Did you know that most hand sanitizers contain triclosan, a pesticide? Even the American Medical Association believes this chemical is creating superbugs. Maybe it’s time we all learn to make homemade hand sanitizer using simple and inexpensive remedies found in your cupboard!
Most natural hand sanitizer recipes use a simple combination aloe vera gel, alcohol, and an essential oil like lemon, geranium, or lavender oil.
Others make use of a combination of antibacterial essential oils like clove, lemon, cinnnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary oils.
One very simple ingredient we make use of as a natural hand sanitizer when we are traveling and forgot to bring a hand sanitizer with us is is lemons. Since most restaurants serve water with a fresh lemon slice, you can squeeze the lemon juice onto both hands, rubbing vigorously until the juice dries. Not only will your hands smell fantastic, but they will feel baby soft from lemon’s natural alpha hydroxy acids!
Here’s one recipe from Mama to Many:
I have been using a homemade hand sanitizer for the last couple of years. I love it! Most hand sanitizers you buy have triclosan in them, which is very dangerous. I feel really bad for medical people who are required to use them all the time.
- 1 cup Aloe Vera Gel
- 9 teaspoons alcohol
- 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine
- 20 drops essential oil of your choice
Put ingredients in a jar and shake to mix very well. Put into small squirt bottles. I keep one in my purse.
This stuff takes longer to dry on your hands than store bought stuff, but it smells better and is safe.
Next time I make it, I will use vodka for the alcohol, then it is all food ingredients.
I like to use lavender essential oil since it smells nice. I made some with geranium essential oil and that can double as emergency insect repellent. The combinations are endless for what you could add to make it smell nice. I think all essential oils are antiseptic. I might use tea tree and/or eucalyptus if I were using it in a sick room.
I originally got this recipe from: http://www.diannassundries.com
She also has some great soap recipes–I have tried her Peppermint Patty soap recipe. Yum!
~Mama to Many~