We understand from a very young age how essential it is to keep hygiene by washing our hands and fingers. It follows from that mentioned truth that it can only help to use a hand sanitizer to buttress the removal of harmful bacteria from the hands.
So these days you’ll see hand-sanitizing stations wherever you might see individuals regularly using their hands: at fitness centers, educational institutions, bus stops, and so on. It gives people peace of mind that they’re instantly protected from the thousands of people with varying states of wellness and hygiene who might have passed by the same place and touched the same things.
Does hand sanitizer really work?
Despite the proliferation of hand sanitizers, there hasn’t appeared to be a decrease in the proliferation of harmful bacteria. The Food and Drug Administration finally said enough is enough and asked the hand sanitizer corporations to prove the effectiveness of their products. The results aren’t great.
According to Allison Aielo, an epidemiology professor at the prestigious University of Michigan, there is no convincing evidence that these products have any benefit. Relative to soap and water, says Dr. Anna Bowen of the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, hand sanitizers actually do less work.
Moreover, hand sanitizers might be more than ineffective; they may be harmful. Studies have shown that there is an ingredient in non-alcoholic hand sanitizers called triclosan which actually disrupts your endocrine system. It reduces your natural testosterone which reduces muscle strength and can even harm your immune system. The Food and Drug Administration is currently testing these findings to determine exactly how toxic these products might be.
While there hasn’t been any evidence that the increase in hand sanitizers has lead to a decrease in harmful bacteria, there is evidence that it might ironically increase the proliferation of these dangerous organisms… Click here to read the rest of the article.
If the above article hasn’t convinced you, watch the video below by our friends at iflscience.com. The video outlines the many diseases that have been linked to the frequent use of hand sanitizer as doing so increases your absoprtion of BPA (Bisphenol A), the harmful substance found in most products made out of plastic.
This video makes a strong case against the use of hand sanitizers. Watching it will convince you to give up store-bought sanitizers for good!
Homemade Hand Sanitizer
This homemade hand sanitizer recipe is easy to make, cost effective and good for your skin! The tea tree oil kills off bacteria while the aloe vera and the vitamin E calms and nourishes the skin, keeping it hydrated and clean! Try this recipe today!
Time: 2 minutes
- 3 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
- 1 tbsp filtered water
- 5 drops tea tree essential oil
- 1 tsp Vitamin E
- Dispenser Tube
- Combine all ingredients together and mix.
- Transfer ingredients into squeeze bottle.