A hand sanitizer helps you to wipe out germs when you can’t reach a regular soap and water. Nowdays there are so many people toting a bottle of hand sanitizer along with their keys, wallet, and other personal stuff. According to rodale.com, the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend hand sanitizer especially the alcohol-based one.
There are a lot of hand sanitizing products that we can get over the counter, before you choose of them, experts recommend us to pick them carefully, read the label and find out the ingredient, whether there are dangerous substances such as triclosan, an antimicrobial chemical that can affect and harm your thyroid. In several studies, this triclosan linked with antibiotic-resistant germs development.
Besides triclosan, some of hand sanitizing products may be contaminated by synthetic fragrances that contain phthalates. Experts have linked this phthalates with reproductive problems. It can also contain PEG, this chemical component has been used as solvent and often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane which suspects as a carcinogen substance.
Alcohol-based homemade hand sanitizer recipe
Seriously, creating this hand sanitizer isn’t difficult, all you need can you get easily on groceries around you. When you decide to create your own stuff, off course, you can surly that there are no harmful ingredients on it, you can add additional ingredients such as fragrance by your own preferences. There are some cons over it pros when you make it by yourself, including you may notice that a homemade hand sanitizer may a bit more expensive compared to common over-the counter hand sanitizer.
There are several best homemade hand sanitizer recipes all over the internet. Below I present 5 of them for you. One of the recipes comes from Annie Bond, the green living expert and the author of the free e-book Natural Flu Protection. To create the recipe, Annie Bond recommends us to mix:
- 4 to 5 drops essential oil such as eucalyptus or tea tree, or you may use both in combination.
- 2 ounces vodka (you may change vodka with alcohol)
- 2 teaspoon witch hazel
Simply, just mix well all those ingredients in a clean mini glass or bowl and pour into a clean bottle. She recommends pure-grade essential oil rather than solvents base essential oil. Please make sure that all those ingredients save which mean you aren’t allergy with all of them.
Alcohol-free homemade hand sanitizer recipe
- 1 to 2 tea spoon witch hazel
- 25 drops of tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil
- 1 cup pure aloe vera gel
Since tea tree oil can act as anti-microbial agent, the presence of alcohol in alcohol free hand sanitizing recipe is change by this tea tree oil. Mix well all those ingredients and pour it into a clean bottle.