Clean your hands on the go with this DIY hand sanitizer with aloe and essential oils. While the alcohol kills germs, aloe keeps skin moisturized and essential oils make it smell good! An easy DIY project for better health!
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Why I prefer natural hand sanitizers
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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When should you use hand sanitzer?
If you are petting animals, about to eat, or just sneezed in your hand, sure… you want to clean your hands. But harsh chemical hand sanitzers are hard on skin. 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!
Making hand sanitizers with aloe
Getting gel out of an aloe plant is not as easy as it seems. However, I can help with that! Check out my post on how to get aloe gel from your plant before you start making hand sanitizer! Also, choose essential oils with antibacterial properties like thyme, lemon, lavender or tea tree oil for added sanitizing properties. Check out the CDC website for how and when to use hand sanitizers.
DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe
- 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
- measuring cup
- Combine aloe and rubbing alcohol in a mason jar. Mix well
- Add essential oils and pour into the small bottle
- To use, put a dime sized amount in the palm of your hand and rub in thoroughly
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.