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Let me start with the best way to sanitise and disinfect your hands by washing them properly, with suitable soap and adequately for at least 20 seconds or more.
You will find many articles on the internet about hand sanitizers and how they can affect you.
Dr Finlay, a microbiologist at the University of British Columbia, has led studies and written papers and books about the importance of the human microbiome – the universe of microbes that live in and among us – and the need to expose ourselves to a diversity of microorganisms to keep us healthy. Dr Finlay and his colleagues anticipate they’re also preventing people from acquiring a variety of microbes and accelerating the loss of microbes, potentially contributing to higher rates of these health issues in the long term.
When researching online, I found several articles on hand sanitizers and their adverse effects. I am listing a few of them below.
Hand sanitizers can increase absorption of harmful BPA (bisphenol A): This chemical can alter endocrine function by introducing excessive synthetic estrogens into the body, potentially having a negative long-term impact on health.
Many sanitizers contain phthalates and parabens, which can do more harm than good: phthalates and parabens can also interrupt the body’s endocrine system’s normal function, leading to early onset of puberty and increased incidence of obesity and even cancer.
Even alcohol-based sanitizers can be dangerous in the wrong hands: Not all hand sanitizers use triclosan. Some products use alcohol, which is more effective as a sanitizer and is safer for human health than triclosan-containing products when used as directed. However, products with a high alcohol content can pose a danger in homes where children live. A small child who accidentally ingests the product could fall victim to alcohol poisoning.
Sanitizers may contribute to the development of “superbugs”: According to research published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, the use of triclosan was found to be associated with the development of seasonal allergies in children under the age of 18 who were exposed to the substance.
Ingredients in sanitizers can be harmful to the ecosystem: Not only can the components in hand sanitizers be harmful to human health, but they can also leave a big, ugly footprint on the environment. One study published in Aquatic Toxicology showed that even after going through a treatment plant, water containing triclosan could not be fully cleansed of the substance, meaning that triclosan was being released back into the environment even after treatment measures had been taken to remove it from the water.
Recently, more than 20 hand sanitizer products were tested and found to contain high levels of benzene, CBS News reports.
Valisure, a pharmacy and lab that scrutinizes drug products for quality, tested 260 hand sanitizers in an independent study and found more than 20 have a higher amount of benzene, a known carcinogen than is allowed by the FDA.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), benzene is a highly flammable chemical that is a colourless or light-yellow liquid at room temperature. Exposure to benzene can disrupt human cells, have harmful effects on bone marrow, and decrease the number of red blood cells which can lead to anaemia and negatively affect the immune system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that exposure to benzene can cause cancer including leukaemia.
Due to their independent study, Valisure petitioned the FDA to launch an investigation and recall the 21 hand sanitizers that contain benzene, according to CBS News. David Light, CEO of Valisure, told CBS News, “I was shocked that we were finding benzene at all. It might very well be the most well-known … compound that is dangerous to humans.”
Valisure said 15 brands tested above the FDA interim limit. The top three tested between six- to eight times higher than allowed.
We sell safe Nano Silver hand sanitizer.
Or you can make a hydrogen peroxide-based hand sanitizer.
Hand Sanitizer 530 ml
- 12 oz Isopropyl Alcohol
- Glycerol or Aloe 1 tablespoon (you can add more for thickness desired) I like 4 TBLS
- Distilled Water 3 fluid/oz
- Vinegar 1 tablespoon
- Puroxi OB (Oxyblast) 1 tablespoon
Mix all together and put in a bottle with a squeeze pump.
Tea Tree Oil-Based Liquid Sanitizer
Mix 10 drops of tea tree oil in a bowl with:
One teaspoon of liquid Castile soap
One teaspoon of vitamin E oil
Six ounces of water
Stir this mixture together and pour it into a spritzing bottle.
Tree Oil-Based Gel Sanitizer
If you prefer a gel sanitizer to a liquid spray, aloe vera gel can naturally help you get clean hands.
Mix 10 drops of tea tree oil in a bowl with one ounce of witch hazel and five ounces of aloe vera gel.
Scoop the mixture into a squeezable bottle and store it in a cool place.
To use, squirt a dime-sized dollop into the palm of one hand and then rub your hands together until they are dry.
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