DIY Natural Hand Sanitizer
Updated: Oct 15, 2019
Hand sanitizers have become a staple for a lot of folks in grocery stores, at schools and even in their homes. But have you ever stopped to consider the ingredients or the implications of using anti-bacterial substances on your skin regularly? Hopefully, you will now.
Most hand sanitizers contain alcohol which can be very drying as well as triclosan, an antibacterial and antifungal agent. Even the FDA states that regular and long-term use of antibacterial products can lead to antibiotic resistance as well as negative hormonal effects (no thank you!). Not to mention, they found that triclosan “may carry unnecessary risks given that their benefits are unproven”.
I personally do not keep sanitizer at home or in the office, but instead wash with a quality brand like Seventh Generation or my easy homemade foaming soap (2 tbsp liquid castile soap + enough water to fill to the top of the dispenser). However, every once in a while some sanitizer can come in handy so it’s nice to keep a tube in your purse or car just in case.This formula contains aloe vera and therefore doesn't dry the skin like typical hand sanitizers.
Natural Hand Sanitizer Gel
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
20 drops clove essential oil (antimicrobial, antibacterial)
10 drops lemon essential oil (natural disinfectant, smells great!)
10 drops cinnamon essential oil (antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, antimicrobial)
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil (antimicrobial, stimulates immunity)
5 drops rosemary essential oil (antifungal, antibacterial)
Mix all ingredients and store in a squeezable tube like this one.
Use as needed to naturally remove germs from hands.
Always check with a doctor or health care provider before using essential oils, especially on children or if you have a medical condition.