Have you noticed how people are becoming, well, completely fanatical and over the top about using hand sanitisers?
There’s a bottle of the stinky stuff down at our local gym for people to use after handling the weights, and many a parent now pours these chemical-ridden antiseptics onto their children’s hands after playing on playground equipment.
Have any of you natural product lovers stopped to examine the hardcore ingredients of hand sanitisers and the effects they have on skin and general health? We dare you to grab a bottle and check out what’s in there — it’s kinda scary.
It seems like our society’s war on germs goes just a tad too far sometimes.
Hand sanitisers were originally developed for use when soap and water weren’t available. Even the health authorities recommend not using them as a replacement but as an adjunct to soap and water, and many warn against using them on children.
Common ingredients found in hand sanitisers
Hand sanitisers generally contain an assortment of chemical nasties, some of which are known neurotoxins. They include:
- ethyl alcohol
- isopropyl alcohol
- synthetic fragrances
- aminomethyl propanol
- propylene glycol
- isopropyl myristate
- tocopheryl acetate
Don’t get us wrong, we’re all for hygiene and hand washing, but we feel our skin should only become intimate with natural, organic and non-toxic ingredients. No hand sanitiser is 100 percent effective against germs anyway.
We think our antibacterial hand wash does an admirable job of cleaning grubby hands, it doesn’t harm our kids, and it smells a million times better than anything synthetic.
What do you think about hand sanitisers? Should we be using them on our children?