Chemicals in Hand Sanitizers
Commercial hand sanitizers can actual cause more harm than good as they are packed with toxic chemicals. The chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and cause serious health effects.
The most harmful ingredients to watch out for include Triclosan, Fragrance, Parabens, Formaldehyde and Phthalates, all of which have been labeled as possible carcinogens. There’s also the issue of hand sanitizers containing alcohol, if you are looking for one that is alcohol free, this recipe is a great solution!
How to Make Hand Sanitizer
Why this recipe works:
The main ingredient in this homemade hand sanitizer, that helps fight germs and viruses, is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic which is why it only requires a few drops. It is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral, which makes it a great all natural alternative to alcohol based sanitizers. The tea tree oil also acts as a natural preservative, which allows this mixture to last for at least several weeks.
Ingredients:- 8 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel (where to buy)
- 16 Drops of Tea Tree Oil (where to buy)
- 10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil (where to buy)
- Optional: Add a few drops of other essential oils such as thyme, lemon, or orange
Instructions:1. Mix all ingredients in a dish
2. Pour into a spray bottle or squirt bottle to use on the go (where to buy)
3. Shake before applying