Swap Out: Hand Sanitizer

//Swap Out: Hand Sanitizer

Good ‘ole soap and water does wonders for cleaning away germs, but sometimes there just isn’t any soap and water in sight!  So what do you do with grimy little hands?  If you are like most, you reach for your convenient little bottle of hand sanitizer to wash those germs away.  But are you washing more than just germs away?  Let’s look at what is actually in that tiny 2 oz. bottle!


First of all, most hand sanitizers have a great deal of alcohol in them.  I’ve even read that children have been hospitalized for alcohol poisoning from them!  Purell and Germ-X contain 62% ethyl alcohol, a little 2 oz. bottle = 4 shots of vodka!


Secondly, triclosan is an anti-bacterial ingredient used not only in hand sanitizers but also in a lot of personal care products.  According to the EWG, it is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and low levels of triclosan may disrupt thyroid function. Wastewater treatment does not remove all of the chemical, which means it ends up in our lakes, rivers and water sources.


There are currently petitions being laid before the FDA to remove triclosan from the market, which is one of the key ingredients in Antibacterial Hand Sanitizers.  Petitioners make six basic claims about the dangers of triclosan:


  1. Triclosan doesn’t work in consumer products.
  2. Triclosan’s widespread use increases the chances of harmful bacteria becoming resistant to the drug.
  3. Triclosan builds up in the body.
  4. Triclosan may disrupt human hormones.
  5. Triclosan can react with other chemicals to form dioxin and chloroform, which are known to be toxic.
  6. Triclosan contaminates water, affecting marine wildlife and ecosystems.


It’s useful to remember that triclosan, like other pesticides, is a poison. If it can affect bacteria, it can affect other things too. The problem is you can not control what it is affecting!


Skin is the largest organ of the body. Whatever you put on it will be immediately absorbed withing 5 seconds. Triclosan is linked with liver damage so as it is absorbed through the skin it goes straight for the liver!




Swap your regular hand sanitizer for Shaklee Basic G and Basic H2.


We make our own hand sanitizer out of a few drops of Shaklee Basic H2 and a few drops of Shaklee Basic G (Germicide).  All it takes is a few drops to a bottle of water and you are good to go!  Choose any squeeze bottle you want or fill up a hand soap dispenser for around your house. (Solution is 1/4 tsp. Basic H2 + 4 drops of Basic G to a Hand Dispenser full of water).

Both of these products are non-toxic so they won’t harm you, yet they are powerful on germs!  Shaklee Basic G has been proven in studies to kill more pathogens than Chlorine bleach and whereas bleach only last 1 hour after an application, Basic G last 3 days!

Furthermore, both of these products are highly concentrated, so if you get them to replace your hand sanitizer, you can also replace all of your household cleaning products!  These 2 products will take the place of everything in your home and will make your home a non-toxic home! Make the Swap today and save your health!

One 16 ounce bottle of Basic H2 makes 48 gallons of All-Purpose Cleaner and 1 Quart of Basic G make 64 gallons of Disinfectant.


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  • I’m so excited to do this. I use the H2 at home and love it! I just ordered the Basic G to make my own sanitizer. I was just thinking about the alcohol smell as I put sanitizer on the kids after a Costco trip yesterday.

    Kerry Lopez 30.11.2009
  • Keep posting stuff like this i really like it.

    forex robot 02.12.2009
  • I just made this hand sanitizer and blogged about it. Thanks for the “recipe”!

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    Searching your blog for hand-washing…and, this is what I found. I’ve washed my hands with BasicH after working on the furnace (nasty heating oil all over my hands)…it comes right off.

    We never thought to mix BasicH & G as a hand-sanitizer….


    Chris 07.03.2013
  • Hey! Great idea to swap out the hand sanitizer with Basic H and Basic G. I will definitely be making a batch of this soon! Thank you!

    Sonia 06.02.2014
    • Thanks Sonia! Let me know how it goes for you!

      njadmin 11.02.2014
  • love these ideas. Slowly replacing so many things in my house with Shaklee. Feel so much better about having them around my kids.

    Cindy 16.04.2014
    • That’s awesome Cindy! Keep it up! It has been life-changing for our family to use Shaklee products.

      njadmin 08.05.2014
  • I would love to do this and it sounds great; but I heard through the corporate office that if you mix both Basic G and Basic H2, the new mixture become non-effective. Can you please tell me what you have discovered?

    Suzanne 23.08.2014
    • Suzanne I will find out! We still do this but I’ll check into it for you. Let me know if you hear first! 🙂

      Jenni Oates 03.09.2014

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