2020, we are facing a global pandemic after almost 100 years in history. It’s chaotic and scary. Following SOPs is very important to save yourself during the pandemic. One of the SOPs includes cleaning your hands with a hand sanitiser if you could find one in the market.
Hand sanitiser gained its popularity globally after the severity of COVID19. Hand sanitiser is a hand cleanser without any need for soap and water. It cleans your hands from dirt, bacteria and reduces the flu causing germs on the hand.
But there is a catch; every sanitiser is not equally the same. Some hand sanitisers contain very harmful ingredients. Since the increased demand of hand sanitisers due to covid, it’s expected behavior that people will buy any liquid that says “hand sanitiser”. Although this is a classic behavioral instinct, we need to be careful about what we are putting on our hands and especially on our children’s hands every hour.
If you believe in the notion “better safe than sorry” then read the following ingredients that make your hand sanitiser harmful and toxic:
Triclosan/ Triclocarban (synthetic Pesticide)
Triclosan is a common ingredient with anti-bacterial properties. Although triclosan was banned in 2016 by the FDA to be used in anti-bacterial soaps, it is used in detergents, soaps, deodorants, toothpaste and other personal care products.
Triclosan is a toxic ingredient in hand sanitisers because the anti-bacterial property doesn’t kill cold and flu viruses and most importantly it has been associated with the development of super germs, hormone disruption and other severities such as liver damage and cancer.
Fragrances paired up with Phthalates:
The inclusion of fragrances in personal care products is the most debated ingredient. Including the natural ones, fragrances are categorized as carcinogens (a substance that promotes the formation of cancer), asthma triggers, allergens, hormone disruptors, and neurotoxins (substance destructive to nerve tissue) by health organizations and experts.
Fragrances paired up with phthalates are even more toxic in hand sanitisers because it helps scents stay longer.
Preservatives, known as parabens, are commonly used in personal care products and cosmetics. It is used to prevent the growth of fungus and bacteria in liquids, creamy texture products and lotions. Parabens increase the shelf life of many products, including food. Parabens are only profitable for the manufacturer’s not the human body since it’s associated with endocrine disruption. Reproductive toxicity, skin irritation and neurotoxicity.
Methyl Alcohol (methanol)
Methanol, also known as wood alcohol is one of the most toxic ingredients in a hand sanitiser as it is extracted from natural gas and gold. It is flammable, and even its four ounces can cause irreversible damage to the nervous system, including blindness.
The mentioned above ingredients are just a few common examples of toxic ingredients you will find in your hand sanitiser. Now, below we have a different list of ingredients.
Ingredients Your Hand Sanitiser Should Have:
If you are looking for a non-toxic portable hand sanitiser, you should look for the following ingredients.
Commonly-known as alcohol is a trendy ingredient in several hygiene products added mostly in two-thirds measurement. Your hand sanitiser should be made from ethyl at least 60%
Aloe Vera and Vitamin E:
Aloe Vera and vitamin E are the most natural ingredients you can have in your sanitiser. It helps moisturize your skin and prevent dryness on your skin. Aloe Vera is also suitable for people who like a bit of scent in sanitisers.
Glycerin is a non-fragrant substance used as a hand softener ingredient. Glycerin also prevents dryness but dries quickly on your hand, preventing a sticky feeling of your hands.
We would all like some extra protection, wouldn’t we? Most companies have started to use hydrogen peroxide as an additional germ killer. Paired up with alcohol, it doesn’t harm your skin or stimulates any harmful diseases.
Several companies claim to make organic hand sanitisers; however, they differ in the effectiveness of the hand sanitiser. A homemade sanitiser is a good choice if there is a shortage, but the experts recommend buying sanitisers made by authentic manufacturers.