Since we are smack dab in the middle of flu season…I think we are all more mindful of how important it is to wash our hands….OFTEN! I personally love my homemade foaming hand soap that I keep at the sink, and use it OFTEN. But soap and water hand washing isn’t always possible. In those circumstances, a hand sanitizer is a good alternative.
If you’re like me, you are constantly buying those little bottles at the checkout stand at the grocery store and tucking them in your purse. But since they are so small and don’t last long….you are also constantly throwing the plastic bottle away and buying another one.
This is where the homemade version makes so much sense. You control the ingredients AND the plastic that you throw away.
Most “recipes” you find online will be some combination of alcohol and aloe vera gel…but I recently ran across an online article about a pediatrician in New Jersey who recommends hand sanitizer utilizing essential oils INSTEAD of alcohol because of their anti-bacterial properties and because bacteria can become immune to alcohol-based sanitizers.
So I decided to try this ALL-NATURAL version and have LOVED it. It is much less drying on my hands than the alcohol kind and smells so clean and fresh.
Alcohol-Free Homemade Hand Sanitizer
- 6 oz. of water
- 2 Tbsp of Aloe Vera Gel
- 10 drops each of rosemary, cinnamon, eucalyptus & clove bud essential oil
- 20 drops of either lemon, wild orange or grapefruit essential oil – pick your favorite.
This combination of essential oils is based on the mythical “Thieves” blend of essential oils that has been used for centuries for its’ anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
Start with a recycled hand sanitizer bottle or liquid soap bottle. Add the water, aloe vera gel, and all of the essential oils. Put the top of the bottle and shake well.
To use: Pump, squeeze, or spray a small amount of the sanitizer onto your hands and rub hands together. Repeat as needed.
When soap and water aren’t available, mix yourself up a batch of this sweet-smelling natural spray and you’re good to go.