The purpose of hand sanitizer is to reduce germs and bacteria, which help prevent diseases by killing off infectious agents on our skin. It’s almost second nature to use hand sanitizer after pumping gas or before a meal at a restaurant–like a common practice. But there’s always a catch 22, and its name is triclosan.
Triclosan is used to prevent or reduce bacterial contamination. While the FDA finds it safe overall, there are a few hazards to be aware of.
- Triclosan is found in traditional hand sanitizer and may lower your resistance to diseases by killing good bacteria.
- Research suggests triclosan may cause hormonal disruptions.
- Exposure to triclosan may result in a weakened immune system.
Additionally, there’s no way to know what companies are using to scent hand sanitizer (Read my blog on fragrance!). By law, these scents can remain a mystery because companies don’t have to disclose the toxic chemical compounds 🙁
As a hand sanitizer fan, here’s a natural, homemade recipe that you’ll love.
- Distilled water
- 1 teaspoon of witch hazel
- 1 squirt of Aloe Vera Gel
- 10-15 drops of tea tree essential oil
- Optional: Scent with essential oil
- Mix and all ingredients in a 2oz. squeeze bottle and shake well
Remember, the use of hand sanitizer should never be used in place of washing hands with soap and water.