I hate the smell of hand sanitizer. I also don’t like how dry it makes my hands.
So I don’t use it.
But I do sanitize my hands.
And when I am traveling, or around anyone who is sneezing or coughing, I sanitize them like crazy!
Here are the non-toxic, natural sanitizers I make myself. You can too. Don’t worry, it’s super easy!
First, remember to always use glass bottles, not plastic, especially when using essential oils because some properties may break down the plastic, which can destroy the plastic and cause leakage.
Hydrogen Peroxide: That’s it! One ingredient.
How to: Put it in a spray bottle and spray it on your hands. I carry this with me everywhere, in a small blue bottle in my purse. Before I get on a plane, while I’m on the plane, after I get off of the plane, I am spraying, spraying, spraying. It’s especially helpful during flu season.
**The real deal! In early 2016, while living in Dominican Republic, we shut our apartment up for a couple of weeks while we traveled (dumb idea, I know). When we came back there was mold on a lot of our clothes and personal items. I continued to have a bad reaction to the mold spores even after we cleaned everything.
Thankfully a homeopath friend of mine suggested I clean everything in my house with pure hydrogen peroxide. It worked immediately! I even rubbed it all over my hands and arms, which were starting to break out in a rash from the exposure. By the next day the rash was gone, and my breathing was back to normal.
2. Pure Essential Oils: The homeopathic cure-all. Seriously, I believe we could probably cure (or prevent) almost every ailment with the proper use of essential oils. Plants and flowers. God’s medicine.
How to: Fill a spray bottle with water, and add to it 10-20 drops of essential oil of rosemary, and 10-20 drops of essential oil of lavender. (BTW, I use a similar mix of oils for my natural bug and insect repellent. And after living in the tropics for close to 2 years, I can say with certainty that it works better than any drug store repellent.)
This mixture was found, in the French state hospital system, to be as effective as standard hospital sanitizer, but in fact longer lasting, because the oils stay on whatever surfaces they land on longer than the alcohol-based sanitizers. Not only that, but it smells great!
3. Essential Oil Blend Longer Shelf Life: If you want your blend to last for several months. (I usually go through my small bottles in less than a month so most times I just use the above method.)
(this recipe is courtesy of diynatural.com)
How to: Add essential oils and Vitamin E oil to a small glass bowl or container and swirl to mix. Add witch hazel (or alcohol) to the oils and swirl again. Combine this mixture with the aloe vera gel and mix well. Transfer to clean glass pump or spray bottles. Shake gently before each use.
- 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
- 30 drops tea tree essential oil
- 1 Tablespoon witch hazel extract or high-proof vodka
- 8 ounces 100% pure aloe vera gel
- (optional) ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E oil – a natural preservative to increase shelf life, and also helps soften hands!
And there you have it! Three excellent options for natural, non-toxic, hand sanitizers.
If you have any of your own DIY sanitizer recipes, please share in the comments below.
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