Winter Hands Solution

Between changing diapers or aiding a potty-training child, fixing meals, et al. I estimate that I wash my hands 4 times every hour… at least.  Yay I rarely get sick.. .boo my hands crack, especially now in winter.  Lotions never seem to last long enough to really take effect.

Thanks to my cousin reading this blog I have found a nifty solution.  Wash the dishes.

After writing about my order of washing dishes by hand when I didn’t have a dishwasher, she suggested I wear gloves for my hands’ sake.  I bought some at the grocery store the next day.

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(Oddly enough, I titled that post “in case your maytag breaks” and I then we bought a house, got a dishwasher, a Whirlpool not a Maytag, and then it broke.)

IMG_3715We have a dishwasher now.  The few dishes I needed to wash by hand didn’t seem glove worthy, until my hands started to winterize again and look in great need of therapy.  Then the dishwasher heating element broke and I was back to my tried and true system and wearing the gloves again.  I also had forgotten that I used that time to rejuvenate my skin.

Before I don my gloves, I slather on lots of lotion.

The one I use now is like udder balm.  But I’m sure almost any good hand lotion would do.

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Great therapy on its own, but put it on before the gloves and then wash in warm water and it multiplies its effect.

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I’ve heard some people sleep in moisturized gloves, so I think it works similarly… but this way you don’t have to sleep with gloves on.  Win win!

My dishwasher is repaired but until winter is over, or as long as I need to, I will wash my substantially more manageable pile of dishes with my homemade moisture gloves!  Thanks Amy!

 

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