Good old fashioned soap and water is best, but what about when it’s not available? The following information regarding some of the dangers of popular hand sanitizers came from Dr. Mercola’s site and might make you consider your choices more carefully.
You need to be very careful about the variety of hand sanitizer you choose, as many of the most popular varieties can be toxic to your health!
Why it’s Wise to Avoid Most Popular Hand Sanitizers
Almost half of all hand cleansers sold in the United States contain antibacterial compounds. These compounds are not only a contributing factor to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but triclosan, the active ingredient in most antibacterial products, has been shown to kill human cells.
Those that contain alcohol as the active ingredient, instead of triclosan, often use “isopropyl alcohol,” (rubbing alcohol) which is a petroleum byproduct!
Rubbing alcohol is very harsh and drying to the skin. And prolonged use can cause drying and cracking of the skin, which can be dangerous, since it leaves your body exposed to harmful contaminants.
Are There Safer Options?
Yes! Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer is a great choice! Thieves is a natural essential oil-based hand sanitizer containing natural ingredients – and it feels and smells fantastic on your skin!
Ingredients: Denatured ethanol SD-38B (denatured with Peppermint Essential Oil), water, aloe barbadensis leaf, vegetable glycerin, syzygium aromaticum† (clove) flower bud oil, citrus limon† (lemon) peel oil, cinnamon verum† (cinnamon) bark oil, eucalyptus radiate† leaf oil, rosmarinus officinalis† (rosemary) leaf oil, and hydroxylpropyl cellulose.
BENEFITS & FEATURES
• Kills 99.99 percent of germs
• Formulated with powerful essential oils and plantbased ingredients
• Lightly moisturizes with aloe vera and vegetable glycerin for baby-soft skin
• Comes in a portable size for when you’re on the go
• Has a long-lasting formula when stored properly
• Leaves no chemical residue behind
• Contains no petrochemicals, mineral oil, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, dyes, preservatives, or toxic ingredients
When you’re on the go, germs are everywhere—from shopping carts to door handles. We know it can be difficult to keep hands clean when you’re out and about; that’s why we formulated a convenient solution that kills 99.99 percent of common illness-causing germs, leaving hands soft, clean, and sanitized. We took the powerful benefits of the legendary Thieves essential oil blend and combined it with a unique combination of all-natural ingredients to create a mild yet strong hand strong hand sanitizer the whole family can feel good about using!
The Thieves® Spray is awesome too. It’s ideal for use in hotels, offices, airplanes, and home. Use on door handles, light switches, phones, toilet seats, and any surface that need cleansing. This small bottle is perfect for traveling or keeping in your purse or backpack!