Why would anybody need to make their own hand sanitizer when it is readily availabel at any store?
1. A young child can get into hand sanitizer, and have to be taken to a hospital with alcohol intoxication.
2. Most antibacterial hand sanitizers contain the following toxic chemicals.
Triclosan is an ingredient added to products to prevent bacterial growth. It is found in some soaps, toys, clothing, and also in some hand sanitizers. If the label on your hand sanitizer reads “antibacterial”, it more than likely contains Triclosan.
Triclosan is a pointless chemical. The FDA has found no health benefits of Triclosan. Even though it kills bacteria, it may contribute to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. So it helps create super bacteria. How nice.
The FDA even noted that “at this time, the agency does not have evidence that Triclosan in antibacterial soaps and body washes provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water. Finally, after 40 years, the FDA is finally working to review Triclosan, but it will likely be a while longer before it is completey removed from products. Do your hands a favor and choose a hand sanitizer without triclosan on the label or make your own with the following recipe.
Many commercial hand sanitizers are loaded with parabens, chemicals used to prevent microbe growth. They are often found in personal care products that contain water, such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap and, yes, hand sanitizers. Linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation, parabens are horrible. These four common parabens: ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben are the most toxic to watch out for on hand sanitizer labels.
If your hand sanitizer has a scent, it is loaded with toxic chemicals. Because fragrance is considered proprietary information, companies are not required to disclose the ingredients that make up their secret scents. So, they could be just about anything—even hundreds of chemicals. According to the Environmental Working Group, “fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.” Woah!
By now you may have heard about super bacteria. Products like hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps are leading to an increased risk for developing treatment-resistent bacteria. Certain strains of bacteria are becoming resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics. Yet, many people continue to use hand sanitizers labeled “antibacterial”. If you see “antibacterial” on the label, stay clear and make your own.
Natural Herbal Hand Sanitizer Recipe
This is the recipe I use personally. I love the smell of Blood Orange with Tea Tree.
Fill a 4 ounce Bottle 2/3 full with Water
1 teaspoon Aloe Vera Gel
1 teaspoon Witch Hazel (I used Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera, 10% Alcohol, just because I had it on hand)
10 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
4 drops Tea Tree Oil
6 drops Blood Orange Essential Oil (Optional)
Shake, fill the rest of the bottle with water
Optional ingredients: Vegetable Glycerin, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Lemon Grass Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, or any Essential Oil you like. Be sure to use Tea Tree with it for its natural antibacterial properties.
Natural Hand Sanitizer in Cobalt blue spray bottle.