Homemade Hand Sanitizer
I am not a fan of commercially-prepared hand sanitizers that generally include ingredients like alcohol (very drying) and triclosan (this stuff needs to be banned). Commercially-prepared hand sanitizers are known to kill so much bacteria that resistent strains of many bacteria are making people even sicker. Plus, there are actually good bacteria out there we don’t want to kill.
But don’t we all want to be able to quickly cleanse our hands (or the hands of our kids) in a pinch when soap and water is not available? Making homemade hand sanitizer is simple, and while it is not as powerful a killing agent as the yucky stuff, it is good enough for a quick cleanse in most situation you’ll want to use it (and of course, washing your hands with soap and warm water is always the best choice when possible). Because homemade hand sanitizer is so easy to make, there really is no reason to keep using the yucky kind you probably have in your purse right now.
- 15 drops lemon essential oil
- 15 drops orange essential oil
- 15 drops lime essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 1 Tablespoon witch hazel
- 1/2 cup pure aloe vera gel
- 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil – a natural preservative
- travel bottles (like these) or spray bottle (like these)
Add essential oils and Vitamin E oil to a glass measuring cup and gently stir to mix. Add witch hazel to the oils and stir again. Add in the aloe vera gel and mix well. Store in silicone travel bottle or glass spray bottle. When you first apply this hand sanitizer it will feel slightly sticky, but it soaks in quickly and does not leave a sticky residue. It smells yummy and softens your hands, too. It is perfectly safe for children over the age of 2.
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Other essential oils you can use in this recipe:
- clove essential oil
- cinnamon leaf essential oil
- lavender essential oil
- rosemary essential oil
- Immune Strength (thieves type blend)
Learn how to use essential oils safely with children before using this or any other recipe with your child.
A few other ways we use lemon oil in our everyday:
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Never use essential oils undiluted, in the eyes or mucus membranes. Do not ingest unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep essential oils away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil).
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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.