Sunday, October 26, 2014

Healthy Hand Sanitizer

Have you heard about the dangers of hand sanitizer?

Most hand sanitizers have a great deal of alcohol in them.  I’ve even read that children have been hospitalized for alcohol poisoning from them!  Purell and Germ-X contain 62% ethyl alcohol, a little 2 oz. bottle = 4 shots of vodka!
Secondly, triclosan is an anti-bacterial ingredient used not only in hand sanitizers but also in a lot of personal care products.  It is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and low levels of triclosan may disrupt thyroid function. Waste water treatment does not remove all of the chemical, which means it ends up in our lakes, rivers and water sources.
There are currently petitions being laid before the FDA to remove triclosan from the market, which is one of the key ingredients in Antibacterial Hand Sanitizers.  Petitioners make six basic claims about the dangers of triclosan:
  1. Triclosan doesn’t work in consumer products.
  2. Triclosan’s widespread use increases the chances of harmful bacteria becoming resistant to the drug.
  3. Triclosan builds up in the body.
  4. Triclosan may disrupt human hormones.
  5. Triclosan can react with other chemicals to form dioxin and chloroform, which are known to be toxic.
  6. Triclosan contaminates water, affecting marine wildlife and ecosystems.
It’s useful to remember that triclosan, like other pesticides, is a poison. 
If it can affect bacteria, it can affect other things too. 
The problem is you can not control what it is affecting!
Skin is the largest organ of the body. Whatever you put on it will be immediately absorbed withing 5 seconds. Triclosan is linked with liver damage so as it is absorbed through the skin it goes straight for the liver!
So what can you do? Swap it out for this!!
Facts about Shaklee's Basic G:

-Approved by Maryland State Department of Education
(approved by many states for use in schools/childcare settings, check with your local licensing agency)
-Environmental Protection Agency Registered

-Non toxic 

-Remains effective for 3 years from opening vs Bleach loses effectiveness right away

-No need to remix every 24hrs vs bleach is daily
(this is a typical childcare requirement with the use of bleach)
-will NOT bleach/discolor clothing, furniture, floors....vs bleach

-light, pleasant odor vs bleach toxic odor

-more cost effective than bleach (no need to waste),make 64 gallons of Disinfectant!

-only takes 1/2 tsp to 16 oz water (cost effective)

 -can be made into hand sanitizer!

Hand Sanitizer Directions:
7oz water {typical size of dispenser bottles}
1/4tsp Basic H {all purpose cleaner from Shaklee}
go here to learn more about basic h
4 drops Basic G {Germicide from Shaklee}
Mix well. 

*TIP: use a foam type dispenser, it will last even longer!
Perfect for times when you do not have access to water. I keep one in my to go bag and in the car/van!

Stay Healthy,

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