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As people continue to get sick and worries about infectious disease is at record highs for our generation… more people than ever are turning to hand and surface sanitizers to keep them safe. We hope they are turning to the best, non-toxic sanitizers and not just anything that may be on sale at the store.

What if the sanitizers we use are actually MORE harmful than the germs they kill? 

There have recently been shifting views on whether or not hand and surface sanitizers are safe, and also varying opinions on their effectiveness over time. Given our current circumstances, it’s important to know what sanitizers are made of, how they work, and how you can best protect yourself against germs and viruses.

How Do Hand And Surface Sanitizers Work?

Most store-bought hand sanitizers usually contain either ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol. Although both are made of the same molecule of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen, it’s the ethyl or ethanol type of alcohol that we find in alcoholic drinks. However, both are used equally as much in most hand sanitizers.

The alcohol kills germs by breaking a pathogen or microbe’s proteins apart, followed by splitting cells apart or disrupting the cells’ metabolism. This stuff is so powerful against germs and viruses that even a 30% concentration has been shown to be highly effective.

But alcohol isn’t perfect. There are many types of germs that are actually impervious to alcohol, such as E. faecium which has recently been found as the culprit in widespread hospital-acquired infections.

Not to mention, alcohol-based sanitizers also dry out your hands, have a very strong odor, and can cause some pretty annoying burning and itching. But there are also other chemicals present in many hand sanitizers that can become a much bigger problem than dry skin, so here’s the dirty truth…


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Dirty Truths Behind Store-Bought Surface Sanitizers

We’ve all been there. Constantly dousing our hands with sanitizer every time we go in and out of the store, repeatedly spraying surfaces at home just hoping they stay disinfected, and always worrying if that one spot we missed is going to be the one that ends up getting us sick.

And although store-bought sanitizers do kill 99.99% of germs and viruses, they’re also killing your microbiome, a.k.a. your “good” bacteria, while also putting you at risk of some serious chemical exposure.

A recent study by Valisure (1) has detected benzene in several test batches of common hand sanitizers, which is a known human carcinogen. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), benzene is known to be a possible cause of cancer in humans, and this has also been confirmed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other regulatory agencies.

Because benzene is a human carcinogen, any form of inhalation, skin absorption, ingestion, or eye contact can cause some pretty nasty symptoms. This is why we need to consider the potential for non-toxic sanitizer and surface shields.

Surprisingly, however, all of the brands that were tested are also regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Apparently, due to the extremely high demand for sanitizer amidst the global pandemic, the FDA is allowing a temporary limit of 2 parts per million for benzene in liquid hand sanitizers.

According to Web MD (2), another dangerous chemical found in many brands of sanitizer is methanol. If you aren’t familiar with methanol, you may recognize one of its derivatives: formaldehyde. Ingesting this chemical could lead to headaches, dizziness, agitation, mania, acute amnesia, or even comas and seizures in extreme exposure.

Heba Hashem, a spokesperson for the American Association of Poison Control Centers, has stated that 1,585 exposures to hand sanitizer containing methanol have been reported from May to August 2020 alone.

And surface disinfectant sprays are even worse, containing toxic chemicals like:

  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Butane
  • Propane
  • Quaternary ammonium compounds (QUATS)
  • Benzalkonium Chloride

Benzalkonium Chloride is the main ingredient in most surface sprays and is toxic to humans, but surface sprays can also harm your pets too. The ammonium compounds found in surface sprays can be very toxic to cats, for example, so if you spray your kitchen table where your furry friend likes to take the occasional stroll, you might be putting them at risk.

Shifting Views On Alcohol-Based Sanitizers

Ethyl and isopropyl alcohol are very effective at killing germs and viruses instantly upon contact, and usually don’t cause too much irritation to our skin. However, due to a recent surge in hand sanitizer production from new manufacturers trying to enter the market amidst the pandemic, formulas and ingredients are beginning to vary, as well as the alcohol content, which might result in harsher formulas.

Most hand sanitizers on the market are made up of about 60%-80% ethanol or isopropyl alcohol, which can cause some pretty nasty irritation to your hands, especially with frequent use.

The alcohol in the sanitizer can leave hands dry and cracked, and can also cause itching and irritation. Even worse, the damaged skin is more prone to breaking and possibly even skin infections. And the more you use it throughout the day, the worse it gets.


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The dryness is a result of the alcohol depleting the natural oils in your hands. It’s also common to find cracks and breaks in the skin with extreme dryness, which can cause pain and discomfort.

Also, according to (3), new germs will begin to repopulate on your hands within minutes of using the sanitizer, causing you to have to continuously douse your hands just to stay protected while you’re out and about. What a nightmare!

But WHY Do Sanitizers Have To Be So Toxic?

It’s simple. The formula needs to be highly toxic in order to kill 99% of germs and bacteria. But in doing so, we are also actively destroying our precious microbiome, as well as our “good” bacteria in the process.

Popular Science (4) has a clever way of putting it: “Alcohol doesn’t discriminate good microbes from bad ones”, meaning every living microbe that touches the chemical cocktail of most sanitizers will surely be destroyed.

But what exactly is a microbiome?

Our microbiome is simply the mix of all microbes, both good and bad, that live on our skin or in our bodies. It might be a bit creepy to think about, but a large percentage of these microbes are actively helping to keep us healthy. Good bacteria will help us digest food, prevent autoimmune disease, and even fight off any potential infections to prevent them from occurring in the first place.


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Choosing A Safer, Non-Toxic Sanitizer

Since almost all sanitizers and surface sprays contain toxic chemicals and alcohol, it can be very difficult to find a solution that’s both a non-toxic sanitizer and also highly effective. After all, you don’t want to risk laying in bed for 5 days with a cold just because you wanted your hands to stay moisturized!

But what a lot of people also don’t know is that there is not only a non-toxic sanitizer form readily available, but recently we’ve seen some crazy scientific breakthroughs in preventative sanitizers, meaning they actually prevent any new germs from accumulating, whether the surface is dry or wet.

The coolest technology we’ve seen so far is silver-based nanotechnology. Yep, that’s right, silver! In fact, silver has been used for 1,000s of years as a natural antiseptic and was a common treatment for wounded soldiers in many historical wars.

We have always trusted our friends at Truly Free to supply safe solutions to so many toxic home products on the market today, and it looks like they’ve done it again with their very own silver-based sanitizer!

The Truly Free Surface Shield is the world’s first preventative AND 100% non-toxic sanitizer that doesn’t use ANY toxic chemicals. Instead, it uses natural silver ions to shield practically any surface for an entire 14 days of protection from 99.99% of germs and viruses! How cool is that?

(No wonder it was invented by a NASA scientist…)

Here are some of our favorite ways to use Surface Shield that you can do too:

  • Door knobs will stay shielded and kill any germs that may be present on hands upon contact, no matter how many times the doorknob is used.
  • Kitchen counters will stay shielded even after you wash them. If you ever miss a spot after preparing raw meat, Surface Shield will have your back!
  • Spray some Surface Shield on your steering wheel to kill any grocery store germs that land on it, protecting you from bringing them inside your home when you get out of the car.
  • Going to multiple stores for multiple errands? Don’t re-douse your hands with toxic chemicals EVERY time you get in and out of the car, just use Surface Shield ONE time on your steering wheel, wallet, purse, or even your hands and gain some germ-fighting superpowers that will protect you all day!
  • Completely non-toxic to humans and pets, you can also spray Surface Shield on your kids’ toys and play areas to keep them sanitized and safe without you ever having to interfere or worry about their safety.
  • Have a cat that loves to walk on your kitchen table when you’re not looking? Prevent those dirty paws from spreading germs with Surface Shield! Plus, imagine bragging to your friends about how your table is shielded in silver…!

FAQs About TrulyFree Surface Shield

Q. What makes Surface Shield safer than store-bought disinfectants?
Store-bought disinfectants use toxic chemicals to “chemically” kill germs…but those chemicals also harm you AND kill any “good” bacteria with it. Surface Shield uses a “mechanical” kill by wrapping nasty germs in a coat of silver, bonding with them, and killing them in about 4 minutes. (At least they go out in style!)

Q. Can I spray Surface Shield on any hard surface to sanitize?
Yes, Surface Shield sanitizes any hard surfaces to safely sanitize for up to 14 days and won’t damage wood, metal, or plastic.

Q. Is Surface Shield safe to spray on children’s toys?
Yes, because Surface Shield uses a non-toxic silver as its primary ingredient, it is completely safe around your family.

Q. Is there any risk for metal poisoning from the silver?
No, unlike other metals like lead and mercury, silver is not toxic to humans whatsoever

Q. Could I spray it on my hands?
We all want to become the Silver Surfer from time to time…although we only recommend spraying on surfaces, you could also spray your hands to disinfect instantly + keep your hands protected from any incoming germs or viruses!

Q. Will it last for 14 days even if I wash my surfaces?
Yes! Even after washing, using, or wiping your surfaces, Surface Shield remains as a tough barrier against germs and viruses for up to 2 weeks!

Q. Can I safely use other products on my surfaces too?
Yes, because there are no volatile chemicals present in Surface Shield, you run zero risk of chemicals combining to form toxic gasses or byproducts.

Q. What are the best ways to use this product?
Spray Surface Shield on anything that you don’t want germs and viruses to survive on. Some great examples are your kitchen counter when preparing raw meat (in case you forget a spot when cleaning up), your cell phone before entering the grocery store (we recommend having a waterproof phone case to prevent damage), children’s toys, tabletops (for when your cat wants to take a stroll) or doorknobs that you frequently use.

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