Best non-toxic hand sanitizers that kill Coronavirus

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Hand sanitizers have become a much needed quality of life and health item. The CDC requires that a hand sanitzier must have at least 60% alcohol in it to effectively kill the Coronavirus. There are many types of hand sanitizers that work, as well as many that are bad for you and the environment. It's important to use it when you don't have access to soap and water, but making sure you are doing it safely. Here are are few tibits to keep in mind when it comes to using a good non-toxic hand sanitizer.

Safe ingredients that work are what makes a hand sanitizer better than others.

  • The key ingredient in a hand sanitizer is ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol. The CDC says in order to kill the Coronavirus, it must have at least 60% ethyl alcohol. This effectively neutralizes Coronavirus ,and other germs and bacteria, when applied and left to dry. 
  • Other safe ingredients include water, aloe, glycerin, carbomer (thickening agent usually found in hand sanitizing gels), panthenol (a skin moisturizer), and plant essences like lavender.

Ingredients to avoid in a hand sanitizer.

  • Methanol / Methyl Alcohol  / Wood Alcohol. It's toxic. Primarily made from natural gas or coal. There are as many as 130 brands that contain methanol to stay way from. It's flammable. It's toxic to ingest and inhale. It can cause inrreversible injury to the nervous system, blindness and even death .Symptoms from exposure can include headache, weakness, drowsiness,nausea, difficult breathing, blurred vision and loss of consciousness. 
  • Avoid Triclosan, an antibacterial agent that can lead to antibiotic resistance. It's toxic to fish and frogs when it washes in our water ways. 
  • Avoid Synthetic Fragrance that can cause allergic reactions such as sneezing, headaches and flu-like symptoms.
  • Avoid Parabens and Phthalates that are linked to hormone disruption.
  • Avoid most dyes and synthetic colors.

Beware of misleading claims and packaging.

  • "FDA -approved" - NO hand sanitizers are approved by the FDA. Avoid products that are marked this way. 
  • "Chemical-Free" - Nothing on earth is chemical-free.  Everything is made up of chemical compounds. Some are safe and others make you sick. Don't let 'chemicl-free' make your decision.
  • Avoid products packaged as drinks and candy. Hand sanitizers should never be consumed. Keep them out of reach of kiddos.

Do NOT drink hand sanitizer! Do remember to buy the largest dispenser of non-toxic hand sanitizer. You can refill your little bottles. Make a conscious effort to reuse and recycle the bottles. Try to avoid adding to the hand sanitizer waste that's buidling up.