Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

June 17, 2012

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Good old fashioned soap and water is best, but what about when it’s not available?  The following information regarding some of the dangers of popular hand sanitizers came from Dr. Mercola’s site and might make you consider your choices more carefully. (At the bottom of this post, I’ve included a recipe for making your own essential oil-based hand sanitizer:

You need to be very careful about the variety of hand sanitizer you choose, as many of the most popular varieties can  be toxic to your health!

Why it’s Wise to Avoid Most Popular Hand Sanitizers

Almost half of all hand cleansers sold in the United States contain antibacterial compounds. These antibacterial compounds are not only a contributing factor to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but triclosan, the active ingredient in most antibacterial products, has been shown to kill human cells.

Those that contain alcohol as the active ingredient, instead of triclosan, are a better option, as germs don’t become resistant to alcohol. However, many commercial varieties of alcohol-based hand sanitizers contain other harmful ingredients.

In fact, the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database rates Purell hand sanitizer a “high hazard,” with a score of seven out of 10 (with 10 being the most toxic). They point out that ingredients used in this product are linked to:

  • Cancer
  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity
  • Allergies and immunotoxicity
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Biochemical or cellular level changes

 Are There Safer Hand Sanitizer Options?

Yes! Thieves waterless hand purifier is a great choice! Thieves is a natural essential oil-based hand sanitizer containing natural ingredients -  and it feels and smells fantastic on your skin!

Ingredients: Denatured ethanol SD-38B (denatured with Peppermint Essential Oil), water, aloe barbadensis leaf, vegetable glycerin, syzygium aromaticum† (clove) flower bud oil, citrus limon† (lemon) peel oil, cinnamon verum† (cinnamon) bark oil, eucalyptus radiate† leaf oil, rosmarinus officinalis† (rosemary) leaf oil, and hydroxylpropyl cellulose.

Science has shown that essential oils contain anti viral and antibacterial properties that virus and bacteria cannot mutate against and have been found to be highly effective in killing virus and bacteria without harmful side effects! (Not to mention it smells great!)

The Thieves® Spray is awesome too. It’s ideal for use in hotels, offices, airplanes, and home. Use on door handles, light switches, phones, toilet seats, and any surface that need cleansing to protect from dust, mold, and undesirable microorganisms. This small bottle is perfect for traveling or keeping in your purse or backpack!

Make your own Hand Homemade Hand Sanitizer:

  • 1/2 C. witch hazel or high proof grain alcohol
  • 1/4 C. Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 tsp.. Vegetable Glycerine
  • 20 drops of Thieves or Purification essential oil blends

Mix together and store in an empty bottle or jar.

 


8 Responses to “Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer”

  1. Maria says:

    Shared on facebook!

  2. Jessica T. says:

    I wasn’t sure if we needed to comment saying that we linked to this post on Facebook…but I did. :)

  3. Judy Ludlum says:

    Thank you for the recipe! I also linked this post to FB.:)

  4. Allison H. says:

    I shared it my blog!

    ~Allison

  5. Tia Houghton says:

    I posted a link on facebook and would like to be in the drawing. Thank you!

  6. Rachel says:

    Shared on FB! :)

  7. Kathy Morgan-Thompson says:

    Does the recipe you give above, make the hand sanitizer a consistency that you spray, or squeeze from a bottle?

  8. Stacy McDonald says:

    Squeeze!

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