Hand sanitizer can be a mom’s best friend in the winter, right? With germs everywhere and kids touching everything all the time, it’s a good defense against illness. But what happens if you don’t want to use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with your kids. Or you’re tired of the gross smell?
Did you know you can make homemade natural hand sanitizer? Yes!
I went on a quest to come up with my own homemade natural hand sanitizer that would protect my family without any alcohol or chemicals and I found it. It’s much easier to make homemade hand sanitizer than I ever would have imagined, and it smells so much better than the store stuff. And as an added bonus, it moisturizes instead of drying skin out!
What You’ll Need to Make Homemade Natural Hand Sanitizer:
*Witch Hazel – I did use a brand that had alcohol in it (which I didn’t totally mind for its extra germ killing qualities), but you can spend a bit more and get Thayers witch hazel without it if you prefer.
*Aloe Vera pure 100% gel – I got a 2 oz bottle in the travel section so that I could re-use it and put the handmade natural hand sanitizer in it for my purse or car.
You can choose to go all-organic, high quality for these ingredients and spend more money or buy the cheapest ingredients you can find. I’ve tried a variety and they all work well; the choice is yours.
Please note that I am not a medical professional and the information presented here is merely for educational purposes and not intended to replace medical advice. I am simply sharing my own family’s experience in the hopes that it might help you too. Check with your doctor or find a qualified aromatherapist if you have questions or concerns.
Also remember that when it comes to essential oils, a little goes a long ways. Start with less in the beginning and if you’re not seeing the desired results, you can choose to slowly increase the number of drops.
How to Make Homemade Natural Hand Sanitizer:
The first thing I did was to squeeze out all of the aloe vera gel into a small bowl for mixing.
I then added 10 drops of tea tree essential oil. I recommend using 10-15 drops per every 2 ounces of gel. Tea tree oil is a strong anti-septic and an immune stimulant, making it a good choice as one of the sanitizing components. You could also use oil blends such as Thieves or Erika’s favorite Immune Strength blend from Native American Nutritionals. (Read more about that on her favorite cold & flu remedies for kids post.)
Then add a tablespoon of witch hazel and stir up your concoction until well blended.
If you want to re-use the aloe vera bottle, then you have to get your mixture back in the bottle – which turns out can be quite messy (but sanitary!).
I found the easiest way was to scoop the sanitizing mixture into a plastic bag, cut out a bit of plastic in the corner, then use it like a frosting bag to squirt it back into the bottle.
And that’s all you have to do to make your very own homemade natural hand sanitizer!
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