It’s a super handy little item that makes its way into all our handbags. We probably never give it a second thought since it always proves so useful. Touched a dodgy door handle and can’t find a bathroom anywhere? No problem. Bathroom out of water and you only found out after using the toilet? No problem. Handy commercial hand sanitizer to the rescue.
Except, not quite. What a lot of folks don’t know (but thankfully now you do) is that commercial hand sanitizers contain antibacterial agents that aren’t exactly safe for you or your family. Back in 2016 the FDA actually banned the use of triclosan in antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizer soap because it was found to have adverse effects like disrupting hormones in children and contributing to a rise in resistant strains of bacteria. And let’s not even get into how badly commercial hand sanitizers stink (what’s with the horrible scent? Is it to scare away germs?) and how much they dry out our hands.
Now, we all know manufacturers don’t always abide by FDA rulings, so to stay safe we believe it’s best to eliminate commercial hand sanitizers and make your own, especially since the process is so simple and the ingredients are easily accessible. More importantly, this is a small step in the right direction on your quest to a cleaner more organic home free of harmful toxins.
Before we dive into recipes there are a few simple things to consider.
Use only 100% essential oils for the recipe.
Use only 100% pure aloe vera gel. If you make your own instead of buying the sanitizer will not last as long so store bought aloe vera gel is recommended.
Store the hand sanitizer in a dark colored container to avoid exposing the essential oils to direct light.
Test the essentials oils first to check for allergic reactions or irritation.
8oz aloe vera gel
1 tbsp witch hazel extract
5-10 drops lavender essential oil
30 drops tea tree essential oil (great natural antibacterial)
1/4 tsp vitamin E oil (natural preservative)
Mix the essential oils and vitamin E in a small bowl. Add witch hazel and mix again. Combine with the aloe vera gel and mix again. Pour the mixture into a colored tube or bottle and store for use.
We recommend buying multiple storage containers and adding one to your handbag for convenience. It may be a good idea to leave one by your kitchen counter as well.
Feel free to experiment with variations of this recipe, perhaps trying your favorite essential oils. Just ensure that you choose oils with antibacterial and anti fungal properties to make sure that the sanitizer will work.