Let me start this off by saying that I am NOT a germaphobe (No offense to the germaphobes out there! More power to you!) and I did not start making homemade hand sanitizer to protect us from every little germ out there in the world.
I routinely eat things that have fallen on the floor and clean chicken coops without gloves on. I have actually wiped my kid’s snotty nose with the bottom of my t-shirt and I don’t use the little paper toilet seat cover in public bathrooms. *gasp!*
However, I do still get grossed out by things like my son sticking his hand in a public toilet at Target or my daughter picking chicken poop up off the ground and squishing it between her fingers. *gag* So there are times when a little extra hand scrubbing is necessary. But what about when you aren’t at home and the Target is out of soap and your son REALLY DID just stick his hand in the public toilet before you could grab him. Well, my friends, that’s when a little bottle of homemade hand sanitizer in your bag can be a blessing. (And of course it’s homemade because I’m natural and DIY like that, dontcha know?)
Homemade Hand Sanitizer
1/4 cup pure aloe vera gel (You can buy it here – http://edge.affiliateshop.com/public/AIDLink?AID=133322&Redirect=/bathbody/body.php#bod_alo_gel or here – http://amzn.to/1cLT5SA )
1 tbsp witch hazel (You can buy it here – http://amzn.to/1ibkeyC )
10 drops tea tree essential oil (You can buy it here – http://edge.affiliateshop.com/public/AIDLink?AID=133322&Redirect=/aroma/q-z.php )
5 drops lavender essential oil (You can buy it here – http://edge.affiliateshop.com/public/AIDLink?AID=133322&Redirect=/aroma/f-l.php )
1. Pretty simple – place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix gently.
2. Using a funnel, pour into a small amber – http://amzn.to/1ilWVCQ or cobalt – http://amzn.to/1dkMsT1 colored glass spray bottle. (Yes – you want glass and colored. Essential oils will lose potency when exposed to direct light and can react with plastic.)
3. Shake gently before each use. A few spritz will do ya’ when needed.
A few notes about why these ingredients:
– Aloe Vera Gel – Given the consistency of this naturally occurring plant gel, it provides a great base for a recipe like this. It is also moisturizing, which is a great trait for a recipe like this one.
– Witch Hazel – It is derived from the leaves, bark and twigs of the Witch Hazel plant. It is said to have antiseptic and antibacterial qualities.
– Tea Tree Essential Oil – This is a very strong essential oil with powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and antiseptic properties.
– Lavender Essential Oil – Used in part in this recipe to provide a pleasant scent, it also has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.
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