For a long time, I thought I was doing the right thing by always having hand sanitizer in my purse for the kids. This was especially true when the boys were small and still putting their hands in their mouths all the time.
Since then, I've learned that this wasn't such a good idea. Commercial hand sanitizers are loaded with chemical junk. Among the. is Triclosan, one of the most important chemicals you want to rid your home of.
Triclosan is used for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Research has shown that even at low levels, it can be absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream. Sadly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the chemical appears in the urine of approximately 75% of the population. Research has linked Triclosan to thyroid dysfunction (a major concern for me), fetal development issues and reduced immune-system function. Doesn't it seem crazy to use a product to stay healthy that actually may interfere with your immune system? (Source: Mother Earth Living)
Did you know that when you touch a paper receipt after using conventional hand sanitizer that you body absorbs 185 times the amount of BPA than it would otherwise. This is because hand sanitizers break down the skin’s protein layer which opens the door to unwanted substances. BPA is an endocrine disruptor. This level of exposure has been linked to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. (Source: PLOSOne)
These days - especially around the holiday's when it seems everyone is sick - I keep this DIY Sanitizing Hand Gel on hand. It's easy to make and thanks to the Protective Blend, smells amazing!
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DIY Hand Sanitizer
5 tablespoons aloe vera gel
4 tablespoons water
¾ teaspoon vitamin E oil
8 drops Germ Fighter
In a small bowl, combine aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil.
Add Germ Fighter.
Add water and mix well. Add more or less water based on the desired consistency. Pour into a small container for use.