Here are some much safer options for hand sanitizers. The good news is they have minimal ingredients (all easy to recognise and pronounce – which is a good start), and all do a great job as a quick hand sanitizer for those moments that you’re not close to soap & water. The bad news is they’re not readily available at your local big-name supermarket BUT they are readily available online (links attached), or in person at smaller specialty health stores.
Here’s a closer look at the ingredients of each:
EO Spray: Organic Ethanol (Non-GMO), Purified Water, Organic Lavender (Lavendula Officinalis) Essential Oil, Organic Echinacea Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Vitamin E. http://www.naturalhealthorganics.com.au/
Dr Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitizing Spray: Organic Ethanol (62%), Water, Organic Glycerin, Organic Lavender Oil. http://www.drbronner.com.au/
Melrose Organic Hand Sanitizer: Organic Ethanol (62%), Organic Glycerin, Purified Water, Organic Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil. http://www.melrosehealth.com.au/
Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier: Denatured ethanol SD-38B (denatured with peppermint essential oil), water, aloe barbadensis leaf, vegetable glycerin, syzygium aromaticum (clove) flower bud oil, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, cinnamon verum (cinnamon) bark oil, eucalyptus radiata leaf oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil and hydroxylpropyl cellulose. https://www.youngliving.com/en_AU/products/home/natural-protection/thieves-waterless-hand-purifier
If you’re crazy for having clean hands (like me!) go for one of the above options instead of buying any of the nasty hand sanitizers out there. When you’re looking for your next hand sanitizer do yourself a favour and have a look at the ingredients. If you see anything you don’t like or understand then sail on to the next. There are better options out there and when you know where to look they’re easy to find. For the spray products that have a high alcohol content (EO, Melrose, Dr Bronners) note that these can be drying on the hands. My advice, don’t go overboard! Moisturise with a little coconut butter (I carry a little container in my bag for these occasions).
I have also posted an easy DIY (do-it-yourself) hand sanitizer recipe. The ingredients are cheap and readily available, and can be made in a flash. Grab a few 50ml spray bottles (cheap on ebay) and give them to your family – just multiply the quantities as per your requirements.
How cheap and easy is that?! Cool huh?