Washing your hands with soap is better, but if you have no soap and water, hand sanitizer is the second best thing. Commercial hand sanitizer can get expensive, and with the shortage of hand sanitizer due to COVID-19, you may have to resort to making your own.
Yield 4 ounces
- 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
- 30 drops tea tree essential oil
- 3 ounces high-proof vodka (Everclear), or rubbing alcohol can be substituted
- 8 to 10 drops essential oil, such as lemon, clove, cinnamon
- 1 ounce pure aloe vera gel
- ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E oil (helps soften hands!)
- Mixing bowl
- Plastic container
- Mix the alcohol and aloe vera gel in the bowl. Pour the ingredients into the bowl and use the spoon to mix them together well. The mixture should be completely smooth
- Add essential oils and Vitamin E oil to a small glass bowl or container and swirl to mix.
- Add alcohol to the oils and swirl again.
- Combine this mixture with the aloe vera gel and mix well.
- Shake gently before each use. (Sanitizer should last several months with the addition of Vitamin E and alcohol to help preserve.)
- Lavender, and tea tree essential oils have the added benefit of providing additional antiseptic properties to the mixture.
- If you don’t like these scents, it’s fine to use whatever scent you enjoy. Lemon, grapefruit and passion fruit all work well.
Transfer hand sanitizer to small, clean squirt bottles. Also, use colored bottles like this so the essential oils in the recipe are not exposed to light. Finally, this recipe is perfect for throwing into a purse or a backpack!
To make a hand sanitizer spray, simply use witch hazel instead of aloe vera gel in this recipe.
Source: https://www.diynatural.com/homemade-hand-sanitizer/ & Others
The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.