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  • Writer's pictureRhonda Massad

Hand Sanitizers, are they making you sick?

Dry chapped hands have become part of our world wide pandemic experience. I suffer from extremely sensitive skin and suffer from the drying agents in the hand sanitizers provided in public establishments. I have listed some "healthier" choices here. My favourite being Dr. Bronner's organic.

According to the American Association of Poison Control Center reported, in early five months of 2020, 9504 alcoholic hand sanitizer exposure cases in children under the age of 12 years and recognized that even a small amount of alcohol can cause alcohol poisoning in children that is responsible for confusion, vomiting and drowsiness, and in severe cases, respiratory arrest and death. Furthermore, frequent usage of said hand sanitizers has reported increased chance of antimicrobial resistance and chance of other viral diseases.

While there does not seem to be an end in sight, I have tried these organic and environmentally friendly choices in an effort to stay as healthy as possible. For those with skin issues these suggestions may be of help.


Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer kills germs with a simple formula: organic ethyl alcohol, water, organic lavender oil, and organic glycerin—that’s it! None of the nasty chemicals you find in conventional sanitizers, but just as effective. This Organic Hand Sanitizer is perfect for using on the go, on your little ones’ sticky hands and faces, even as an air freshener or deodorant. Sanitize with a clean conscience. Vegan, organic, fair-trade, and not tested on animals. All-One!

  • PHYTOFAB Spray Sanitizes surfaces and hands! Authorized by Health Canada - NPN: 80101892 and is made in Canada!

  • Contains 70% ethyl alcohol and valuable botanical extracts

Use it everywhere! The tiny design bottle fits in your bag, pocket or car, so you can stay safe everywhere.

  • Dries quickly and does not stick: only one drop of our disinfectant is enough to sanitize your hands and it will leave a pleasant and fruity scent on your hands

  • Keep your hands soft: tired of having dry hands? Phytofab sanitizing is also a moisturizer! It’s your perfect companion for Canadian winters.

  • Made in Quebec

EWG Verified, Vegan & Cruelty-Free Olive Leaves

  • Attitude hand sanitizer spray that does not dry out your skin: This natural hand sanitizer comes in a convenient spray format, it dries quickly & leaves your hands feeling soft & moisturized

  • Ewg (Environmental Working Group) VERIFIED hand sanitizer: this safe & effective hand sanitizer proudly Bears the EWG VERIFIED seal of approval; its gentle formula is free of harmful chemicals while being mild on hands

  • Hypoallergenic hand sanitizer: because they care about the most sensitive skins too! Attitude hand Sanitizing spray is hypoallergenic and non-irritating for your skin

  • Lovely scent: enriched with olive leaf extract, known for its antioxidant, hydrating & firming properties; this Sanitizing spray features a subtle aroma that reminds us of pear and ginger

  • Vegan & cruelty-free hand sanitizer: this natural hand sanitizer is free of animal derived ingredients, it is proudly vegan & cruelty-free because these products are never tested on animals

  • NON-ALCOHOLIC HAND SANITIZER GEL - Alcohol-free hand sanitizer safely disinfects with 0.15% benzethonium chloride and kills 99.9% of harmful germs and bacteria

  • ALOE CONDITIONING & FRAGRANCE - Infused with aloe vera to maintain skin's natural moisture barrier. Never leaves your hands feeling tight or stripped; and will naturally cleanse, purify and protect your skin against harmful elements without harmful chemicals that may irritate your skin

  • GENTLE ON SENSITIVE SKIN - Pure natural ingredients deeply nourish skin. Free from the harshest synthetic chemicals.

  • DIRECTIONS FOR USE - Apply a palmful of EcoLogical hand sanitizer and cover all surfaces of the hands. Gently rub your hands until dry. Repeat if necessary

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