DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray with Aloe and Essential Oils

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I am not a huge fan of the over use of hand sanitizer but our society seems to be obsessed with the stuff. Everywhere I go, I see people whipping out little containers of clear goo and squirting it on their kids hands. Did you touch the dog? Better sterilize your hands. Oh, you took out the trash? Here, rub these artificial chemicals all over yourself. SO much better for you than germs, right? Hand sanitizers have become a staple in backpacks and purses all over the country. Most situations do NOT require hand sanitizer. Soap and water work great and honestly, a few germs won’t kill you anyhow and will probably boost your immune system. However, every once in a while you DO find yourself in need of portable hand cleaning so this DIY hand sanitizer is the perfect solution!

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DIY Hand Sanitizer

DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray with Aloe and Essential Oils

This past summer, my family went to the aquarium. One of the places we stopped was the ‘pet the starfish and stingrays’ pool. The kids had a blast and when it was over, they were directed to the hand sanitizer station on the wall. By that night, my son had developed a horrible red rash on his hands that took several days to go away. Right then and there I went on Amazon and bought a natural hand sanitizer to keep in my purse so this never happened again. Soon after I hit ‘purchase’ though, I asked myself if it was possible to MAKE homemade hand sanitizer and started going some research. Turns out, this DIY hand sanitizer took only minutes to make and I already had all the ingredients in my house! This will definitely be a staple in my purse for emergencies…but, hand washing is still my first choice!

Two things to note:  Getting gel out of an aloe plant is not as easy as it seems. Stay tuned to my post on Friday and I will show you how I did it. Lets just say there was a lot of swearing involved and next time I will be buying it! Also, choose essential oils with antibacterial properties like thyme, lemon, lavender or tea tree oil for added sanitizing properties. Check out One Good Thing by Jillee for an alcohol free diy hand sanitizer.

DIY Hand Sanitizer

Yields 1/2 cup

DIY Hand Sanitizer

This DIY hand sanitizer is a natural solution to on the go hand cleaning. Soap and water are best but when they aren't available, try this homemade hand sanitizer instead!

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup of Aloe Vera Gel
  • 3/8 cup of Rubbing Alcohol
  • 8-10 drops of essential oil (use whatever you have that smells good!)
  • small bottle for storage

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir.
  2. Pour into the small bottle
  3. To use, put a dime sized amount in the palm of your hand and rub in thoroughly
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Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this DIY spray. I have an aloe plant, and I love it. I end up using the aloe gel from it at least once a year.
  2. Aloe is super popular down here in Florida. Between the sun and the bugs, we get a lot of use out of our aloe plants!
  3. We love aloe and I always keep some on hand for burns. Great to know you can do it yourself and make your own spray.
  4. I need to make some of this. My kids should start taking it to school so they will stop being sick.

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