Sunday, November 1, 2009

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Friend Charli down in Alabama sent me this via email. I thought you all might like to read it.
It's from an article that appeared here.

It's quick and easy to make your own natural, waterless hand sanitizer.

Gather Your Ingredients

1 cup aloe vera gel
1 tsp rubbing alcohol
2 tsp vegetable glycerin
8-10 drops tea tree essential oil or lavender essential oil

Simply blend all of the ingredients together and store.

Decide Where You are Going to Store Your Sanitizer

Be creative! You can recycle old liquid soap or hand sanitizer dispensers. You can also purchase a beautiful glass jar with a pump top to store and display your sanitizer. Think out of the box. If you find some nice glass jars and then add your own label, you can give home made sanitizers as gifts to family and friends!

Choose Essential Oils Carefully

The original recipe calls for tea tree or lavender oil, but you can be creative and use other types of essential oils as well. I like to pull out a list of oils that have antibacterial AND antiviral properties and make a blend that suits the season. Look at the properties of citrus oils, especially. Use oils that suit your likes as far as scents are concerned but will still add the cleansing properties appropriate for a hand sanitizer.

Use Sparingly

Your home made hand sanitizer will not dissolve into your hands as quickly or effectively as the commercial hand sanitizers you buy in the store. It is better to err on the side of too little than to end up wiping excess sanitizer off of your hands later. Waste not - want not!


Moxie said...

Thanks for the share!! Good to know with cold season here!!

************* said...

I've been thinking about making my own hand sanitizer too! I have an aloe vera plant but would have to destroy it to get that much gel. For now I'm just using a mix of yarrow tincture and water to sanitize my hands (doubles as an astringent for my face).

I LOVE your blog! Will definitely be posting it to twitter.

Patricia said...

Thanks, everyone. Your comments are appreciated!