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Homemade Hand Sanitizer

July 9, 2013

Hand Sanitizer

I try to avoid anti-bacterial soaps and hand sanitizers. They’re loaded with toxic chemicals and frankly I like some bacteria in my life. However, we’ve been frequenting zoos and other “animal petting” places lately. Which means, lots of hand washing. When our go-to all-natural spray hand sanitizer ran out, I didn’t feel like shelling out nearly $4 for a 2 ounce bottle; so I spent about $10 and bought the necessary ingredients to make enough hand sanitizer to last us a few years.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

-1/2 cup of Aloe Vera Gel (food-grade, not the green stuff you find in the sunblock aisle. That “aloe” is full of the toxins that you are trying to avoid by making your own hand sanitizer in the first place. I bought mine from my Frontier Bulk Buying Club but you can easily find it at health food stores or online).

-1/4 cup Witch Hazel

-2 Tbs 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (you can also use vodka…but why waste vodka on washing your hands. Make a martini instead).

-15 drops of essential oil (I used Young Living’s Purification blend. Seemed fitting. Lavender and Tea Tree oil are also popular)

-1 small (4 ounce) spray bottle (or other container…like an empty hand sanitizer bottle. Genius.)

-a Pyrex (or other brand) glass measuring cup (makes pouring into your smaller container a breeze).

In the measuring cup, add 1/2 cup of aloe. Next, add the witch hazel (until the liquid mixture reaches the 3/4 cup line….that’s math). Add the alcohol and essential oils. Stir everything together. Pour into a container of your choosing.

Store where ever you normally store your hand sanitizer (car, desk, purse….where ever!)

Super fast and super easy.