In my house, there are two options for wiping a runny nose: hanky or toilet paper. Guests often choose the latter.
People I respect use hankies — my late grandfather, Harold, and David Suzuki.
Will you save trees? Probably. An added bonus: never cleaning up after a facial tissue that goes through the wash!
Here's my simple three-step program:
Step 1: Buy, make or "inherit" hankies
First, raid Grandma's closet or chest of drawers (a Great Aunt or Uncle will do). Second, if you can sew a straight-ish line, you can make a hankie from scrap fabric. Finally, stop being so cheap and buy some. Hankettes and Hank&Cheef are organic cotton options made in Canada.
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Step 2: Wash your hands
Reusing a hanky exposes you to no more germs than carrying around a used facial tissue. Hanky Etiquette 101: always wash your hands after blowing your nose!
Step 3: Make hand sanitizer
Can't easily wash your hands after each blow? Make a batch of hand sanitizer to keep at your desk, in your purse or car.
Hand sanitizer recipe
60 ml pure aloe gel
125 ml grain alcohol (e.g., vodka) or rubbing alcohol
5-8 drops tea tree or thyme essential oil
Mix and store in a squeeze bottle. Optional: add 30 ml of vegetable glycerin to combat the alcohol's drying effect.
Will you make the switch? And who makes your favourite hankies?
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green