Purell Hand Sanitizer is becoming a staple in households,
health care facilities, women's purses, Mom's diaper bags,
and men's briefcases.
Many people are unaware of the downside of using Purell.
Here are five reasons to not use Purell Hand Sanitizer and
to consider a safer and natural alternative:
1 - Purell is poisonous if ingested. Isopropanol is
used to denature the ethanol in Purell and isopropanol
2 - If Purell is ingested either accidentally or
intentionally, alcohol poisoning can result. Two ounces
of Purell is equivalent to four shots of vodka - it has
62% alcohol in it.
3 - The New England Journal of Medicine published
information on the dangers of ingesting hand sanitizers
(The New England Journal of Medicine, Feb. 1, 2007; vol
356: pp 529-530.)
4 - Purell kills all of the bacteria on the skin. It
is not healthy to kill all of the bacteria on the skin.
Some bacteria help fight the bad bacteria, viruses, and
fungus that can make people sick. Not all bacteria are
By eliminating all of the bacteria - our skin is more
"naked" than it already is - with lowered protection and
5 - Purell can be drying to the skin. It removes all
of the natural oil on the skin and can dry it out.
So what are the alternatives if we want to have a
healthy, natural and portable waterless way to clean our
hands on the run?
A new product just on the market -
Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier!
Young Living Essential Oil company just came out with
this on their Thieves product line. Thieves essential oil
blend was tested at Weber State University and found to be
over 98% effective against microbes!
The Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier has the
Thieves blend of essential oils along with aloe and
vegetable glycerin and uses peppermint for the denaturing
Using this feels like you are putting on a silk glove - and,
in fact, it does offer an "invisible" glove of protection.
It does not kill all bacteria on the skin, and remember – we
don't want it to!
The wisdom of nature in these essential oils inherently
knows how to get rid of the harmful bacteria and other
microbes and it respects and leaves the good bacteria on the
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