It’s time to run errands, so you and the kids load up in the van as you tell them all about the things you will accomplish that afternoon: grocery store, library, post office, and ice cream if there is time.
“Yay! Thanks Mom!”
You all go about your merry way and get everything done. Just before the ice cream is served, you think back on the germ-laden errand run and hit each kids’ hands with the hand sanitizer.
If you’re like me, you totter just between the Nervous Nelly with her giant bottle of hand sanitizer in tow, and the Easy-going Ella who figures, hey, let’s build their immune systems.
Still, watching the 4-year-old manage the public bathroom, all the nose-picking that goes on at the library (not your sweet angels, of course), and the sneezing that happened all over the grocery store is enough to make your stomach turn. Let’s just go ahead and blast those germs, m’kay?
Whether you’re Nelly or Ella, chances are you’ve used hand sanitizer before. Washing with soap and water is always best, but what about those times when that’s not an option? You care about health and staying well. However, seeing what’s in the hand sanitizer might just make your stomach turn as well.
Fortunately, it’s not difficult to make your own natural, non-toxic hand cleanser and keep your family healthy without spreading strange stuff all over their hands. Here is a simple and versatile recipe that you can make on your own!
DIY Non-Toxic Hand Cleanser
There are many recipes for hand cleanser out there, but this is my favorite because I can switch out the oils depending on my preferences.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup aloe vera juice/concentrate (not gel)
- 24 drops melaleuca (.5% concentration*)
- 15 drops one or a combination of the following: lavender (my preference), thyme, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, peppermint, or an immune blend (all having antibacterial properties)
- 1/4 tsp vitamin e oil (optional—increases shelf life and hand softening)
Mix ingredients well and add to a spray bottle. Check your aloe vera juice to see if the end product will need refrigeration. Another option is to try more water and substitute vegetable glycerine for the aloe vera. While refrigeration would still prolong effectiveness, avoiding the aloe vera may make a a spray bottle stuck in your purse last longer. That’s next on my to-try list! Rosemary also acts as a natural preservative.
Does DIY Hand Cleanser Really Work?
Some will argue that a hand cleanser recipe really isn’t effective without adequate amounts of alcohol to kill bacteria. That is a debate that we’ll address in a future post.
Last year my family experimented with essential oils and found great help from an immune blend in helping with sickness. This year we’ll be putting this recipe to the test! Guess that makes me a “Prepared Priscilla.” 🙂
Are you a skeptic of essential oils? So was I! Check out the whole Skeptic’s Guide to Essential Oils series here on Intoxicated on Life and see what I learned as we researched and tested them out.
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