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I remember the days when hand purifier wasn’t even a thing. When your hands were dirty, you had to trudge to the bathroom to wash them before dinner time. Especially for me… I was always digging in the dirt (I wanted to be a Paleontologist when I was a kid so I was always digging up “dino bones”).
Fast forward a decade and everyone was carrying hand purifier in their purses, they were popping up in hospital rooms, and classrooms. Before I knew anything about how dangerous hand purifier was, I would constantly use it.
Why Make Your Own Hand Purifier?
If you do a quick Google search on “the dangers of hand purifier” you’ll see why I stopped. Hand purifiers contain triclosan, which not only kills bad bacteria but it kills the good bacteria with it. This leads to antibiotic resistance (source), ironically… hand purifier is supposed to be good for you isn’t it?
Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Whatever touches our skin: shampoo, deodorant, makeup, lotion, soap, is directly absorbed into the bloodstream. Once it enters our bloodstream, those toxins get carried to our delicate organs!
Our diet and exercise are not the only components of a healthy lifestyle we need to take care of. They’re still important, but we need to think of our bodies as a whole and treat it holistically. We need to be concerned about what comes in contact with our skin.
When you ingest something orally, it goes through a filter and gets broken down by enzymes and flushed out of the body to a certain extent. Your skin has no filter. Our skin isn’t a barrier like many people think, it’s a carrier.
The average woman applies over 300 chemicals to her body daily, 80% before breakfast.The average woman applies over 300 chemicals to her body every day, 80% before breakfast! Click To Tweet
Does this worry you a bit? Are you starting to think of all the products you have been using for years? I felt the same way. I remember learning all of this for the first time and being shocked but thankful to be learning this information.
It is never too late to change!
Armed with this knowledge, I have set out to ditch and switch all of my harmful cleaning products, makeup, and body products a little bit at a time.
Here’s How to Make Your Own Alcohol Free Hand Purifier
I adapted this recipe from Ready Nutrition.
You’ll need to have a 50ml Push Pump Bottle (or a bottle of your choice, you’ll just need to adjust the measurements for your size bottle).
The bottle I used is from Infinity Jars, you can check out my video below to hear more about it!
DIY Alcohol-Free Hand Purifier
- 5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
- 3 drops Thieves® Essential Oil
- 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 1/4 C Aloe Vera Gel
- Fill the rest with Witch Hazel
- Place the drops of essential oil in the bottle.
- Carefully fill with aloe vera gel. You might have to tap it down a bit for it to sink to the bottom.
- Fill the rest with Witch Hazel.
- Shake before use.
Other Suggested Essential Oils:
Cedarwood Essential Oil (Cedrus atlantica), Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limon), Lemongrass Essential Oil (Cymbopogon flexuosus), Myrrh Essential Oil (Commiphora myrrha), Neroli Essential Oil (Citrus aurantium), Patchouli Essential Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperita), Rose Essential Oil (Rosa damascena), Sacred Sandalwood Essential Oil (Santalum album), Thyme Essential Oil (Thymus vulgaris), Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga odorata), Clove Essential Oil (Syzygium aromaticum), Pine Oils
I keep this handy dandy Alcohol Free Hand Purifier next to my diaper changing table. Most of the time I don’t have the opportunity to wash my hands directly after changing a diaper #becausesqurimyboy.
Time to Make a Change
You’re ready! Now that you’re armed with this knowledge, you can take little steps to ditch and switch here and there. This DIY Alcohol-Free Hand Purifier is a great place to start! 🙂
Have you ever made your own products? What are some of your faves?