Antimicrobial soaps and sanitisers have been touted as keeping us safe from the pandemic. Worldwide sales rocketed as we sought the best advice to do our part to stop the spread. With these products promising to reduce the spread of germs and bacteria, they can also contain harsh chemicals that may be damaging to your skin and even your health. In my previous blog I outlined some of the dangers of overuse of these products and their common additive Triclosan (an antimicrobial agent present in many soaps, cleaners and hand sanitisers).
You can read my previous blog HERE.
Of course the BEST way to fight the onslaught of viruses and bacteria is to have a healthy immune system. The best way to got that is to practice a healthy, natural, toxin free life. Fortunately, there are some natural and healthy alternatives to these products that can help keep you and your family safe while avoiding the potential hazards of antimicrobial products.
One of the most popular natural alternatives to antimicrobial soaps and sanitizers are essential oil-based products. Essential oils like lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus have natural antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, making them a great choice for cleansing and sanitizing the body. Natural soaps are made with natural ingredients, like essential oils and plant-based extracts, that are gentle on the skin and free of harsh chemicals. Natural sanitizers, such as those made with essential oils, are also free of harsh chemicals and do an effective job at killing germs and bacteria. Essential oil-based soaps and sanitizers can be found in health food stores and online, Check the label to make sure they are triclosan, SLS, Paraben and Phthalate free.
Another healthy alternative to traditional sanitizers and soaps is to use alcohol-based products. Alcohol-based products are effective at killing germs and bacteria, but they don't contain the same harsh chemicals found in traditional sanitizers. Alcohol-based sanitizers also evaporate quickly, so you don't have to worry about leaving behind a sticky residue.
In your pantry you have a surprisingly effective alternative to antimicrobial products - vinegar. Vinegar is packed with natural antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, making it an ideal choice for cleansing and sanitizing. To use it as a hand sanitizer, simply mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water in a spray bottle and spray it onto your hands.
Baking soda is another natural alternative to antibacterial soaps and sanitizers. Baking soda has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties, making it an effective choice for cleansing and sanitizing. To use baking soda as a hand sanitizer, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 cup of water and use it to wash your hands.
So next time you head into the supermarket to purchase your new soap/hand sanitiser, pause to consider the healthier, natural options or go ahead and have a go at making your own!
Please do let me know if you’ve tried them in the comments below.
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