Germs are everywhere: door handles, your phone, your desk, the crosswalk button, your steering wheel, quite literally everywhere. Your hands (and thus your phone screen) become a hub for germs and hand sanitizer is an ideal way to rid germs conveniently and prevent you from getting yourself and those around you sick.
In a 2017 study, researchers swabbed $1 bills from a bank and discovered hundreds of species of microorganisms living on them.1 Additional research has found pathogens such as E. coli, salmonella and staphylococcus aureus on paper money, which all can and often do lead to serious illness.2 Does reading this make you want to wash your hands? Because writing it certainly made me want to. After handling cash, it’s crucial to clean your hands, especially if you’re about to consume food shortly afterwards.
Follow this recipe (or another recipe (there are many online)) to make a terpene-infused germ-killing, disease preventing hand sanitizer of your own:
- 1/2 cup aloe vera gel (pure aloe vera, not green, is best)
- 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1 tablespoon nourishing oil (vitamin e, jojoba, sweet almond)
- 15 drops of your preferred essential oils (click here for good scents)
Mix the solution together in a clean squeeze bottle and adjust the amount of rubbing alcohol to achieve your desired consistency. Shake well and use often.
1 - Abrams, Abigail. "Here's How Dirty Your Money Really Is." Time, time.com/4918626/
money-germs-microbes-dirty/.2 - "Paper money and coins as potential vectors of transmissible disease." US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, NCBI, 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24571076.