A commercial that is so shocking to me that my mouth actually dropped open and hung there for a moment. It's because I saw this:
That's right. Public washroom style disposable hand towels for your house. HOW RIDICULOUS IS THIS?!?!
I can't believe it. Not only is this wasteful, I'm tired of these companies trying to scare us that nothing is clean enough.
What is really wrong with a regular hand towel? We've been doing this for years and years and years!
On the website they list "hand drying facts"
Give me a break!!
(Please note that the following is all my personal opinion, and although I am educated in a science related field, the following is not based on scientific fact)
Yes, a towel can be "dirty" without looking it. However, I think that if you change your towels often and wash them regularly, anything that is still on the towel is probably not going to harm you, in fact, it's probably just what your immune system needs.
Of course washing a towel does not ensure clean hands. Washing HANDS is the only way to ensure clean hands.
I would guess that the studies showing that single use towels are more hygienic are based on studies in public establishments, and I don't think that this is really comparable to our own homes. Even if it is, I still stick by my first statement!
Perhaps drying hands with single use towels prevents the spread of germs, but again, the really important thing here is to stress the importance of good hand washing!
Okay, so there you have it. These "towels"? Ridiculous.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we should go back to using handkerchiefs instead of tissues, and get rid of our pillowy soft toilet paper, but there's a line, and this crosses it!
Other disposables I think should be done away with? Those disposable toilet brushes, most cleaning wipes, and as much as possible, disposable dishes.
If anyone is still with me, wow, thanks for putting up with this rant. I'd love to hear other people's thoughts on this too, and of any other ridiculous products you have heard of lately!!