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Is Cleanliness Out of Hand?

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH

March 7th, 2021  |  12 Comments

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Joette Calabrese

There seems to be an ever-increasing list of things foisted on us. My team and I hear your frustrations almost every day.

Most recently, we’ve been receiving a lot of renewed questions about hand sanitizer. The use of sanitizer has gone from personal choice to de rigueur to mandated in some situations.

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness,” they say … but what happens when cleanliness gets out of hand? (Pardon the pun.)

As in-person classes reconvene, the biggest concern I’m hearing is for your children. You’ve expressed alarm regarding the over-the-top use of hand sanitizer in schools.

And well you should! Your child’s healthy flora might inadvertently become collateral damage as the chemical hand sanitizer assaults everything in its path. Who knows what’s in the hand sanitizer they are pushing at school?

Perhaps, more importantly, is the state of mind over-attention to cleanliness produces. OCD is a real, life-altering condition.

So, what do you do?

Are you able to send them to a different school — one more aligned with your philosophy? Are you able to homeschool them?

Those would be the optimal choices. But if you can’t, well, I have three suggestions. Just remember the letter “B.”

  1. Get Belligerent!

At least, that’s what I would do. As a parent, it’s your right to say, “NO! You are NOT putting that on my child!”

No one can impose a medical procedure on you or your child.

Know your rights! Hand sanitizer rules are guidelines. And guidelines are not laws. When was the last time you were in a Court of Guidelines? Probably never. So, don’t be hoodwinked that you must comply with guidelines.

I might suggest Ignatia for the school board, principal and teacher — and tell them to get a grip and calm down!

‘Just saying.

However, if your child is anything like my children were, they probably would rather avoid any conflicts in large groups. Once children are old enough to understand peer pressure, they embarrass easily, preferring to go with the flow.

Well, here’s a great teaching moment.

I’m not suggesting you pull out the old saw, “If everyone were to jump off a bridge, would you?” (Although, between you and me, it’s an apt comparison.)

However, if everyone else decides to destroy their skin, should you?


But let’s say you’re backed into a corner.

  1. Bring Your Own.

Safe and natural hand sanitizer can easily be made at home, making it possible to avoid the conflict altogether.

Politely say, “No, thank you. I have my own hand sanitizer.” Then, whip it out and spray it right in front of them.

Problem solved.

If you’re one of my Mighty Members, I’ll be sending you my recipe for hand sanitizer later in the week.

  1. Build Your Child’s Immune System.

Perhaps your child has already been using an inordinate amount of hand sanitizer before you realized it. I assume it goes without saying that should continue their healthy diet of good quality eggs, grass-fed beef and butter. But perhaps add some sauerkraut, locally sourced vegetables and limit the sugary junk food to help rebuild their gut flora.


Now, lest you think I’m vilifying all school personnel, let me add that our teachers can be casualties of these over-zealous school policies as well!

My office has received emails from teachers who are suffering adverse reactions such as cracked skin, and hives to the harsh sanitizing products their schools employ on a nearly hourly basis.

So (speaking of teaching moments), what can we do homeopathically about hives resulting from chemical sanitizers?

We do the same thing we do with hives resulting from other causes.

Don’t get caught up with the cause, believing you are doomed because you cannot escape the situation.

Regardless of the trigger, hives are best addressed with Apis 6C — every three hours during an acute attack, moving to twice daily as it becomes less severe.

(I teach this protocol — and many, many others — in my course Allergic?! Escape Allergies, Sensitivities, and Intolerances, with Homeopathy.)

So, coming full circle: Yes, cleanliness is next to Godliness, but even a good thing can be overdone!

Do not allow misguided (I’m being kind here) guidelines to throw you or your child’s God-given natural balance into a tailspin.

Say no if you can. If not, fight back with your homemade nutrient-dense food and homeopathy!

You’ll be the hero (and I’ll be your guide).


Joette Calabrese


P.S. Remember — all of my Mighties (Joette’s Mighty Members) qualify for a 10% discount on course purchases. If you need assistance getting your discount, email contact@practicalhomeopathy.com for more information.


I am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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12 thoughts on “Is Cleanliness Out of Hand?”

  1. Melanie Recine says:

    Before I can consider taking any of these products, I need to know if they interact with SSRI’s. I can’t seem to find that answer anywhere.

  2. Elvira says:

    Thankyou for this! I think most people are oblivious that there are chemicals in hand sanitizer. In the beginning of the C virus every store I entered had staff with a bottle of sanitizer ready to dispense. I went along with it for a short while when one day the smell was so overwhelming that I was reminded to think what is in this stuff? After that I made my own with colloidal silver and a drop of EO in a spray bottle to keep my purse.

  3. Laura says:

    Since I ditched hand sanitizers altogether (even my homemade essential oil version) my family and I have gotten sick much less often. And, relaxing on my cleanliness obsession has been beneficial to my whole family too!
    Thank you, Joette, for sharing your knowledge with us. It’s been a game changer for me!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      If given a chance, good sense prevails. (In some.)

  4. M says:

    Thanks so much for this! From the beginning, I felt that hand sanitizer was just another form of group think that people were blindly following.

  5. Susie Gerrells says:

    I took lycopodium 10m and then I felt so confident telling ppl off who were trying to force regulations!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      You’re hysterical, Suzie!

  6. K says:

    think its great you are looking into natural solutions! check her blog via her search bar. she covers so many topics. also check out gateway 1 and 2, they are great at learning the basics so you can make your own informed decision. good thing you are questioning these, and moving forward do this much research on everything someone “prescribes” to you.

  7. Eileen says:

    My son just got hives two days ago, we don’t have a clue from what. I was searching several resources including the facebook group. I couldn’t find a protocol listed for hives but most of the suggestions were saying to go up in potency, especially for apis. But in your experience going down to six is better? There is very little information out there of knowing when to go down in potency. I only know low potencies from the protocols you list, which are awesome. But if we don’t have a protocol, do you know where we could find information we could study to know how to choose a low potency or a high potency in varies things that come up, when we don’t have a protocol to follow?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      My online courses such as “Skin the Ugly Truth” but especially the “Allergic” course.
      I cover how to approach potencies if needed.

  8. Carolyn says:

    Joette, Would you mind posting your sanitizer recipe on Facebook as well as mighty members please? I would love it!

  9. Eileen,
    Many,lcluding kids have gotten hives and rashes after being vaccinated. Evidently an allergy to something in one or more of the chemicals. My granddaughters husband has had a bad case of hives twice, about 2 months apart! His 1st was very bad covering his whole upper body, front,back,and head. Pretty miserable.Went to Doctors, but didn’t get much relief. Took time!

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