The dangers of modern hand cleansers
“Kills 99.9% of germs within 15 seconds.”
That is a label we oftentimes see on anti-bacterial products. But did you know that these germ-killing agents could actually be harmful?
The biggest concern is over the ingredient triclosan, a pesticide that has been shown to disrupt endocrine function and negatively affect muscle contraction. The alcohol content in waterless hand sanitizer is dangerous for children if ingested, and is also drying to the skin.
Cleanse your hands with essential oils
Eliminating germs does not have to be a chemical operation. Essential oils offer excellent cleansing and protecting properties, without the harmful side effects that synthetic chemicals have. I decided to ditch my alcohol-based hand sanitizing gel and opt for a better alternative.
DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe
Making a hand sanitizer spray takes less than five minutes and is very easy! Here is what you’ll need:
Small glass spray bottle
Distilled water or witch hazel
1 tsp. fractionated coconut oil
10 drops Protective essential oil blend (wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils)
5-10 drops other essential oil (lemon is a good choice)
Instructions: Fill up the bottle a little more than 3/4 of the way with water/witch hazel. Add the coconut oil and then essential oils. (It’s important to use coconut or another carrier oil – it helps disperse the essential oil throughout the water.) Screw on the spray cap and you’re ready to keep your hands clean – the natural way!
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