Why it’s always a great idea to have a hygiene kit on hand during COVID-19

Updated on March 31, 2021

From those who are homeless to the wealthy 1%, home hygiene kits are necessary for anyone and everyone. We all need to take care of ourselves and prioritize our health, and desperate times crop up for everyone.  Whether you view hygiene kits as a critical aspect of your health maintenance or an emergency solution to include in your protection plan, it’s evident that there is a universal need for hygiene kits. Here we discuss their many benefits and why the need to include these kits as part of your self-protection plan is critical against the spread of the virus and any other contaminants known to affect your health adversely.

Vulnerable Groups Need Kits 

Hygiene kits are an immense aid to people who are ill-equipped to take the proper care they need to protect themselves against the virus’s spread. Vulnerable populations are particularly susceptible to disease and living so close to one another doesn’t help. Thankfully, relief and development teams are coming together to provide those in need with hygiene kits to ensure that the essentials of hygiene and self-protection against the virus’s spread are covered. The kits include soap, aqua tablets, teeth cleaning devices, purified water bottles, and other personal hygiene items. You can do your part as a global citizen and donate to vulnerable world populations through relief and development teams. 

Things to Consider 

If you’re fortunate enough to live in a developed country, hygiene kits are still crucial for you to include as part of your personal hygiene and protection plan. Given the high demand for essential workers, increased cases of the virus mean that many sick patients will be turned away from the hospital due to lack of room and staff assistance. When you’re on your own, you want to be able to do all you can to keep yourself safe. For your emergency hygiene kit, be sure to include items for self-protection for self and others; this means including cleaning items that keep your surroundings free of contaminants. Your kits should consist of bleach, surgical masks, disposable gloves, soap, tissues, and hand sanitizer. If you plan on washing any clothing, include laundry detergent in your kit, and remember to wash your items on the hot setting. The best gloves to use are rubber or nitrile, as these have less susceptibility to break and can be worn for more extended periods. Remember to avoid coming in contact with your face when you are wearing gloves, as you will quickly spread the contaminants that they have touched onto your face. Gloves are not the first line of defense that health experts vouch for because it is easy to touch your face accidentally. Instead, rely on regular hand washing with hot water and soap to effectively kill germs. 

Wholesale Bulk Hygiene Kits

If you don’t have the means to create your home hygiene kit, consider getting wholesale bulk hygiene kits. Many of these companies support kit donations to homeless populations around the world. They include all of the essentials you’ll need to take care of yourself and others to slow the spread. Health experts genuinely agree that keeping your hands clean is the number one thing you can do to protect yourself against the spread of the virus. For those without the ability to wash their hands regularly, bulk kits often include hand sanitizer that makes an effective second option for those looking for a way to maintain clean hands regularly. Many wholesale kits go above and beyond CDC recommendations and offer hand sanitizer solutions beyond the recommended percentage of alcohol to fight germs more effectively than recommended. The CDC suggests that your hand sanitizer contains 60% alcohol, and many bulk hygiene kits include those that are 70% alcohol. Many kits also provide easy-to-use soap that comes in travel-size containers with caps that pop open and closed. The easy reseal function makes it possible to use these travel soaps repeatedly without the need to touch lids or pumps. 

Considerations for At-home Care 

If you are sick, you’ll need to prioritize isolating yourself from those around you and have the items you need to say safe and clean. If you are lucky enough to have a guest house or a guest room with a private bathroom, these are top options for family members caring for someone sick in the family. If you don’t have the ability to do this, create a similar situation to make things work. If you live in a studio apartment, the sick person gets the bed, and you get the couch. Make things work for your situation so that everyone can stay safe. Safety is the key. 

Cleaning and Sanitation Tips 

Make sure to continue wearing masks whenever you or a family member will be in the same room as one another or come in close proximity to each other in passing. Use gloves whenever you touch doors, handles, or knobs, when you’re cleaning, etc. You can use a diluted bleach solution to clean rubber gloves and be sure to throw out disposable gloves like nitrile or latex after each thirty-minute use. Be mindful of not touching your face when you’re wearing gloves. Your kit should also include tissues and paper towels so that individual hand drying can take place without contaminating shared towels. Use a paper towel rack in the bathrooms that are shared instead of a common hand towel to keep things safer. Another thing to keep in mind is having a box of disinfectant wipes handy to quickly wipe down surfaces that can come into contact with contaminants. You can keep these boxes in your bathroom or another shared area where exposure is a risk. 

DIY Kit Items to Include 

If you’re making your hygiene kit from home, you can include additional items that assist with healing if you are a sick patient or plan on caring for one who is. For instance, you can include electrolyte replacement drinks and cans of chicken soup to provide care and relief during sickness. Other foods that add nutrition during times of illness include apples and avocados. These fruits are ideal choices as they are easy to consume even if you have lost your appetite. You can also include daily multivitamins and vitamin C supplements to assist with the healing process. Be sure to include additional spaces that include antiviral properties such as ginger and oregano. Keep a few tea bags on hand to help with the healing process as well. Anything that contains herbs with a kick to them, such as cayenne pepper or peppermint, will provide much-needed relief from the symptoms. If coughing is an issue, place some throat lozenges into your hygiene kit as well. Some people prefer to have a tablespoon of honey, so keep a travel-size container of honey in your kit as well. Other additional medicinal supplies that you should include in your hygiene kit include nasal spray, over-the-counter pain reducer such as Tylenol, and a thermometer. 

Women’s Hygiene Needs 

Bulk hygiene kits have improved inclusion especially in kit creations that include hygiene items for women specifically. These kits include feminine liners and pads and the hair and body care items seen in typical packs. Bulk shampoo and deodorant, as well as petroleum jelly, are also available in larger containers as a way to show respect for everyone’s individual needs. Many bulk hygiene companies recognize the significant lack of women’s hygiene products that have been included in kits in years past. These recognitions have been deeply considered, and that is why modern kits frequently emphasize the feminine hygiene options included in these kits today. Many wholesale companies’ motto is that everyone deserves to feel cared for and safe, and women’s needs are no exception to this. 

The Main Takeaways 

You never know when you’ll need to rely on a home hygiene kit to take care of yourself and those you love. We all have different accessibility to the essentials required for survival and safety. Whatever your current dispositions are, it’s always a good idea to include a home hygiene kit into your protection plan. Whether you are a vulnerable person living in the developing world or on the receiving end of a power outage, having these home kits handy will make all the difference in your ability to protect yourself and stay safe against the virus and other contaminants that negatively impact your health. Today’s hygiene kits include essential items as well as those that have been lacking in years past. You may feel that additional changes need to be made for kits to be provided with the best items included. Speak to a wholesale provider or development and relief team to voice your opinion on what needs to be included in the hygiene kits that are not included yet. Your opinion matters. The world continuously strives to be more inclusive, and as the need for safety continues to grow worldwide, these opinions are deeply appreciated. 

The Editorial Team at Healthcare Business Today is made up of skilled healthcare writers and experts, led by our managing editor, Daniel Casciato, who has over 25 years of experience in healthcare writing. Since 1998, we have produced compelling and informative content for numerous publications, establishing ourselves as a trusted resource for health and wellness information. We offer readers access to fresh health, medicine, science, and technology developments and the latest in patient news, emphasizing how these developments affect our lives.