Softly-scented, natural, non-toxic homemade hand sanitizer
For health reasons avoid using commercial hand sanitizers and lotions before and after handling receipts. Receipts and other thermal paper slips pollute our bodies. The situation is even more disconcerting for cashiers, female workers of childbearing age, and teens, as they are more biologically vulnerable to the effects of BPA and BPS.
Here’s a 2014 highly concerning study published in PLoS titled, “Holding thermal receipt paper and eating food after using hand sanitizer results in high serum bioactive and urine total levels of bisphenol A (BPA),” found that hand sanitizers, as well as other skin care products, contain mixtures of chemicals that can increase the absorption of fat-soluble compounds such as BPA by as much as 100 fold. Read more at https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/why-you-should-never-touch-receipts
Minimize use of plastic
I asked the manufacturer of glass containers for left over food if their product was free of phthalates, BPA, BPF and BPS. They confirmed the product was phthalates, BPA and BPS free however BPF was not mentioned on their list. Learn more at https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-is-bpa#where-its-found
This moisturizing hand sanitizer is anti microbial, anti fungal, anti bacterial, anti viral, antiseptic, anti inflammatory and more.
Use organic, non gmo essential oils as much as possible.
Ingredients [See ‘essential oil properties’ below]
- 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
- 30 drops tea tree essential oil – this is a 0.5% concentration
- 1 Tablespoon witch hazel extract [alcohol free*] [anti-oxidant] substitute alcohol with brandy or high-proof vodka
- 8 ounces 100% pure aloe vera gel [anti viral, anti-inflammatory]
- ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E [antioxidant] a natural preservative to increase shelf life (It will also help soften hands!)
The following is from the book ‘Life-Changing Foods’ by Anthony William.
*Alcohol in herbal products is corn gain alcohol, even in organics, and therefore gmo contaminated. GMO corn feeds viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer, which defeats the intended purity of the herb.
- Add essential oils and Vitamin E oil to a small glass bowl or container and swirl to mix.
- Add witch hazel to the oils and swirl again.
- Combine this mixture with the aloe vera gel and mix well.
- Shake gently before each use. (Sanitizer should last several months with the addition of Vitamin E to help preserve.)
Transfer hand sanitizer to small, clean glass squirt bottles. Also, use brown or cobalt blue colored bottle so the essential oils in the recipe are not exposed to light.
You could also mix up a batch and keep in a container with a pump. Yields 9 0z. 255.146 gm https://www.diynatural.com/homemade-hand-sanitizer/
Homemade non-toxic household cleaner
Use organic, non gmo essential oils as much as possible.
- 8 ounces distilled/chemical free water
- 4 ounces distilled white vinegar [I prefer organic, non-gmo apple cider vinegar]
- 10 drops melaleuca oil [tea tree essential oil]
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops lime essential oil
- Glass cleaning spray bottle
- Fill spray bottle with ingredients.
- Close bottle and shake to mix.
- Swirl/shake bottle before each spray.
Essential oil properties
Tea tree: Antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, fungicide, insecticide, antiseptic, cicatrisant [skin healing], expectorant, stimulant, and sudorific in nature.
Lemon: Antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, aperitif, bactericidal, disinfectant.
Lime: Antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, bactericidal, disinfectant.
Lavender: Can be calming, sleep-inducing, analgesic, disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antifungal.
Purify the air
A good organic essential oil to diffuse is Thieves Blend a.k.a. Defense essential oil. It benefits the respiratory system, is antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal. Purchase organic essential oils where possible.
In my diffuser I add a few drops each of rosemary, peppermint, and eucalyptus organic essential oils to distilled water.
List of essential oils and their properties
Essential oils are used extensively in aromatherapy and various traditional medicines. Due to the numerous health benefits of essential oils, they are increasingly being explored by the scientific community for the treatment of a variety of diseases including cancer, HIV, asthma, bronchitis, heart strokes, and many more. There are more than 90 essential oils, and each has its own health benefits. Most essential oils blend well with other essential oils in terms of function and odor, which allows herbalists to prepare a vast repertoire of aromatic essential oil combinations.
In the link below is a individual benefits are variable, so you should consult a medical practitioner before using these oils, either internally or topically. The benefits of herbs are also provided in greater detail on a separate page, so feel free to click on any of those essential oils to know the full extent of its health benefits. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oilscurrently being widely used or researched. Most of these oils are quite strong in nature and can cause side effects if they are not taken in an appropriate manner and dose. Furthermore, their
This information is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevent any disease. Views expressed here are for educational purposes only.
We need to take responsibility for our own health and well being. It’s easy and safer to make your own non-toxic products where appropriate. Please spread the word. Thank you.
Doreen A Agostino
Without Prejudice and Without Recourse
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