Why Homemade Hand Sanitizer is Not Safe
by Erin Fabio on Jan 07, 2021
In 2020, fractured supply chains left many people scouring their cabinets for ingredients to make homemade hand sanitizer. If you’re still relying on your kitchen concoction to fight COVID germs, you will want to think twice as it’s been proven to be less effective in fighting germs and more dangerous than FDA-approved hand sanitizers.
While there are many risks involved with homemade hand sanitizer, the biggest hazard is you may be relying on ingredients with no actual germ-fighting effect. Non-alcohol based hand sanitizers often use essential oils, like tea tree oil, to kill germs. Unfortunately, these ingredients alone will not kill viruses, or other household germs.
Brewing up an at-home alcohol-based sani isn’t any better, either. Compounding harsh chemicals in a makeshift workspace can lead to skin irritation, injury, burns, and harmful fume inhalation. Another red flag? Ethanol and isopropyl alcohol, the main ingredients in homemade hand sanitizers, are extremely flammable and require production facilities to be air conditioned and free of any flames. Sorry, luv, but we’d bet your kitchen table isn’t up to code.
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