07 May DIY Hand Sanitiser
Although ıt ıs easy to see the appeal of killing ‘99.9% of germs’, it’s just as ımportant to understand some reasons why the antibacterial label popping up on all kinds of soaps, wipes, and cleaners might not be the solution it seems to be. Here are 4 reasons why!
- #1:Using hand sanitizer to keep the flu away? It won’t work! Antibacterial soaps kill bacteria but not viruses. Hand sanitizers and soaps don’t do a thing for the viruses!
- #2:It may be true that antibacterial products kill 99.9% of germs, but that .1% is the most potentially harmful (since it can resist antibacterial agents). This small percentage that survives then breeds and passes on its antibiotic resistance to its offspring, creating lines of ‘super bugs’ that resist antibiotic use.
- #3:Triclosan, the chemical in most antibacterial soaps has been shown to interact with chlorine in the water to form chloroform gas. On top of this, it has been shown to be a hormone disruptor, especially for children.
- #4:Some evidence shows that kids who grow up in an overly sterile environment have higher rates of allergies and asthma than kids who don’t use antibacterial products as much. Just remember that exposure to different types of bacteria, especially early in life, helps to develop the immune system!
Benefits of Natural Hand Sanitizer (with Essential Oils)
Commercial sanitizers often contain drying alcohol that is too strong to use. Instead of triclosan or other antibacterial agents, you can begin by using essential oils that inhibit bacteria naturally.
DIY Hand Sanitizer
This simple yet effectıve herbal hand sanitizer won’t dry out your skin and is in fact extremely nourishing due to a key ıngrıdıent-aloe vera.
- 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol
- 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin (optional)
- 1/4 of a cup of aloe vera gel
- 10 drops of cinnamon essential oil
- 10 drops of tea tree essential oil
- Distilled water (colloidal silver/ionic silver adds antibacterial power if available)
- Other essential oils(just for scent)
- Mix aloe vera gel, optional glycerin, and rubbing alcohol in a small bowl.
- Add cinnamon essential oil and tea tree oil along with a drop or two of any other oils you want to add for scent. Lemongrass, orange, lavender, and peppermint are great choices.
- Mix well and add distilled water (or colloidal/ionic silver) to thin to desired consistency.
- Use a small funnel or medicine dropper to transfer hand sanitizer into spray or pump type bottles.
- Use as you would any other type of hand sanitizer!