Hand Sanitizes is getting increasing attention and making your own hand sanitizer is better than buying OTC ones – it will definitely be free of triclosan (an “anti-bacterial” agent used to be common in anti-bacterial soap and some toothpaste still contain it), which has been clinically proved to be disruptive to the endocrine and immune system. In fact, triclosan has been banned in hand sanitizer by FDA in 2017 yet there are very few hand sanitizers on the market that include an ingredients label sadly.
Botanical Sanitizer DIY
There can be many varieties of DIY hand sanitizer and it invariably contain some alcohol, some anti-bacterial ingredient. We surely will reach out to the botanicals. Examples:
Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove bud) essential oil is a powerful antiseptic (a 1% solution is four times more effective than phenol when applied topically)
Citrus Limonum (Lemon) essential oil is a powerful bactericide and can stimulate the white corpuscles that defend the body against infection.
Eucalyptus radiata essential oil is powerful bactericidal and antiviral, amongst its many medicinal properties.
Essential Oil in the Right Ratio Only
Use Hand Sanitizer Smartly for your health
Alchohol speeds the absorption of bisphenol through skin (significant endocrine disruptor). One major source of bisphenol A (or variants of bisphenol) is cashier receipt paper. The University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers revealed in an investigation that those who handled thermal receipt paper immediately after using solvent-based hand sanitizer had an accelerated rate of BPA absorption through their skin – up to an astonishing 100-fold increase.
Bisphenol A or variants can also be found in plastic packaging products including hand creams that are frequently applied and again hand sanitizer (alcohol containing) can speed the absorption of this “endocrine-disrupting” compound.
- Aromatherapy an A-Z by Patricia Davis, 2000
- FDA issues final rule on safety and effectiveness of consumer hand sanitizers
- Hand Sanitizer speeds absorption of BPA from receipts