Weekend Rehab: How to Survive Cold Season
I'm not the least bit germaphobic—and that's probably not a good thing, especially this time of year. I think I get it from my mother—she's a nurse, and she's not easily fazed by things that other people would think of as unsanitary. (As a kid, the five-second rule was more like a 20-second rule. We had a dozen pets at any given time. And I'd have to be seriously sick to stay home from school.) So the fact that it's cold and flu season, and basically the only way to avoid the sniffles is to be obsessively diligent about it, I find...annoying.
But at the same time, I really don't want to get sick. I'm a lousy, miserable patient (hmm, wonder if that has something to do with my mom, too). So I came up with a simple plan to get me through the winter: I'm carrying a hand-sanitizing spray with me at all times. Over the weekend, I picked up one by a company called Eve Echo that comes in the most amazing mango scent. It's sweet and delicious and doesn't smell like alcohol (like so many other versions)—and it's a spray, which I love. It kills 99.99% of germs, comes in a super-light, refillable tube, and, even better, 100% of the profits go to charity, giving small business loans to women in economically-struggling countries. Even my mom couldn't object to that. I think I'll buy her one, too.