5 Mistakes to Avoid with Sanitizer
- Use too little
Apply enough to rub onto both sides of your hands, thumbs, between fingers and even under finger nails. Use a small brush or old toothbrush for nail cleaning.
- Don’t let it dry
Rub sanitizer on hands until it dries. Only then is it considered effective. If still wet, it can collect dirt and germs.
- Hand washing substitute
Hand sanitizer is only a substitute for hand washing if no water is available. Whenever possible, wash your hands with soap thoroughly for 20 seconds.
- Insufficient alcohol
Be sure hand sanitizer has at least 60% alcohol per the CDC and FDA. DIY hand sanitizers can be risky. Use a trusted brand to ensure it's safe and effective.
- Has “fragrance”
The term “fragrance” often involves chemicals. Stick to essential oil scents which are natural.
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It’s helpful to know what is in your hand sanitizer, especially since you apply to so frequently and it soaks into your skin. Below are the ingredients in the H. Honeycup plant based spray.
- Alcohol Denatured
This plant based ethyl alcohol (ethanol) is a powerful cleaning agent. Denatured means it’s treated so it’s not suitable for drinking. The CDC recommends a minimum of 60% alcohol for sanitizer when hand washing isn’t possible. This has 70%.
Don’t be fooled by the statement “all natural”
Many brands have been suspected of “greenwashing”. Since it’s becoming more important for many consumers to choose products that are healthy, brands have become clever in their marketing.
There is no official definition of “natural” skincare so be careful of these claims. Remember, the label reveals the true ingredients so always review the label. Ingredients are listed in descending order of concentration.
I used to be focused on the facts: black and white. Then after my corporate career, I discovered lots of other beautiful colors. The yellow that peace of mind can bring. The orange of relaxed confidence. All brought out through a commitment to self-care.
I really wanted to help other women get excited about self-care by treating their bodies with respect. It needed to be something you could see AND feel. There were more colors out there for everyone to explore. You could close your eyes, smell and touch something beautiful. A guilt-free way to feel good about yourself. It was so simple and I knew everyone could do it!