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Why Antibacterial Products May Be Bad For Your Health

By Fredrica Syren

It’s been one tough flu and cold season, and my family surely have suffered this year with many colds as well as the flu. It just came to a point when I felt my children were sick on and off every week, and finally I felt as if everyone and everything were possible health hazards for them.  We’re all so exposed when we go to a public place and touch things. I almost wanted to spray my whole family with antibacterial spray and smear antibacterial gel all over them before leaving the house.

antibacterial-products leftMany people rely on these antibacterial products to protect themselves and their families, so before exposing your loved ones to them, it’s important to know what’s in these products and why they can cause more harm than help.

· Antibacterial products contain toxins such as triclosan and dioxins, cancer causing agents that also threaten our rivers and lakes when we wash our hands, thereby sending them down the drain to pollute our environment. They are extremely harmful to our health and that of wild life.

· Antibacterial products also kill good bacteria and cause you as much harm as protection.

· The products cause bacterial resistance to antibiotics, super bugs and some strains of staph.

So what can you do to protect yourself and your family? There are options to protect your family without toxins.

· Wash hands often with warm water and natural soap.

· Boost your immune system naturally by take a good quality probiotic, and consider eating and drinking foods such as yogurt, sauerkrauts and kombucha that contain natural probiotics.

Make your own toxic-free cleansing hand gel and spray. Sourcehttp://generationgreen.org/2011/04/eco-tip-triclosan-free-alternatives/

Liquid Hand Cleaning Spray:

  • 2 parts organic aloe gel (not juice)
  • 1 part distilled water
  • 1 part grain alcohol — vodka (avoid isopropyl to eliminate the clinical alcohol smell)
  • 4-5 drops tea tree oil or essential oil of choice (so it’s not too drying)

Mix ingredients in a bowl and pour into a small vile or empty, reused spray container of your choice. (You can find small, travel sized containers in the travel section at a local drugstore.) You can carry it with you in your bag or purse for on-the-go use, or keep it by your desk or kitchen sink for after working/cleaning spritzes.

Hand Cleaning Gel:hand-cleaner-two

Try this recipe for a gel that uses vegetable glycerin to make a texture similar to the consistency of commercial antibacterial gels you can buy at a drugstore.

Combine the following ingredients in a container or bowl:

  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 1/4 cup pure organic aloe vera gel
  • 1 tsp. vegetable glycerin (found at natural health food stores, or you can order it easily online)
  • 1 tsp. grain alcohol
  • Add 8-10 drops of organic tea tree oil, or an essential oil of your choice.

Then add to a travel sized tube or squeeze bottle, and go!

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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