You’ve finally decided to go all out and trade your paper tissues for cotton hankies? Congrats!
Here at TSHU we know that it’s a big decision and we’re here with tips and tricks to ensure a smooth transition. But first: how many handkerchiefs do you need? Well, it depends. Here’s the gist, so you can adopt as many as you need to maintain a great hygiene and be proud to flaunt your new eco-friendly habit.
Hankies for everyday use!
Sooooo, hygiene standards are different for everyone. But to Marion, our co-founder, hankies are a little bit like underwear: you should have one for every day of the week. That being said, if you go commando and your hanky stays untouched, no need to change it the next morning! So unless she’s sick (read on below for that particularity!), she rarely uses more than one a day. As per Thomas, it’s a different story. He likes to carry his thick handkerchief around for a few days at a time (he prefers a double-ply hanky, for more absorbency!). You see, it’s a question of comfort—if you’re okay with blowing your nose in a 2 or 3 day hanky (provided you’re virus free!), by all means, it’s that much more eco-friendly.
Hankies for different uses?
Another way of looking at it is to have one hanky per use. Not sure where we’re going with this? Simple. Planning a good workout? Bring your sports hanky with you to wipe the sweat off your brow. Planning a picnic outdoors? Bring your extra large handkerchief with you as a cloth napkin. Suffering from allergies? Carry a fresh TSHU around to catch your sniffles. Heading to a wedding? Pull out your nicest hanky and wipe your tears with it as the bride says, “I do.” The advantage behind this method is that you use your handkerchiefs different ways, without risking having snot on your food and smell sweat as you blow your nose! Of course, you’ll need to wash the lot regularly to keep the experience pleasant.
What if I’m sick?
That’s a good question. If you’re sick: quarantine yourself! (no, seriously!) It’s sort of a myth that cotton handkerchiefs are less hygienic than paper tissues. No, really. It all depends on how you manage your hankies (or your tissues, frankly!). So here’s our quick and dirty guide to hygienic hanky using when infected with a virus:
- WASH YOUR HANDS ALL THE TIME. Before you blow your nose, and after. ALWAYS.
- Store your handkerchief in a Handkerchief case or a little cloth pouch between uses (AKA don’t leave them lying around with your germs!)
- When your hanky is packed with mucus, throw it in the dirty laundry bin—or if you’re on the road, keep a cloth bag handy for soiled handkerchiefs.
- You guessed it—keep one filled with extra hankies—clean and pristine to renew the lot and keep blowing your nose in dry, soft cotton (your nose will thank you!).
So, of course, this takes a little more organization, but there is a lot to be said for opting for cotton handkerchiefs in times of snotty despair:
- No more paper tissues everywhere in the wash
- No garbage overflowing with snotty kleenex
- No reusing balled up disintegrating tissues
- No more getting your fingers wet after a big blow
Convinced, right? We thought so.
What if I’m a gentleman?
So you’re a gentleman? We heart you. And there is a specific etiquette to follow for gents handkerchiefs. Elementary, but we’re happy to explain: you need one for show, one for blow. Your handkerchief, you can blow in—and reuse. The one you keep for a damsel in distress—NO TOUCH! That one’s for show. Psssssssst—and if you’re a strategic gentleman—we encourage you to pick a bold pattern you love to blow, and keep clean pure white handkerchiefs close to offer when needed.
What if I have kids?
That one’s a bit tricky. Maybe you share everything with your kids. Maybe you’re more of the disdainful kind. In any case, to avoid catching all the lovely viruses your little munchkins bring home from daycare-parties-school-hobbies, you might want to keep your hankies separate. A smart and easy way to convince them to adopt their own is to pick a mini-hanky meets washcloth such as the mini-TSHU with a pattern they are nuts about (their fave animal for instance: giraffes, elephants, penguins or deer!). Plus, if they get all sticky after a snack or scorch their knee, you can wet the bamboo washcloth face and wipe your sweetie clean.