Making your own hand sanitizer can be more important than you thought. Just recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally issued a ruling that officially bans the use of triclocarban, triclosan, and 17 other dangerous chemicals in hand and body washes. These products have been marketed as being which being more effective than good ol’ fashioned soap and water and consumers have been mislead to purchasing them!
“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) said. “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”
Antibacterial product manufacturers have until 2017 to comply with the new law by removing all products from the market or that violate this ruling or remove antibacterial active ingredients. But this still isn’t enough to keep us safe. Triclosan is still in countless other products like deodorants, antiperspirants, body spray and toothpastes. For a list of products that include triclosan, click HERE.
Simply put: antibacterial products kill ALL the bacteria on your hands; including the GOOD bacteria you need for healthy skin and a properly functioning immune system. In fact, they have been shown to weaken your immune system!
DIY Hand Sanitizer
Looking for a quick and easy DIY hand sanitizer recipe? Make a few bottles of this spray hand sanitizer to carry in your purse, store in your vehicle, and toss in the baby's diaper bag. You can easily sanitize and kill germs on the go. Plus, it smells lovely.
You can get as creative with your hand sanitizer spray as you wish. Create your own blend with essential oils or try one of the ones we recommend. If you love this essential oil DIY, then check out our homemade liquid hand soap.
- Pick and choose the essential oils to meet your desired result.
- Drop essential oils into bottle.
- Then add witch hazel, aloe, vitamin E and mix.
- Fill with water, close lid and shake vigorously.
- Be sure to shake before each use. It's THAT easy!
- If you'd like to make an extra moisturizing spray, add some vitamin E and aloe.
Christmas Blend - Fir needle (Balsam fir, Douglas fir, white fir), peppermint and vanilla absolute
Deep Breathing Blend - Cardamom, eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree
Focus Blend - Cedar wood, frankincense, sandalwood and vetiver
Good Bye Allergy Blend - Lavender, lemon, and peppermint
Healthy Digestion Blend - Anise, caraway, fennel, ginger, lemon, tarragon
Holy Anointing Blend - cassia, cinnamon, frankincense, myrrh
Immune Boosting Blend - Cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, orange and lemon
Happy Blend - Orange, lemon, bergamot, grapefruit and vanilla absolute
Sleepy Time Blend - Roman chamomile, lavender, and vetiver