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Natural hand sanitisers vs commercial

Date Posted:28 January 2022 

Natural hand sanitisers are just as effective as commercial brands in killing nasty bacteria, but there are many benefits to using a natural-based product. Commercial hand sanitisers often contain added chemicals, synthetic fragrances, colours and dyes. Along with causing adverse health effects, commercial sanitisers may cause skin reactions in sensitive or eczema prone skin. Use our guide to find the best natural hand sanitiser for you.


Why is hand sanitizer so bad?

Commercial hand sanitisers often contain harsh chemicals, and frequent use of chemicals on the skin can have a negative impact on long term health. The frequent use of harsh chemicals can disrupt the endocrine system, leading to hormonal imbalances. The constant use of conventional hand sanitiser can also wipe out the natural flora on the skin, which can disrupt and negatively impact the body’s healthy microbiome. An imbalanced microflora both externally and internally can increase the risk of skin conditions, a weakened immune system and digestive upset. Using a natural hand sanitiser is a better option for daily use.


Do hand sanitisers kill viruses?

Alcohol-based hand sanitisers that are at least 60% ethanol are effective in killing bacteria, fungi and viruses. Certainly, hand sanitisers are much quicker and easier than hand washing, which is why they are preferred in public places such as hospitals and doctors rooms. However, good old fashioned hand wash is still preferable particularly if there is visible muck on your hands. Washing hands with a natural hand wash is also the only way to rid bacteria such as E.coli and clostridia (bacteria that may be present after using the bathroom).

Should you choose alcohol free sanitiser?

While effective at killing germs quickly, alcohol-based hand sanitisers do tend to dry out the skin. If you suffer from dry skin, or dry skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis, an alcohol-free sanitiser may be a better option for daily use. Essential oils such as lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus are fantastic anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents often used in natural hand sanitisers. A hand sanitiser spray consisting of essential oils is a perfect alternative to keep in the home. A compact hand sanitiser spray is also great for carrying with you on the go, to keep you safe out and about.


Why is triclosan prohibited in US hand sanitisers?

Triclosan is an antibacterial agent that was actually banned by the FDA for use in hospital-grade hand sanitisers due to the limited research on its safety. Hand sanitiser facts and studies revealed that triclosan negatively impacts the endocrine system along with weakening the immune system. It was also shown that children who were exposed to anti-bacterial agents at an early age were more likely to develop allergies, eczema and asthma. To be certain triclosan is not present, make sure to read the hand sanitiser ingredients. Unfortunately, triclosan is not banned in Australia and despite the studies from America, it is still widely used in Australian supermarket hand sanitisers. Given our knowledge about the effects of triclosan, Sassy Organics is committed to only stocking triclosan free hand sanitiser

Which brand sanitizer is best?

When choosing a natural hand sanitiser, there are a few ingredients and brands to look out for. Some of the most effective and popular sanitising ingredients include tea tree, lavender and eucalyptus. A natural hand sanitiser will also often use a natural plant-based and organic source of ethanol that’s non-drying. Try and look for a hand sanitiser that contains plant oils and natural glycerine as this will help nourish and replenish moisture on the skin, while killing bacteria and germs. Koala Eco, Biody and Koala Eco are some of our favourite brands for natural hand sanitising options.

The most common formula you’ll find is a hand sanitiser gel. A hand sanitiser gel is a great option as it’s easy to use and effective at getting all the crevices of the palm and fingers. We love the Koala Eco hand sanitiser gel as it’s plant-based and 100% biodegradable. Are you a parent looking for natural hand sanitisers and wipes? It’s true that every baby bag will need hand sanitisers and wipes to keep the little ones clean and germ-free. We can always recommend the Wotnot baby wipes range and the Jack N’ Jill anti bacterial hand sanitiser range for kids. The last important step in any hand care routine is a hand cream. With the pandemic continuing, we’ll all washing and sanitising our hands more than ever. Hand cream is essential to restoring and retaining moisture on your skin. If you’d like to give the gift of good hand hygiene and care, we can recommend the Koala Eco hand cream, and hand wash gift sets. These also look great together next to the bathroom or kitchen sink.