Everywhere there are hand sanitizer wipes in the stores, doctor offices, schools and the list goes on and on. Then in the stores there are shelves of bottles of hand sanitizers and wipes, the tv and radio is full of ads to encourage the use of these products for our well being and to keep germ free…this all sounds really good…UNTIL…you start reading the labels and doing research what is in and on these products. They are in fact more damaging than the germs they are suppose to be getting rid of.
As always, I don’t just give you the disadvantage of products, but also the solution. There is a solution and that is to make your own hand sanitizer which is healthy and actually benefits your health and body… AND… gets rid of the germs.
Below you will find two recipes for hand sanitizer; you can try one and/or both and see which one is most convenient for your family. What is so great about the ingredients in the recipes is that they aren’t good for just cleaning but are antiseptic and can help with cuts and scrapes as well.
The essential oils are also good anti-bacterial and anti-fungal for use on the body and the Witch Hazel is also an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial which can treat itches, bruises, bites and other skin irritations. Aloe Vera gel is very healing to the skin along with the Vitamin E oil, which is also a preservative to the recipe.
As always…my disclaimer…only use organic products and therapeutic grade essential oils…this is very important.
So before you wipe your precious babies face and hands with handi wipes, OR even yours, do yourself a favor and go organic and healthy…make your own…you may even find you save a few dollars…have fun!!!!!
Gel Hand Sanitizer
1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel
8 ounces 100% pure Aloe Vera gel
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
5 drops Lavender essential oil
Mix together the essential oils and the Vitamin E in a container.
Add Witch Hazel and mix.
Add this mixture to the Aloe Vera gel and mix.
Shake well before each use.
This gel sanitizer should last a few months as the Vitamin E oil acts as a natural preservative. To help prolong the life of this blend, either re-use a squeezable or pump-top bottle or use a clean spoon to apply it straight out of a glass jar, rather than putting your dirty fingers into the mix each time you use it.
Spray Hand Sanitizer
1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel
2 Teaspoons 100% pure Aloe Vera Gel (you can also use vegetable glycerin)
8 drops of Vitamin E oil
Essential Oils (Lavender, Tea Tree, or try Lemon, Lime, Orange etc.)
Combine together the witch hazel, aloe vera gel, Vitamin E oil, and essential oils.
Pour into a small spray bottle.
Add enough clean water to fill bottle.
For this recipe you will need a 4 oz (120 ml) glass spray bottle, or similar. It is best not to use plastic as it may react with the essential oils.