Antibacterial and antiseptic hand sanitizers are a very convenient, quick method to reduce the number of germs on the hands in the effort to reduce the risk the spread of illness. Sanitizing hand gels should not replace good old soap and water but when access to water is not convenient, they are the next best thing.
We want a clean environment but have to realize that we don't live in a sterile environment. To think germs are all bad is only going to hinder the development of a strong immune system. It was a marketing ploy that people believed they needed an antibacterial soap to stop the spread of germs. We now know that the use of Triclosan can do more harm than good in the long run. These soaps do not kill viruses, therefore not effective anyway for preventing colds and the flu. Second, the use of antibacterial products can result in the survival of germs that then become antibiotic resistant. And also, Triclosan is terrible for the environment.
To use for such things as before eating at a restaurant or after touching shopping carts or using a port-a-potty, hand sanitizers can be a wonderful thing to have at your disposal. People in professions where they need to wash hands several times a day need something that takes little time and works effectively. Hand sanitizers for these situations are great but in general, for everyday routines around the home it is still best to use soap and water.
Steering away from commercial hand sanitizers is best if you are trying to avoid products high in alcohol. Yes, alcohol is very effective at killing germs but it can also be very drying to the skin. Plus, since children seem to always have their hands in their mouths, we don't want to think they're ingesting these chemical products.
Containing Aloe Vera gel, Witch Hazel, Colloidal Silver, Vegetable Glycerin and essential oils with antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, this blend is a preferred choice.
Witch Hazel has long been used as an antiseptic to prohibit the growth of germs. It is very soothing and conditioning for the skin. The typical witch hazel we use contains 14% alcohol which disrupts the cell membrane of bacteria, resulting in their death. Witch Hazel contains properties made through a distillation resulting in a product with 14% alcohol for preservation. That amount of alcohol shouldn't be enough to dry out the skin but If you want a totally alcohol free hand sanitizer let me know and I'll use an alcohol free witch hazel. For preservation purposes, benzoic acid, a mild preservative is already added to the alcohol free witch hazel.
Colloidal silver is something new to many people. Colloidal silver is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal and is becoming more popular now that antibiotic resistance is becoming a real problem. Silver is a powerful, natural antibiotic, used for thousands of years, with no known side effects. Colloidal silver is the suspension of sub-microscopic silver nanoparticles in water. It serves as a catalyst in that silver nanoparticles bind to bacteria cell walls. disabling the particular enzyme that all one-celled bacteria, fungus and virus, use for their oxygen metabolism. It is of no harm to human enzymes or any part of the human body chemistry. To learn more, this information is from: https://wellnessmama.com/130001/colloidal-silver/
Aloe Vera gel has its own antibacterial and antifungal properties while being soothing, moisturizing, astringent... the list goes on for this amazing plant.
If you prefer the sprayer type top, I will be using aloe vera juice rather than the gel. Being the gel is thicker it may hinder the sprayer tube and nozzle from functioning properly.
Store bought sanitizers usually use alcohol because alcohol contains the necessary 70% alcohol necessary for effectively killing germs. Products without this high alcohol content often use essential oils to help make up for that. A combination of lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary, cinnamon and cloves pack a powerful punch against the battle of eliminating germs. Plants have their own methods for protecting themselves and certain plants are well known for their essential oils in the fight against bacterial, viruses and fungus. An important perk for using essential oils is that there won't be the problem of the survival of what are known as "super bugs" that become antibiotic resistant.
Proper technique is needed for hand gels to be effective. If the hands are visibly dirty, don't expect the gels to remove the dirt as does washing with soap and water. Soap breaks down organic matter and water rinses it away. The antibacterial properties of hand sanitizers have to come in direct contact with the germs in order for them to actually work. If dirt is in the way, the gel may not reach where it is needed.
Spray just a few spritzes (or just a tiny bit if you choose the pop-up type cap) onto hands and use a bit of friction to rub in and distribute evenly around the fingers and nails. Let the skin air dry.
Don't let young children do their own spraying since most likely they will use too much at a time. Though this blend is considered child safe, be sure your child doesn't lick at their hands. Essential oils should not be ingested.
**You may find brown floaties which are simply the essential oils and vitamin E droplets which aren't easily soluble and tend to rise to the top. Give it a shake before using.
***Pregnant women, babies and very young children need a version of this spray without the essential oils. The rest of the ingredients should be sufficient in killing germs.
If you don't want added essential oils just let me know in the message box at check-out.***
Keep the spray out of the sun or heat source. Keep the bottle dry from contact with water.
Shelf life is as most naturally made products. Try to use up within six months.
Please note that this blend has been a part of my shop prior to covid19. I am making NO claims about its use specifically for covid19. It is not formulated to meet the recommended alcohol levels because I have no way for it to be FDA tested therefore the listing is as it had been.
Please be aware that I am making no claims that this product is a cure for any medical condition. It is a result of information gathered on the benefits and properties of various plants and home remedies. It has not been tested by the FDA therefore I have no studies attached to its use. I have no statistical information to prove the level of bacterial, viral or fungal elimination on surfaces. I have no way of predicting how individual cases will react to use of a particular product, so please apply to a test spot before regular use. Please read the ingredient list and be aware of known allergies.
This hand sanitizer comes in a choice of a 2 oz. or 4 oz. plastic spray bottle.
Should you prefer a disc type of cap rather than a sprayer top you can choose at check-out
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