As you might have seen, hand sanitizer has been flying off the shelves these past few weeks as people work to protect themselves from the spread of germs. But did you know that most hand sanitizers on the market actually contain harmful ingredients that not only irritate the skin and respiratory system, but can actually suppress the immune system even further?
Most sanitizers out there contain triclosan, which is an antibacterial agent that actually DOES NOT have the ability to ward off viruses. It is suspected to be a carcinogen, and kills off both good and bad bacteria from the skin, meaning it can weaken the immune system. It is also lipophillic, so it can accumulate in your body’s fat cells over time and has been found in breast milk, blood and urine samples. Tricolosan is a major endocrine disruptor, and has been linked to various hormone-related issues and toxicity. Definitely not something we want to be exposing ourselves to.
So, what to do instead? You can whip up your very own DIY hand mist at a fraction of the cost, and without any harmful ingredients. I’ma teach you how!
You can even get the kiddos involved and turn this into a fun project and opportunity to learn about how to limit the spread of germs. Tag me on social media when you make it so I can see!
What you’ll need:
-60% or higher isopropyl alcohol (you can use 100 proof vodka)
–fractionated coconut oil (optional – as a moisturizer)
-essential oils (also optional but you’ll thank me…I prefer OnGuard, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Oregano, and Lemon for their immune support properties)
Fill a small spray bottle, or upcyled essential oil bottle, 2/3 of the way with alcohol. Add 5-10 drops essential oils, 1 pump of fractionated coconut oil, and top with water. Shake before you spray!