With the current epidemic that has taken over the world, with the COVID-19 virus, everywhere you go, you can see signs and warnings for people to wash their hands, wear face masks and use hand sanitizers every chance they get.
The hand sanitizer aisles in retail stores are empty! And as such every possible manufacturer has taken to their factories to produce an assortment of different sanitizers to provide to the public, most of which are either perfumed, scented, or unscented. To add some fuel to the fire, if they do not include at least 60% alcohol in them, you may as well throw them in the trash. Read about this further on this website.
Even though this is a noble cause for most of them, what is often missed is the effects it has on our hands and possibly on our health too. Even though it is good for you, anything that has perfume or fragrance in it, besides perfumes and colognes, isn’t always good for your skin. They have a few risky ingredients in these bottles, which we will investigate so the next time you purchase one, online or at the stores you know what you’re getting your hands on, and which would be the better option for you to put in your basket.
Harmful Ingredients In Scented Hand Sanitizers
Hand cleansers in the form of on-the-go products are a brilliant way of keeping any germs and bacteria at bay, for the majority of the time. But this depends highly on the brand and type of product you use. Unfortunately, not all of them are as effective as they should be because some manufacturers produce them for more of a monetary and aesthetic purpose, rather than a health and safety purpose. Having said that, there are a few risky ingredients that they include in them of which you should know. Below are a few of these.
Triclosan. Known to prevent harmful bacteria, Triclosan is typically found in everything from the bathroom to the kitchen sink, i.e. any consumer products. From clothing to soaps, toothpaste and shampoos, and yes, you guessed it hand cleansers. A good way to check if it has this in it is by seeing if it says it is an “antibacterial” product.
The funny thing about it is that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has found no benefit of including it into any product. Having done a few tests on lab animals and humans https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/5-things-know-about-triclosan, they have stated that it may reduce thyroid hormones and can make bacteria resistant to antibiotics, but nothing has been fully confirmed.
This means it helps to create super bacteria, as opposed to killing them. They have stated that it has shown no benefit in consumer products, so one wonders why it is in there, to begin with? It may be a while before it has been completely abolished from manufacturers ingredients, until then lookout for it, and choose a soap or bottle that does not include it inside.
Fragrance or Perfumes. We love to smell nice, of course, why not? It’s what makes us human. But if this can be done without all the toxic chemicals that make up a bottle of cleanser, it would be much preferred. Did you know any product that has fragrance in it, is considered proprietary information, in other words, those that make it, are not required by law to disclose the mix of ingredients used to come up with that perfume or smell? There could literally be hundreds of awful chemicals in that bottle you’re putting into your hands and rubbing all over, and you won’t even know it.
Just to give you some idea, any product with perfume can cause an array of health issues ranging from dermatitis, eczema, respiratory distress, and even hazardous to the reproductive system. To avoid slathering copious amounts of harmful toxins onto your skin, go for the unscented hand sanitizer types, and stay safe for real. There are tons of various options you can get from online stores.
Other toxins found in these bottles include parabens which are linked to various forms of cancer, immunotoxicity, skin irritation, and reproductive harm. Why would you want to harm yourself while trying to prevent a harmful virus?