There are two types of hand sanitizers; one is antiseptic and the other is antibiotic. Both are different from each other as antiseptic hand sanitizers are alcohol-based and antibiotic sanitizers include an antibiotic compound that is called triclosan or triclocarban.

According to the US Food and Drug Administrations, triclocarban or triclosan can put people’s health at risk. Moreover, not only this ingredient can cause serious damage to one’s health but there are other chemicals as well that are used in the production process.

In this article, we are going to discuss the harmful effects of company-made hand sanitizers. We will also learn how to avoid them? And what is hand sanitizer made of?

Health Issues That Arise After Using Branded Hand Sanitizer

Once WHO declared the coronavirus threat has become a pandemic, everyone rushed to collect hand sanitizer bottles as many as they can. The reason was that these hand sanitizers could become a major weapon to fight against Covid-19, due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

However, Triclosan kills good bacteria as well along with bad bacteria. This can lead to bad bacteria to penetrate your skin and make you ill.

Hormonal Imbalance

Research by the FDA has concluded that triclosan can cause hormonal disruption as compounds could change the way hormones work. It was further confirmed through an animal study. However, further investigation is in the process as to how this imbalance can affect humans.

Weakens Your Immune System

The University of Michigan’s School of Public Health conducted a study and found that triclocarban is one of the main ingredients in antibiotic hand sanitizers that can result in a weaker immune system. A weak immune system can result in people becoming prone to allergies and other bacterial illnesses.

Moreover, the study also found that children and teens that had high triclosan levels were more susceptible to be diagnosed with fever and various allergies.

Toxic Chemicals Can Damage the Skin

Apart from the main ingredients, there are many other ingredients as well that are included while making hand sanitizer. If you use fragrant hand sanitizers, then know it may have harmful chemicals like phthalates that can disrupt the endocrine and may result in altering genital developments. Moreover, parabens are also included in hand sanitizers that can damage your skin depending on how sensitive it is.

If you want to avoid harmful side effects caused by these branded hand sanitizers, then make your hand sanitizer at home by yourself. If you don’t know the secret recipe, worry not because we have got you covered.

How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer?

You only need three major ingredients to make your homemade hand sanitizer. You’ll need:

Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol

Aloe Vera gel

Essential oil (tea tree oil, lavender oil, etc.) (Optional)

Directions to make your homemade hand sanitizer:

Pour two-thirds of rubbing alcohol in a clean container, then add one-third cup of Aloe Vera gel and stir it till both liquids blend completely. Lastly, add a few drops of essential oil to mask the smell of alcohol.

Different Hacks with Hand Sanitizer

Apart from using a hand sanitizer just as an alternative for hand washing, you can use it for multiple purposes. Here are a few hacks:

Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

Are you tired of washing your brushes repeatedly? Well, from now on, use a hand sanitizer to clean up your make-up brushes. Moreover, switching to hand sanitizer for cleaning up your brush will increase its life.

Remove Pen Marks

Don’t worry about removing those ballpoint marks on your hand. Simply apply hand sanitizer to the areas where there are pen marks and clean it with a clean cloth.

Reduce itchiness from insect Bites

An insect bite or mosquito bite can cause itchiness, which can drive any sane person mad. However, with the use of hand sanitizer on the bitten area, you can instantly remove itchiness. Moreover, it will also prevent inflammation or bumps.

Remove Sticker Stains from Glass

It gets annoying when you remove a sticker from the glass, but it leaves stains. If you remove it with your nails, then stop right there. Because you can do it more quickly. All you have to do is apply hand sanitizer to the glass and then gently rub the cloth over it.


In this article, we have covered how both types of sanitizers are made, and what are their drawbacks? We have also given you the recipe for a homemade hand sanitizer that is safe to use without any side effects. Apart from this, we have given you some life-saving hacks using hand sanitizers that can make your life easy.