Where's the hand sanitzer?! Get the bleach wipes!! The flu is in our house! We have to protect ourselves and clean this junk out!!
I don't know about you, but when I hear about so many of my friends' families getting the stomach bug and even mama going down with the ship, it makes me want to lock our doors and crawl into our cave to hide from the doom outside. Many moms turn to antibactieral hand sanitizers during these times of sickness to attempt to stop it from quickly spreading. But did you know that many risks are associated with using these types of cleaning agents? Read on to find out more.
A simple Google search turned up information from Livestrong. You may have heard this information on the news also. We have good and bad bacteria in our bodies. From birth, our guts rely on good bacteria to keep us healthy and reduce inflammation in our bodies. The triclosan or triclocarban agents found in handsanitizers can be an indirect cause of early puberty onset. Studies have shown that it can enhance testosterone.
Another frightening ingredient in handsanitizers is ethyl and/or isopropyl alcohol which is known to cause damage to children after they have consumed it (why are kids so weird?!) I guess some of these handsanitizers do smell a little nice, and those little floating balls may look appealing to some. Hey! Why not try it?! According to the CDC, isopropyl alcohol should not come into contact with the skin, and it is highly flammable. It can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, & throat; drowsiness, dizziness, headache; dry cracking skin; & in animals: narcosis. Uh, yeah. Not something I want to be dowsing my children in.
An essential oil protective blend with clove, cinnamon, and other oils is the safe and effective natural alternative I use for my family. It comes in so many forms including the potent essential oil, foaming hand wash, laundry detergent, concentrated cleaner, throat losanges, travel-size beadlets, toothpaste, and softgels. It's incredibly high on the ORAC scale in antioxidants with clove as one of the main ingredients. It fights free radicals in the body and is scientifically proven to kill even the toughest of diseases such as H1N1 and MRSA.
These products are safe for the environment and the whole family, and as a mom I feel confident using them when some kind of YUCK is attacking my family!