Let me tell you a few of the reasons I gave up on traditional hand sanitizers.
They Can Actually Lower Your Immunity:
I knew about this for awhile but after I battled MRSA I really started researching super bugs, immunity, etc. Sure these cleaners can kill harmful bacteria and germs but they also kill of the good bacterial that is beneficial to our bodies. When the good stuff is killed off your body becomes more susceptible to the germs that make you sick. Crazy, right?
Too Much Alcohol:
Most of the commercial sanitizers use alcohol to kill “harmful” pathogens. They are generally 60% alcohol which is MORE than hard liquors! All this is being absorbed into your skin and your children’s skin. AND if accidentally ingested it could really do some damage.
Bad For The Skin:
That alcohol is hard on your biggest organ…your skin. It messes with the oil production with cause dry skin. Prolonged use of these sanitizers can can skin to age faster (aka wrinkles).
This is because alcohol is a skin irritant, which disrupts your natural oil production causing both dry and flaky skin.
Those just a few of the reasons I avoid commercial hand sanitizers but I encourage you to do some of your own research on the topic.
DIY All Natural Hand Sanitizer – A Much Better Option
The best option for cleaning your hands is soap and water; I just want to say that from the get-go. But sometimes that just isn’t an option and we need this DIY all natural hand sanitizer as a quick and convenient helper when we are on the go. And thankfully we can use with without worrying about the negative side effects I mentioned above.
I know we’re all busy but making this DIY all natural hand sanitizer is fast and easy too; so don’t fear.
DIY All Natural Hand Sanitizer – Ingredients & Supplies
I make enough to fill all 3 squeeze containers but you can split the recipe if you don’t need that much.
- 1 cup Organic Aloe Vera Gel (I used this)
Great as a moisturizer for the skin so you won’t need to worry about this sanitizer drying your skin out.
- 2 tsp Sweet Almond Oil (I used this)
Rich in vitamin e and also moisturizing the skin. Can help to remove debris/dirt from pores.
- 30 drops doTerra’s On Guard Blend (Where to Buy Oils)
This powerful blend contains
-Wild Orange Peel, a natural antiseptic
-Clove Bud, antibacterial and anti-microbial
-Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial & astringent
-Eucalyptus Leaf, anti-microbial, cleansing, antiseptic
-Rosemary Leaf/Flower, antibacterial and anti-fungal
- 3 Reusable Silicon Squeeze Tubes, BPA free (I used these)
- Bowl for Mixing
DIY All Natural Hand Sanitizer – Directions
- In your bowl mix your aloe vera gel and sweet almond oil.
- Mix in the 30 drops of On Guard blend.
- Distribute the mixture between the 3 squeeze tubes. You may need to use a small funnel to help you.
- Before each use, give your container a good shake.
NOTE: This is not as thick as the standard commercial sanitizer so be careful the first few times you use it, so you don’t make a mess.