Did you know the average hand sanitizer contains a volume of alcohol that is equivalent to a 120-130 proof alcoholic beverage? It’s no wonder the poison control center receives a large number of calls regarding ingestion of hand sanitizer by children each year. Symptoms of hand sanitizer ingestion often include nausea, vomiting, oral irritation and in more severe cases, decreased blood sugar, slurred speech, lethargy and difficulty walking. Many hand sanitizers contain other harmful ingredients as well. One of the leading brands of hand sanitizer was given a seven out of 10 score for toxicity (with 10 being the highest hazard) by the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database. According to Skin Deep, ingredients in this common hand sanitizer are linked to:
- Developmental/reproductive toxicity
- Endocrine disruption
- Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
- Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
To make matters worse, several of the ingredients were also labeled as contamination concerns, occupational hazards, and causing biochemical or cellular level changes.
Alcohol based hand sanitizers also dry out the skin, and when used frequently causes cracking which can actually provide an entryway for germs and bacteria, the very thing we are trying to avoid!
So what is a mom to do about keeping germs away in-between hand washes?
I recently discovered an alternative to toxic alcohol based hand sanitizers called Prefense that is poison free, alcohol free, safe for kids and best of all, stays active for up to 1o hand washings!
- Prefense is made of all-natural ingredients and has absolutely NO alcohol in it!
- Prefense is non-toxic, safe for kids and not harmful if swallowed!
- Prefense protects against staph, strep, E.coli, drug resistant MRSA strains, and more. Prefense technology protects you for 24 hours or 10 hand washings!
- Prefense is non-toxic,safe for kids and not harmful if swallowed!
- Prefense is silica based which means it doesn’t dry out your hands like traditional alcohol based sanitizers.
- Prefense contains soothing botanicals to prevent drying, redness and chapping.
Ingredients : Amosilq Silica Complex, water, vegetable glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betane, organic essential oils.
A little over a week ago I received a bottle of Prefense Hand Sanitizer to review just in time for the kidlets going back to school! It seems like every year when the kidlets return to school someone gets sick…and if you have a large family like we do, you know when one kidlet gets sick, it often gets passed around to everyone and can be weeks before everyone is healthy again. Having access to a safe hand sanitizer that keeps the kidlet’s hands germ free at school all day is truly a dream come true! Every morning the kidlets love to apply this “fun” foaming hand sanitizer from the easy to use pump bottle, and I love knowing they will be protected all day from staph, strep, E.coli, drug resistant MRSA strains and cold & flu viruses all day long.
As a busy mom, birth doula and childcare provider I have to keep my hands clean and germ free. When I first started using Prefense Hand Sanitizer my hands were cracked and sore from washing all the time. After just one week of using Prefense my hands feel soft again, even the Dear Husband noticed a difference!
I am so glad I found this product, and want to recommend it to everyone. I plan on purchasing a bottle of Prefense for each of my kidlet’s classrooms, our church nursery and one to put in the car so we always have a bottle close by.
Prefense is very affordable,“one spray lasts all day” and the 1.5 oz Prefense Foaming Hand Sanitizer offers 120 applications, costing only $.08 per day!
Win It! (Ended)
Prefense has also been generous enough to offer everyone a chance to win a big 8oz Prefense which offers 640 applications! With one spray lasting all day, that one bottle of Prefense could potentially last one user almost 2 years! The giveaway is open to U.S Residents only. The giveaway bottle of Prefense will be shipped directly to the winner.
Congratulations to entry #30 Dana Beeman, you are the winner of the Prefense Hand Sanitizer!
(Total Entries: 30 via Rafflecopter)
Disclosure: I was given a bottle of Prefense Hand Sanitizer to review. No other form of compensation was received for writing this review, all opinions are honest, and purely my own.
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