Natural Hand Sanitizers
It has always seemed strange to me that one would put harmful chemicals on the skin to kill germs. After all, the skin absorbs everything it touches.
When Dr. Andrew Weil raised concern (back in early 2000), I took notice. Dr. Weil, a Harvard-trained holistic physician, and his science-based advice just made good sense.
Years later, his doubt concerning the efficacy and safety of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer became reality as scientists and environmentalists revealed the shocking truth: Anti-bacterial germ killers are not only ineffective, and likely contribute to antibiotic resistance but pollute the environment and harm animals as well.
Germ-phobia; fueled by intense media hype (and funded by the Chemical Industry) has created a vast market for toxic, not so effective, hand sanitizers. Chemicals disguised as the savior of our disease-ridden world.
Spreading fearful lies that we’ll succumb to e.coli, MRSA and other deadly germs if we don’t use their “effective” killers has contributed to more disease resistant germs and poisoning our families.
In addition, triclosan, the chief ingredient in many formulas and a regulated pesticide, is wreaking havoc to waterways; streams, lakes and the ocean. Harming marine life as well.
“Triclosan can be found in many places today. It has been added to many consumer products—including clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys—to prevent bacterial contamination. Because of that, people’s long-term exposure to triclosan is higher than previously thought, raising concerns about the potential risks associated with the use of this ingredient over a lifetime.
In addition, laboratory studies have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Some data shows this resistance may have a significant impact on the effectiveness of medical treatments, such as antibiotics.”
Why pay for expensive advertising that sells you toxic, cancer-causing chemicals? (Sorry about that, I hate to be the bearer of bad news.) See how your current hand sanitizer rates on the toxicity scale here.
If you’re a parent you’ll feel good knowing you’re not poisoning to protect your child.
How Safe is your “Hand Sanitizer”?
health concerns ranging from organ toxicity, skin, eyes or lung allergies, cancer-causing endocrine disruptors, to environmental toxicity, bioaccumulation, and more.
The ingredient listed as “fragrance,” represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals, therefore, the health risks to young children is quite worrisome.
EWG rates Wet Ones, Antibacterial Hand Wipes, a 5 for health concerns ranging from organ system toxicity, miscellaneous skin, eyes, and lung irritation, and environmental toxicity. The ingredient listed as “fragrance,” represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals, therefore, the health risks to young children is quite worrisome.
To empower consumers, the
EWG Cleaners Hall of Shame,
highlights the worst of the worst. Many of these cleaners are banned in Europe. (And very popular in America.) It is evident, European governments oversee their chemical industries and care about the safety of their citizens.
Germs are everywhere… In our homes, on our bodies, even in our guts. We’ve got good bugs and we’ve got bad bugs. Killing the bad bugs is easy and safe with these DIY soap & gel recipes.
You can easily make your own natural hand sanitizer with these simple ingredients. Essential oils kill harmful germs better than any toxic man-made chemical on the planet.
Natural Hand Sanitizer Soap
Fill your container ¼ full
2 T Sweet Almond Oil, cold pressed, unrefined
1-2 T Vegetable Glycerin
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15 drops lavender oil
8-10 drops tea tree oil- antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, fungicide
5 drops lemon oil
1 ¼ c. pure filtered water or water that has been boiled and cooled
2 c. capacity hand pump container
Add ingredients in the order they are listed to a hand pump soap container. Fill to the top with water.
Hand Sanitizer Gel
Mild for Everyday Use
10 drops cinnamon oil- antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial
5 drops clove oil- anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic
10 drops lavender oil- relaxing, heals wounds
20 drops of orange oil- anti-bacterial, antiseptic
Mix ingredients. Using a cake decorating bag, (or plastic bag with one corner cut) transfer ingredients to your gel dispenser. Use as needed.
Hand Sanitizer Gel
Strong Version- Use this after visiting hospitals or wherever there are sick people.
¼ c organic aloe vera gel- Kills bad bacteria & helps wounds heal
1 t vegetable glycerin- humectant (natural moisturizer)
Pure filtered water (or Colloidal Silver/Ionic Silver) enough to thin your cleanser mixture
9 drops cinnamon essential oil- antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial
10 drops tea tree essential oil-antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, fungicide
Mix aloe vera gel and glycerin in a small bowl. Add essential oils. Mix well and add pure water (or Colloidal/Ionic Silver) to the consistency of a gel. Include any other oils you want to add for additional scent. Other oils you may like are lavender, lemon, orange, or peppermint.
Use a small funnel for easier transfer to your dispenser.
Apply thoroughly, yet sparingly to hands. Let air dry.
*Essential Oil Caution: See important note regarding essential oils below.
“Concern is growing over the use of household cleaning and hygiene products labeled as antibacterial as a result of laboratory data showing a link between exposure to ingredients in these products, particularly triclosan, and emergence of antimicrobial drug resistance.”
Why Are U.S. Companies Allowed to Sell Toxic Products to Consumers?
The U. S. Chemical Industry has a lot of buying (bribing) power in Washington and in the media (consistent and repetitious television advertising is responsible for manipulating and influencing the public by means of psychological persuasion). With virtually no regulation of the 80,000+ chemicals used in customer products, consumers risk their health and the health of the planet every time they purchase an item that is not organic or ethically sourced (certified organic, green or EWG verified)
Use caution when applying oils to skin. Essential oils are extremely potent. Avoid eyes and mouth. Test a small area of your skin prior to using and wait 10-15 minutes. Continue if no redness appears.
Why Essential Oils and not Fragrance Oils?
Essential oils- the essence of the real plant or herb- are organic compounds extracted from plants. Their healing powers of aromatherapy can improve mental, physical and emotional health.
Fragrance oils are chemically derived and toxic to people, pets, and the environment. And according to the National Academy of Sciences, about 95% of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum, and other known toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, allergies, and central nervous system disorders. They’re in everything from shampoos, lotions, laundry detergents, air fresheners, cleaning products, and often listed as “fragrance.” (There are over 3,000 different chemical fragrances in commercial products.) For an in-depth look into the serious side effects of synthetic scents see Dr. Axe’s informative and revealing article.
Warnings and Precautions for DIY Products
1. Never reuse chemical product bottles. Ingredients may pick up traces of chemicals from the old bottle.
2. Always label your bottle. Use a marker or label to clearly mark what is in the bottle. Add the date so you’ll know if your product is fresh. Old DIY mixtures can lose effectiveness over time.
3. Store out of reach of children and pets
For those of you that don’t have the time to make your own DIY glass cleaner, yet want a product that is safe and effective, we’ve carefully chosen these Amazon-sourced products for you.
Whether you decide to make your own DIY cleaning products or purchase a safe alternative that we have carefully researched for you (companies with integrity), you can feel good knowing you’re making your home and the earth a safer place to live.
*Important Note: Personal care and cleaning product makers change formulations periodically. We do our best to stay abreast of any changes. Always read labels and if you should find a product that we’ve recommended yet no longer endorsed by the EWG, please contact us with details at www.edenscorner.com/contact
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