Hand sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer gel have taken the place of soap and water for so many people. It’s too easy to grab a $1 bottle at the store, throw in your bag and pull it out every time you need to wash up.
But, hand sanitizers can do more harm than good by killing off the good bacteria on your hands and not really getting rid of the grime and yuk on your hands. So, soap and water is always your best bet!
The best way to get your hands clean is to make sure you’re washing your hands thoroughly – about 24 seconds- or as long as it takes you to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. Easy enough!
But, what do you do if you can’t get to soap and water? Leave your hands all yucky? No way! None of us are going to do that – so having something on hand to kill germs is better than nothing.
That’s why hand sanitizing products are so popular! Instead of reaching for the alcohol and chemical-laden bottles from the store – chose a more natural and healthy, make at home option!
How to Make DIY All-Natural Hand Sanitizer
My favorite essential oil is the base of my hand sanitizer. Young Living’s Thieves or Purification is my oil of choice for this recipe – but any purifying oil would do! (melaleuca, tea tree oil, etc..)
All you need for this DIY Hand Sanitizer is:
Purifying Essential Oil of choice
Small plastic bottle – to hold the hand sanitizer in
You should be able to find the ingredients at any health food store, Amazon or even Target.
Also, you should be able to make this recipe several times before having to buy more! Very economical!
- 5 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
- 4 Tablespoon Water
- 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- 8-10 drops Young Living's Thieves essential oil
- Small Squeeze Container
- In a bowl, combine aloe and vitamin E oil.
- Add essential oil and mix.
- Add water and mix well to combine.
- Add more if you need to for the consistency you'd like.
- Place in small squeeze containers.
That’s it! Make up a couple of bottles for your diaper bag, purse, and the kid’s backpacks! My kids love that Mom made it for them and the kids at school always talk about how good they smell, too! Score!
Check back next week when I share my recipe for Homemade Cleansing Wipes – similar to my Homemade Diaper Wipes but a little different! But, in the meantime whip up your own DIY Hand Sanitizer and be one more step closer to a healthier life!
Want to learn more about this recipe and others? Check out my book – Essential Oils for a Clean and Healthy Home!
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