If there is one thing that you can be sure of with kids in the house, it’s that you’re going to need Dettol. Skinned knees are virtually a daily occurrence and before you go and stick the placebo band aid on, which is being pleaded for, you’re going to need to clean that graze up. A close second in regularity to the grazed knees is illness. With kids in daycare or school, the amount of germs that are being shared is almost unfathomable. Sloppy sneezes and nose picking galore. If you want to avoid bouncing from one sick family member to the next in a cycle so cruel it can send you round the bend, then hygiene is going to be key. Getting the family trained up on washing their hands with Dettol will go a long way to stemming the germ sharing. Why? It’s the germs we come in contact with throughout the day which can make us sick. The antibacterial properties of Dettol help to kill germs, protecting us against illness. Hence, the iconic logo of the sword, symbolising the killing of the germs and the shield, symbolising Dettol’s commitment to protecting communities. Of course, Dettol’s role in supporting basic hygiene is well known. What is perhaps less well known is how it can be utilised successfully in the fight against more significant and nasty skin disorders.
Skin infections come about as a result of harmful germs finding their way into the skin via a cut or break, which allows the germs to grow and spread. These germs typically come in the form of bacteria, fungi or viruses. Whilst Dettol is highly effective in protecting against and resolving skin infections, if infection is severe then a round of antibiotics may be required to resolve the infection.
Some typical types of skin disorders that Dettol can be utilised in the fight against include:
Obviously, our best line of defense against infection is to kill the germs before they even get to us. As bacteria and fungi can survive anywhere where there is moisture and warmth in your home, it is crucial to clean surfaces in the home to minimise the chance of coming into contact with these germs. The kitchen and the bathroom are the key areas where bacteria can thrive. Preparation of raw meat can see E. Coli bacteria rear its ugly head, whilst salmonella can also be present if preparing chicken and raw eggs. Disinfecting work surfaces with Dettol Surface Cleaner and regularly washing hands can help to keep your family safe from these harmful bacterias.
The bathroom is the other key area where bacteria can be highly present thanks to the possibility of faeces becoming areolised and landing on surfaces. Disinfecting these areas, along with practising good handwashing techniques can help to ensure good health for the whole family.
As well as bacteria, viruses can survive on surfaces for quite an extended period of time, sometimes even days. As a virus's goal is to replicate itself, which only happens by getting inside us to infect our healthy cells, disinfection can help to stop this process in its tracks. Rather than allowing viruses to temporarily camp out on surfaces before we inevitably come into contact with them, disinfection of the surfaces means the contamination doesn’t get from the surface, to our hands and then to our faces, providing an entry point and chance for replication.
So, despite Dettol being useful when applied to ourselves in treating particular infections, or warding off potential infections, really we are best off to get to the bacteria and viruses before they come in contact with us. Far more than just a treatment for just grazed knees and snotty noses, right? If you didn’t have Dettol in your house before reading this then I’m sure you’re on your way to the pharmacy now to pick some up.