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6 Hidden Dangers of Hand Sanitizers
Hand sanitizers seem like a wonderful product to have on hand at
first glance. Who wouldn’t want quick and easy access to clean hands that you
can tuck away into a purse or car glove compartment and use on the go, during
those situations where hand washing is either inconvenient or downright
However, there are dangers that hide in the seemingly innocuous
hand sanitation products available today, and this popular product intended to
help make our lives easier, may, in fact, be making our lives worse. Let’s
explore a few of the reasons that use of commercial hand sanitizing products
should be avoided:
1. Hand sanitizers can increase absorption of harmful BPA
Recent research published in the Public Library of Science
suggests that usage of hand sanitizers that contain triclosan may be harmful,
as topical use of triclosan can increase the body’s absorption of bisphenol A
(commonly called BPA).
This chemical can alter endocrine function by introducing
excessive synthetic estrogens into the body, which can potentially have a
negative long-term impact on health. BPA is a substance once commonly found in
plastics and still used today in store receipt paper, making it a threat to
cashiers—especially those who frequently use hand sanitizer (BPA is one of the 7
reasons to ditch plastic containers).
Triclosan itself has raised questions about its safety to human health.
Research has shown that triclosan affects hormone regulation in animals, may
contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant germs and might be
harmful to the immune system (you may also want to check if your toothpaste
2. Many sanitizers contain phthalates and parabens, which can do
more harm than good
Like BPA, phthalates and parabens can also interrupt normal
function of the body’s endocrine system, leading to early onset of puberty and
increased incidence of obesity and even cancer. Even so, they can commonly be
found lurking in a variety of products many people keep in their homes, including
commercial hand sanitizing products. Yet another reason to steer clear of
store-bought hand sanitizers.
3. Even alcohol-based sanitizers can be dangerous in the wrong
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 serious danger in homes where children
live, as a small child who accidentally ingests the product could fall victim
to alcohol poisoning.
4. Sanitizers may contribute to the development of “super bugs”
Hand sanitizers are intended to be used to ward off bacterial
infection. However, multiple studies have shown that use of these products has
backfired badly. Rather than keeping bugs at bay, the prolific use of hand
sanitizers and other antibacterial products has led to bacteria becoming
resistant to those products, making these bugs more difficult to eradicate
using previously effective measures. Thus, hand sanitizers do nothing to kill
drug-resistant bugs like MRSA, and may, in fact, be helping these “super bugs”
5. Sanitizers are associated with allergy development in young
According to research published in the Environmental Health
Perspectives journal, 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. It is possible that the impact of triclosan on the
endocrine systems of these young people is connected to their immune function,
leaving them less apt to fend off allergens than their non-triclosan-using
6. Ingredients in sanitizers can be harmful to the ecosystem
Not only can the ingredients in hand sanitizers be harmful to
human health, it 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. This means that toxic triclosan can be going where it has no
business being: right into the water that goes to the taps in our homes.
A safer solution for sanitation: make your own natural hand
There are natural methods that you can use to keep your hands
clean without ruining your endocrine system or contributing to environmental
toxicity. Tea tree oil is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral,
making it an ideal alternative to alcohol-or-triclosan-based sanitizing
products. You can find more information in my article about 75
extraordinary uses for tea tree oil and in my e-book Magical
Aromatherapy which will help you to discover the power of essential oils and
the most effective ways to use them.
Try one of these gentle yet effective alternatives to commercial
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.
To use, spray it on hands and rub the hands together vigorously
until they are dry, just as you would with a commercial hand sanitizer.
Keep the bottle in a convenient location and use it as often as
needed—without the fear of toxicity!
Tea Tree Oil-Based Gel Sanitizer
If you prefer a gel sanitizer to a liquid spray, aloe vera gel
can help you to get clean hands naturally.
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 in a cool
To use, squirt a dime-sized dollop into the palm of one hand and
then rub your hands together until they are dry.
Now you can have the convenience of a gel-based sanitizer
without the health concerns of commercially available sanitizing products!