As we taught our children and are reminded to do now, we need to wash our hands. A lot. Washing hands excessively can dry out skin and nails so let’s talk about how to give our hands a helping hand. Read on to see my favorite products and homemade remedies that help to keep your hands and nails protected and moisturized. Of the utmost importance in today’s times, let’s first let’s discuss some healthy handwashing basics. Plus, I share a recipe for homemade hand sanitizer.

Hand Washing 101

Have a quick hand washing 101 refresher course with your family. Go over the proper way to really wash hands which includes thoroughly scrubbing the backs of hands, in between each finger, the thumbs, underneath the fingernails and the wrists, too. Remind them to spend 20 full seconds washing hands. Singing the Happy Birthday song twice or the ABCs twice is a good way to teach children.

Cool Songs To Sing & Wash To

Tired of those songs? Here is a list of some great tunes, some current and some from years before, that work for the handwashing recommended time. This fun list comes from Journalist Jen Monnier and the LA Times…

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Before the shortage of store-bought hand sanitizer, I hadn’t made my own. Now I plan to keep a homemade supply on hand (no pun intended). Here is the recipe I found on USA Today…

I did have trouble finding the ingredients in local stores. I was able to order what I needed on Amazon but with delayed shipping. It is recommended that 99% rubbing alcohol be used, which isn’t easy to find in the stores. My Amazon delivery did include the 99% grade but I had to wait a few days to receive it.

Dry Hand Helpers

Here are some of my favorite products that help to keep my hands moisturized. The other time in my life that had me washing my hands excessively was when I had newborn babies at home. I washed my hands so much that my knuckles bled a little from the excessive dryness so I tried several products that saved the day and my hands. The list of my current faves…

*Purely Northwest Tea Tree Oil Foot & Body Cream – It says foot on the label, but my hands love it as well. I also like that this brand is gentle enough for sensitive skin and Eczema. I paid $9.95 for my 8 oz tube on Amazon.

*The Honest Co. Organic All-Purpose Balm – Hypoallergenic, natural and soothing. It will leave a bit of a shiny residue on hands but it absorbs well and does the job. I put some on my hands before I go to bed every night. I paid $12.81 for a 3.4 oz tube at Whole Foods.

*O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream – My longtime hair stylist, Angelic with Dakis Hair in Tempe, recommends this unscented, non-greasy and hypoallergenic hand cream. She should know since she washes her hands all day long while shampooing her clients. I purchased my own tube at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $6.49.

*Aveeno Repairing Cica Hand Mask – Give yourself and your nails some relief and a mini at-home spa treatment with this cool product. I saw it at Target so I bought it for $2.99. Infused with prebiotic oat and shea butter, this 10-minute glove treatment will help when our hands get extra dry.

Put A Glove On It

A lot of us are doing extra cleaning so remember to glove your hands to protect your skin and nails from excessive dryness. I also bought a pair of gloves to wear to the gym to give me a little extra protection from the germs. Don’t forget to clean gloves often. My picks for putting a glove on it are…

*Syrovia Arm’s Length Reusable Kitchen Gloves – These gloves also protect wrists and forearms. $9.79 on Amazon.

*Reusable Silicone Dishwashing Gloves with Sponge Scrubbers – These are made from 100% food grade silicone so the gloves can be used to clean veggies and fruit. The gloves can be disinfected with boiling water since they are heat resistant up to 160 degrees.

Natural Remedies For Dry Hands & Nails

Some great natural remedies are probably already in your kitchen. For example,I regularly put olive oil on my hands and nails. Here are my home product recommendations…

*Olive oil – rub or spray a little on your hands and nails to combat dryness.

*Coconut oil – rub a little all over hands and nails. Works like petroleum jelly on hands.

*Honey – Rub on hands as honey is also anti-inflammatory.

What do you do to help your hands? Share in the comments section and be sure to check my blog at for more home and wellness tips. Stay well out there!

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