Hand sanitizers are, in principle, a good idea. But the ingredients in most commercially available ones contain a toxic soup of chemicals, fragrances, dyes and preservatives. Why put harmful, immune lowering chemicals on your skin – the very same skin which so readily absorbs toxins into your blood stream?! After all, the purpose of hand sanitizer is to help boost your immune system, not burden it!
Essential Oils Are Medicines
With some many “natural” and “organic” varieties of hand sanitizers available now, why would I want to make my own? Because I have been unable to find one that meets both criteria: 1) has nothing in it that I don’t approve of, 2) is reasonably priced and 3) is unscented. I, for one, don’t want any fragrances on my hands, even if they are “natural”! People have become addicted to fragrances in their everyday lives. Most people do not realize HOW scented their households and lives have become until something snaps in their own health and they become chemically sensitive like I did 12 years ago.
Every fragrance can cause symptoms, seen and unseen. For example, Lavender essential oil, which is in SO MANY products these days, has been the subject of a homeopathic proving (like a drug trial or test). What does that mean? it means that people have noticed symptoms when using lavender and the homeopathic proving set out to find out EXACTLY what kinds of symptoms this substance could elicit!
Lavender, as with most essential oils, is a medicine. Reactions to any substance are dose dependent. The larger the dose, the more symptoms. And, as my final injection of homeopathic tennets goes – everyone has their individual sensitivities. Some people are more sensitive, some people are more robust! And then let’s not forget people’s peculiar sensitivities…all of these things – dose, sensitivities and peculiarities – will determine if and when someone reacts (get symptoms) from a peculiar substance.
[gn_pullquote]Our lives are overburdened with too many fragrances – but that is a topic for another blog![/gn_pullquote]
There is growing evidence that washing and sanitizing your skin too much:
- Reduces your first defense immunity by removing helpful bacteria from the skin
- Removes the skin’s protective oil barrier which causes the skin to become more absorbent of harmful influences like toxins and bacteria
- Causes your skin to become more absorbent than what is normal by the inclusion of certain chemical that cause “penetration” or “permeation” into the cells
For a little money, you can make your own hand sanitizer, and lots of it. Many of you will already have these ingredients on hand (no pun intended). As an added benefit, your homemade hand sanitizer will contain no chemicals like triclosan that lower your immune function; no fragrances that desensitize your olfactory (nasal) nerve or cause excitement of your neurons; and no dyes or harmful preservatives!
Simple. Cheap. Effective. Sign me up!
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- 4-10 drops unscented liquid castile soap (use more if you use a 2 oz bottle or bigger, less for smaller ones. You don’t want “suds”, you just want a bit of cleaning)
- filtered water
- grain alcohol
Using a small container (1/2oz to 2oz size), add your soap and fill the bottle 1/3 full of water. Fill the rest with grain alcohol. Gently shake the ingredients together and use as needed for cleaner hands.
You can use the same alcohol you use to preserve your homeopathic remedies. If you want to be really pure, I’d use Organic Vodka, that way you avoid all pesticides, possible GMO’s and other harmful substances. In fact, if use that same Organic Vodka in your remedies if you are taking drop doses!!! Plus, don’t use Isopropyl alcohol. It’s poisonous and is readily absorbed through the skin. [/gn_box]
Other Uses for Homemade Hand Sanitizer
- Remove unwanted fragrances from your hands such as when you have just used a shopping cart and unwillingly gotten someone else’s lotion or perfume all over your hands! YUK!!
- Keep a few tissues in your pocket, squeeze some of the sanitizer into it and wipe down shopping cart handles, telephones, computer doorknobs, toilet seats and more before use
- After you have handled cash and your hands stink of old lady perfume, aftershave and BO
- Great for those who are diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), or even if you just suffer from mild chemical sensitivities
- Wipe down the table when you go out to eat
- I’m sure you’ll think of other ways to use it!
Where to Buy Containers
If you are having trouble locating suitable containers for your handsanitzer, try the “travel size” section at the drug store; look at your local health food store in the bulk herb or Health & Beauty department, or shop online.
Here’s some additional reading:
 United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, OSHA Technical Manual (OTM) Section II: Chapter 2 https://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm_ii/otm_ii_2.html