Did you know hand sanitizers in Australia can cause your skin to absorb dramaticaly more BPA, a hormonal disruptor?
Scientists from University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri found that to be the case. See link to article down bellow.
Considering the increased rate of conditions associated with hormone imbalance and the staggering number people that use the chemical based hand sanitizers that is alarming. Hand sanitizers sales are sky rocketing in the last few years and it is expected for the industry to almost double in the next 5 years.
In animal studies, Triclosan has been found to be an endocrine disruptor and is suspected to be a carcinogen too.It has been linked too seasonal allergies in children and posible asthma. It is used in personal, cleaning products, kitchen boards and even in fabrics. Other names for Triclosan: Irgasan, Cloxifenolum, Irgasan DP300, Lexol, Cloxifenol, Ster-Zac and its cousin triclocarban.
Even FDA agrees that animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation and poses high risk for developing antibiotic resistance and skin cancer.
Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's drugs division said: "Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water," She continued saying “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”
I don't know about you , but for me, my health is important.
In spite of mounting scientific evidence, Australia has not banned use of triclosan in cleaning and personal use yet. You can find it in your soaps and toothpaste and even cutting boards and kitchen wiping cloths.
Here are some natural products that come with antibacterial benefits:
Personal care: aloe vera, witch hazel, manuka oil, tea tree oil, neem oil.
Fresh and fermented produce: garlic, onions, honey, fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, fermented foods.
So, while our country rulers are waiting for more information to ban triclosan to protect its people, I decided to take the matter in my own hands and make my own hand sanitizer using simple, clean, natural ingredients.
I looked online and found this recipe that has science behind it and will do the job of sanitizing my hands without any harsh chemicals and nasty side effects.
Natural hand sanitizer recipe
Credit: Anya Vien
- 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel
- 10 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
- 10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 8 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
Instructions:1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Pour into a spray bottle or a pump type bottle.
3. Shake before applying
Have fun and never ever forget, your health is your wealth!