Natural hand sanitisers vs commercial

Date Posted:26 May 2019 

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. A natural hand sanitiser gel is a great travel option, particularly for busy mums changing nappies on the go. For the kitchen, bathroom or nursery, a natural hand sanitiser pump is the most convenient option. Hand sanitiser baby options need to be considered carefully for safe ingredients.


Are hand sanitisers safe to use?

Commercial hand sanitisers do contain some chemicals, and frequent use of chemicals on the skin can have a negative impact on long term health, disrupting the endocrine system leading to hormonal imbalances. Constantly wiping out all the natural flora on the skin may also have a negative impact on 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 water and soap is still preferable particularly if there is visible muck on your hands. Washing hands with soap and water 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. If you are wanting to use a hand sanitiser for babies, choosing natural and alcohol free is the best option. Look for a natural hand sanitiser no alcohol label.


​Why is triclosan prohibited in US hand sanitisers?

Triclosan is an anti-bacterial 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 sanitisers




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