Are Home-Made Sanitizers Safe?
There is no shortage of recipes on the internet that you can try for yourself. But it still begs the question: Are these home-made sanitizers safe.
For the most part, all of the recipes on the internet SHOULD be safe for the mass population. However, there are a variety of factors that go into making a hand sanitizing solution. Sometimes, a person might be allergic to a certain ingredient(s) or an error in mixing sanitizing solutions might result in a harmful substance. Of course, these are regular risks that need to be considered when planning to make your own hand sanitizers.
Not a lot of people realize that they can save money by making use of household items that they already own. Instead of going out to a store and buying cleaning solutions that are loaded with chemicals here are some that also serve as very effective disinfectants and cleaners.
- White Vinegar – a mix of acetic acid and water. These two-ingredients serves as a very powerful cleaner and disinfectant, while removing grease, mildew, stains, and wax buildup. It’s also a safer alternative to bleach when it comes to getting rid of bacteria on surfaces.
- Lemon – a great cleanser and disinfectant because of its citric acid properties. It’s especially powerful at neutralizing alkaline stains such as soap stains on bathroom and kitchen tiles. It’s also used to shine metals and sanitize non-porous materials. Lemon wedges can be used to clean hands of any dirt, oil, or food particles.
- Vodka – one of the most effective natural disinfectants that could be used. Very effective at removing odors and are great disinfectants for a variety of surfaces.
- Essential Oils – liquids distilled from plants and used for a variety of purposes. Each have their own distinctive properties that make them useful for all sorts of tasks. Some popular oils for disinfecting are; tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, cinnamon, oregano, lemon, peppermint, rosemary… the list can go to blends including a number of these oils.
We do not recommend rubbing alcohol as a disinfectant for use on your hands, because it is drying and can do more damage than good to your natural barrier, your skin. The first line of defense is always your skin so take care of it.
Of course, there are many options out there when sourcing natural ingredients to use for your disinfectants.
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Ryan is a foodie blogging for goairfryer.com He writes from Wyoming; where he lives with his wife, two daughters and an impatient golden retrieve