You are probably one of those people who use hand sanitizers, but you have to know that you don’t only keep all the germs out, you invite all the chemicals on your skin. Research proves that the active ingredient which is present in the hand sanitizer is an endocrine disruptor which is easily absorbed in your skin, and can even be linked to a higher risk of cancer. Its name is triclosan.

Companies that produce hand sanitizer use the triclosan as an antibacterial agent, which is effective in killing off all the harmful bacteria. The triclosan is also used as an ingredient in hygienic products such as soaps and toothpaste.

Natural Hand Sanitizer

Natural Hand Sanitizer

Even though it is an ingredient named triclosan, on the label you can find it in a different name, such as sapoderm, tersaseptic, aquasept, microshield t, irgasan DP 300, manusept, trisan.

Some of the health issues the triclosan may cause – even though the triclosan can be classified as a confirmed human carcinogen, scientists have found potential links to hormone related cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer and ovarian cancer. As an endocrine disruptor, the triclosan can interfere with the normal hormone system of the body, and in some cases, it can be fatal.

HM Lee, the lead researcher of this study claims that the majority of the previous studies conducted upon this compound revealed that the triclosan, as well as some other compounds has the potential to induce metastasis of cancer, and in some cases can increase the risk of worsening the situation with people who are already suffering from cancer.

The true question here is – can all these risks really come from one hand sanitizer? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Research shows how the triclosan can easily be stored in  your body over time. A study which was conducted in 2016 revealed that the triclosan is found in booth water supplies as well as in humans – urine, blood, breast milk and even nails.

These findings can be of a great concern among people, especially because of its toxic properties.The dangers are not only for the people who have been using the hand sanitizer for a long period of time.

There is a so called window of time that can also make small children more sucseptible to the effects of this product. Another study which was conduted on rats in 2016 showed how there should definitely be concerns about the well being of the adults as well as children who use products containing triclosan. There are a lot of potential threats for the humans and this is the most sensitive window of all.

This is why you can use your own home made hand sanitizer – the real truth is, you do not need any hand sanitizer or an antibacterial soap to get rid of all those germs. In a study conducted in 2007, scientists have proven how the soaps who contained triclosan did not destroy any more bacteria than the regular soaps do.

Needless to say a lot of bacteria over the time can become immune to this particular compound. The bottom line here is that you do not heed to spend a lot of money on toxic products in order to maintain your health – if you want to keep your hands clean, all you need is a bar of soap.

But, if you are looking for a natural antibacterial hand sanitizer (something that you can carry around with you), you can easily make one on your own using essential oils and natural ingredients.

The eucalyptus and the tea tree essential oils are proven antimicrobials which can easily be mixed with a natural aloe vera gel, another proven antibacterial agent. The aloe vera also has the added properties of naturally soothing the skin, reducing the redness of the skin, and even increasing the elasticity of the skin.

Here are the ingredients to prepare your own natural hand sanitizer – ¼ cup of Aloe Vera gel, 10 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of eucalyptus oil. Mix all of the ingredients up and then put them in a spray bottle. Shake before using the natural home made hand sanitizer.

But, before using it, always make sure you do a spot test, using a small amount of the essential oil mixture in order to see whether there will be any irritations. The cinnamon essential oil is one irritant which is particularly common.