Natural Hand Sanitizers
Hand sanitizer has never been more in demand. However, it’s important to be wary when buying sanitizers. Many of the store bought sanitizers contain harmful ingredients. They more often than not contain Parabens and synthetic fragrances, which are harmful to us. Therefore, the more we use them, the more damage we cause to our skin and our health.
hand sanitizer ingredients
Alcohol is usually the main ingredient in hand sanitizers. Alcohol is particularly bad for causing dry skin, and even burns. My niece was using hand sanitizer, provided by the school, numerous times throughout her school day. This lead to her having a bad reaction, and her skin looked almost burnt. It was hot, itchy and causing her distress. So, we got her a natural hand sanitizer that she could take to school, and her hands improved instantly. Whilst all the time, still getting the protection she needed.
Most store bought sanitizers use alcohol as the antibacterial agent, and they need to contain 60% alcohol to be effective. For this reason alone it should have limited use, especially with children. How often do they put their hands in their mouths throughout the day? The symptoms of alcohol consumption from ingesting hand sanitizer are vomiting, drowsiness and confusion, and it may even lead to respiratory issues.
You don’t need alcohol to kill bacteria and viruses. There are plenty of natural ingredients that can be used.
Just wash your hands…
Natural hand sanitizers are just as efficient at killing bacteria and viruses as the more commercial retail store sanitizers. Obviously, washing your hands with soap and water is always best. It’s been proven that washing your hands for 30 seconds with warm water and soap, is just as effective as antibacterial sanitizers. These sanitizers are for when we can’t get to the sink.
Below is a homemade DIY hand sanitizer that you can make yourself.
NATURAL ANTIBACTERIAL AGENTS
Aloe Vera:- Antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal. This is why it’s so commonly used to fight infections caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi. It can be used as an antibiotic and as a disinfectant.
Essential Oils:- There are many essential oils that have antibacterial properties. (click below for top 5 antibacterial essential oils)
Hyaluronic Acid:- Has also been shown to have antibacterial properties. Another bonus is it’s great for the skin. Keeping it youthful and rejuvenated.
Vinegar:- Most vinegars are antibacterial, and are especially great for killing surface bacteria.When diluted with water, it makes a great surface spray, can also be sprayed topically on skin. May want to scent it though.
Lemons:-Lemon juice has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
DIY natural hand sanitizer recipe
2oz/55ml 100% Aloe vera gel
4-6 Drops high grade lavender essential oil
Take a small squeeze bottle or pump bottle
Add the aloe vera gel
Add lavender oil and tea tree oil
put on lid
Shake well, and your ready to go.
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