Many hand soaps and sanitizers contain chemicals that may be harmful to your health. For example, triclosan is one such additive used to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. This product has been linked to endocrine system abnormalities, such a thyroid dysfunction, weakened immune systems and possibly making bacteria more resistant to antibiotics. Parabens are preservatives used in many health and beauty products, such as hand soaps and sanitizers. These chemicals have estrogen-like properties and may be linked to breast cancer.
However, you are probably well aware of the importance of washing and sanitizing your hands. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, scientific reports germs living on peoples’ hands transmit as many as 80 percent of all infections. Ceasing to wash or sanitize your hands is not an option. Using chemical free hand soaps and sanitizers is.
CleanWell is a company that offers natural, chemical free hand soaps and sanitizers. CleanWell products are the brainchild of the family of a little boy named Conor who was born with an immune system disorder. Conor’s family set out to come up with a formula that would kill germs without introducing toxins into their home. With the help of Conor’s grandmother, who is an aromacologist, and a team of environmental microbiologists, the CleanWell product line was born.
CleanWell chemical free hand soaps and sanitizers come in custom scents such as spearmint lime and ginger bergamot. Both the hand soaps and sanitizers have been proven to kill 99.9 percent of germs without alcohol, triclosan, other potentially harmful chemicals and preservatives or artificial colors.
The plants used for CleanWell’s chemical free hand soaps and sanitizers are sustainably grown and rapidly renewable. Their products, including the sanitizing hand wipes, are completely biodegradable as well. In addition, CleanWell products are never tested on animals.
CleanWell’s chemical free hand soaps and sanitizers come in attractive packaging with bright, cheery colors that will complement most any décor. The products have robust fragrances that are clean, fresh and pleasant. The soaps come in a pump bottle and dispenses as rich foam. The sanitizers tested for this article were one-ounce sprays with attached lids, which are ideal to carry in your purse or pocket. They are also available as foam in a pump bottle, just right for your desktop, and wipes to tuck into backpacks or lunch boxes.
As someone who frequently washes and sanitizer her hands, I found the chemical free hand soaps and sanitizers much gentler on my skin than typical liquid hand soaps and alcohol-based sanitizers. My daughter began using the chemical free soaps to clean her face and experienced fewer breakouts without the dry skin caused by some facial cleansers. While these chemical free hand soaps and sanitizers are not advertised for such use, it makes sense that the botanical compounds and lack of harsh chemicals would be beneficial to sensitive facial skin.
CleanWell’s chemical free hand soaps and sanitizers are probably available where you already shop. You can
find them at convenient local retailers, such as Target, Whole Foods and Wegmans, or shop online. The products are affordable, as well, starting at around $3 for the sanitizers and $5 for an eight-ounce bottle (600+ applications) of hand soap.
If you want to avoid passing along harmful infections without subjecting your family to potentially dangerous substances, I highly recommend that you try these chemical free hand soaps and sanitizers.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Put Your Hands Together
Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University: Triclosan
U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Triclosan: What Consumers Should Know and Parabens