Do we need to kill ALL bacterias?
We all develop a paranoia at the thought of living with a germ. Toxic products companies quickly understood this new market by producing formula that kill 99.9% of germs but what are the risks associated with this ultra cleanness?
Commercial hand sanitizers may kill 99.9% of bacteria, but they kill 0% of the flu. The flu is a virus that doesn’t respond to antibiotics or sanitizers.
Antibacterial soaps and cleaners often contain Triclosan that is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity. Even low levels of Triclosan may disrupt thyroid function. Wastewater treatment does not remove all of the chemical, sending it into lakes, rivers and water sources, where it is very toxic to aquatic life.
Interestingly, children who grow up in an ultra sterile environment have higher rates of allergies and asthma. A study published in 2012 in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology demonstrated that Amish children who grew up on farms in northern Indiana had significantly lower rates of allergies than children who did not grow up on a farm (5.2% vs 11.3%).
Here i'm not saying that we need to give up cleaning but we just need to be more careful in our choice and look carefully at the ingredients.
Here is a recipe that i like and that make me guilt free to use with my kids.
- Mix the essential oils and vitamin E oil in a small glass bowl.
- Add the rubbing alcohol or water to the oils and gently mix.
- Put the aloe vera gel in a bowl and add the oils. Mix well.
- Poor in small spray bottles (make 2-3 small bottles)
- Shake gently before use.
***Use amber or blue glass bottles to preserve the essential oils benefits!
Try and let me know!