Making your own DIY hand sanitizer can be more important than you think. Just recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally issued a ruling that officially bans the use of triclocarban, triclosan, and 17 other dangerous chemicals in hand and body washes. These products have been marketed as being which being more effective than good ol’ fashioned soap and water and consumers have been mislead to purchasing them!
“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,” Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) said. “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”
Antibacterial product manufacturers have until 2017 to comply with the new law by removing all products from the market that violate this ruling or remove antibacterial active ingredients. But this still isn’t enough to keep us safe. Triclosan is still in countless other products like deodorants, antiperspirants, body spray and toothpastes. Here is a list of products that include triclosan.
Simply put: antibacterial products kill ALL the bacteria on your hands; including the GOOD bacteria you need for healthy skin and a properly functioning immune system. In fact, they have been shown to weaken your immune system!
This is the perfect reason to learn how to make your own DIY hand sanitizer. Try using some of the antibacterial essential oils in your blends to prevent contributing to resistant strains.
DIY Hand Sanitizer by Mama Z
Make a few bottles of this spray hand sanitizer to carry in your purse, store in your vehicle, and toss in the baby’s diaper bag. You can easily sanitize and kill germs on the go. Plus, it smells lovely.
Ingredients for Homemade Hand Sanitizer
- 10 drops of essential oils
- 190 proof grain alcohol
- 1 oz. glass spray bottle
- OR Alternative with Aloe if you don’t want alcohol:
- 10 drops of essential oils
- 1 oz PET plastic flip top bottle
- Thickened aloe gel
- Purified/distilled water
Instructions for Homemade Hand Sanitizer
- Pick and choose the essential oils to meet your desired result.
- Drop essential oils into bottle.
- Then add alcohol or aloe gel to fill one-quarter of the bottle.
- Mix thoroughly until the essential oil is fully mixed, and fill remainder of the bottle with water
- Enjoy! It’s THAT easy!
Here are some of our favorite blends that work great in this highly diluted formula. Choose from below or make one up yourself:
Immune Boosting Blend – Cinnamon leaf (bark would be too strong in this recipe), clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, orange and lemon
Happy Blend – Orange, lemon, bergamot, grapefruit and vanilla absolute
Sleepy Time Blend – Roman chamomile, lavender, and vetiver
You can get as creative with your hand sanitizer spray as you wish. Create your own blend with essential oils or try one of the ones we recommend. If you love this essential oil DIY, then check out our homemade liquid hand soap.
The traditional hand sanitizers are coming under fire for good reason but the simple truth is you don’t need them to clean your hands. Try our foaming hand soap recipe for another way to eliminate toxic chemicals in your home.
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