Do you prefer using tissues over a hanky when you’re sick? Handkerchiefs certainly have their benefits - they’re re-usable, which makes them budget friendly AND better for the environment.
However tissues are appealing because they are disposable, and it’s much more pleasant to toss away a used tissue than it is to fold up a snotty hanky and put it back in your pocket.
But in terms of hygiene, are tissues better than handkerchiefs?
If you are suffering from a cold or the flu, then yes, tissues are a better option. The reason for this is you are essentially blowing nasal secretions containing the virus - that is causing your illness - into the tissue. As long as you throw that tissue into the bin (without re-using) and wash your hands, tissues are the most hygienic option.
By using a handkerchief, you are increasing the chance of spreading the virus (not to yourself, as you already have it – but to those around you). Handling a used hanky means you are more likely to spread of virus when touching other items such as door knobs and computer keyboards with your ‘hanky hands’. Ew.
So what about hayfever?
If you prefer to use a hanky for hayfever, then go right ahead, as there is no virus there to spread! However, it is still advisable to change your hanky on a regular basis if your nose is constantly running.
Article first published on Better Homes & Gardens.