The new school year has begun! We adore our little ones – but once school starts, you know the drill: they start bringing home all sorts of germs and bugs.

This makes “back to school” time an occasion to keep clean and protect both yourself and your kids. If you’re trying to do this in a simpler and more natural way, you’re in luck. There’s plenty of options!

Here are some of the best natural ways to keep germs at bay, and to protect yourself naturally from germs.

Natural Soaps

When it comes to fighting germs, washing your hands will always be number one. We recommend a natural-based soap like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lavender Hand Soap. There are plenty of soaps out there made with protective yet natural ingredients.

Some of these ingredients include antimicrobial essential oils, like peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender. One of the greatest benefits of natural soaps: they’re quite gentle. Perfect for children and adults with sensitive skin.

Natural Hand Sanitizers

When there’s no direct access to water and hand soap, we’d recommend having a hand sanitizer nearby. Just like natural hand soaps, natural hand sanitizers are gentle and often even have skincare benefits – for both little and adult hands alike.

Many contain vegetable glycerin, vitamins, or aloe, all of which are natural ingredients that help soothe, pamper, and cleanse the skin. Germ-killing essential oils and natural alcohols are also added to halt pesky microbes in their tracks. The Honest Beauty Hand Sanitizer Spray (Fragrance-Free) is a great travel-sized option to throw in your bag or car.

Immune-boosting Herbs

Germ-fighting doesn’t just happen topically. A whole world of herbs and supplements can help control the effects of contagions, even after they’ve already taken hold… and when you’re already experiencing symptoms!

These natural remedies do their part by ramping up the immune system in your body, which can help fight the effects germs can have. They increase natural antibodies and T cells to fight infection though they cannot do something like “kill a cold” directly.

Many immune-boosting herbs and supplements are fully natural and gentle on the body, and some are safe even for children. Great supplements for fighting germs include turmeric, reishi mushroom, garlic, and many others, each being antioxidant-rich and nourishing to immunity. Read our blog post, 7 Immune-Boosting Herbs & Supplements, to learn more.

Vitamins and Minerals

Keeping the effects of germs and illnesses away can also be incredibly simple: as simple as cooking and eating healthy to make sure the whole family gets plenty of vitamins and minerals.

A healthy diet full of whole fruits and vegetables can accomplish this, as they do their own part in making sure immune systems are strong. But if you have concerns that your family might not be getting enough, a complex supplement full of all your daily nutrient needs can help. Make sure you opt for a vitamin supplement with vitamin C and vitamin E (like our Immune Daily), the most important vitamins for immunity!

As the new school year arrives, make sure you’re stocked up on the best natural ways to prevent germs at home. Both natural sanitary and health-boosting products are sure to do the trick, though be sure to see a doctor and turn to over-the-counter medicines if and when you or your kids do happen to get sick.

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