Since we already seem to be entering cold and flu season (at least here in our house!) I’m reminded of how important it is to keep our hands clean! I personally love my homemade antibacterial foaming hand soap that I keep at the sink, and I use it often. But when you’re out and about, washing your hands with soap and water isn’t always possible. In those situations, a hand sanitizer is a good alternative!
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Those little bottles of hand sanitizer at the grocery store checkout stand are convenient, but they’re pretty small and don’t last very long. Before you know it, you’re throwing away the little plastic bottle and buying another one! So I wanted to come up with a homemade hand sanitizer that I could make and use to refill one small bottle as needed, and reduce that unnecessary waste. And not only does this homemade version reduce waste, it also allows me to control the ingredients that go into it.
So I started doing my research. I quickly found out that most “recipes” online involve a combination of alcohol and aloe vera gel. But then I came across an article by a pediatrician in New Jersey who recommends using a hand sanitizer that contains essential oils INSTEAD of alcohol, because bacteria can become immune to alcohol-based sanitizers. As an avid user of essential oils, I was eager to give it a try! So I decided to use a blend of essential oils that is based on the mythical “thieves’ blend”. This blend has been used for centuries as a way to ward off disease and sickness, thanks to its’ antibacterial and anti-viral properties.
I have to say, I’ve been really enjoying using this all-natural hand sanitizer! It is much less drying on my hands than the alcohol kind, and it smells so clean and fresh!
Here’s how you can make it at home.
Alcohol-Free Homemade Hand Sanitizer
*Note: If you don’t have the Defend blend, you can substitute the following amounts of individual essential oils:
- 10 drops each of rosemary, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and clove bud essential oils
- 20 drops of lemon essential oil
Start with a clean hand sanitizer bottle or liquid soap bottle.
Add the water, aloe vera gel, and the essential oils to the bottle. Replace the lid on the bottle and shake well.
To use it, squeeze a small amount of the sanitizer onto your hands and rub them together. Repeat as needed.
When soap and water aren’t available, mix yourself up a batch of this sweet-smelling and sanitizing gel, and you’ll be good to go!