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Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

‘Tis the season for cold and flu bugs and other bad germs to start getting spread around rampantly.  Unfortunately, many people will turn to massive amounts of toxic hand sanitizer during this time.  Hand sanitizer is another one of those things developed for modern convenience, a replacement for washing hands with good old fashioned soap and water.  And I mean old-fashioned soap, not the toxic anti-bacterial kind or the kind with pretty (toxic) colors and a long list of chemicals.  Hand washing has been proven for centuries to prevent illness and infection.  Smiling Girl with Hands Covered in Paint

I say keep your immune system healthy and wash thoroughly with non-toxic soap and water to prevent cold and flu, but I know many of us are out and about traveling and shopping and what not, and do want the convenience of a hand sanitizer as we are being exposed to bad germs.  So, by all means, use some hand sanitizer (I do sometimes), but use a non-toxic hand sanitizer, either that you purchased or that you made.

One of the major problems that comes with most of the hand sanitizers on the market is that they contain triclosan.  Many germs have become resistant to triclosan.  Triclosan has also been shown to kill human cells and is possibly a neurotoxin and can actually harm our immune system.  That’s not what we want.  There are safer hand sanitizers on the market.  Many of them are alcohol based.  *By the way, straight up vodka is a good hand sanitizer.  Germs do not become resistant to alcohol.  However, please note that if you use hand sanitizer daily, alcohol is very drying to the skin.  In such case, look for an all natural sanitizer that is alcohol free.

If you want to make your own hand sanitizer (which is the safest option), check out these recipes below, some with alcohol and some without.  You can reuse some small containers or purchase some spray bottles or plastic squeeze bottles.


1.  Aloe Based Hand Sanitizer Gel – Works better with squeeze bottle

  • 2 Tbsp. Pure Aloe Vera Gel (no other ingredients but aloe or minimal natural ingredients)
  • 1 Tbsp.or less Distilled Water
  • 1/8 Tsp. Almond Oil
  • 5 Drops of Tea Tree Oil

Combine aloe, almond oil, and tee tree oil and then use water to thin it out to desired consistency.

2.  Aloe Based Hand Sanitizer Gel #2 – Works with squeeze bottle

  • 4 Oz. Pure Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Witch Hazel or Vodka (the vodka will be stronger against germs)
  • 1/8 Tsp. Almond Oil
  • 15 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 5 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Blend almond oil and essential oils, then blend in witch hazel or vodka, then blend in aloe vera.

3.  Spray Bottle Hand Sanitizer

  • 4 Oz. Spray Bottle
  • Distilled Water
  • Witch Hazel or Vodka
  • 2 Tsps. Almond oil (this is to moisturize & preserve)
  • 25 Drops of Tea Tree oil
  • 10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil (or clove, eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint)

Fill bottle halfway with water, add almond oil, add essential oils, then fill remainder of bottle with witch hazel or vodka.  Shake before each use.

4.  Spray Bottle Hand Sanitizer #2

  • 2 Oz. Spray Bottle
  • Witch Hazel
  • 1 Tsp. Pure Aloe Vera Gel
  • 10 Drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 5 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil (or clove, eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint)

Fill bottle about 3/4 full of witch hazel, then add aloe, then add essential oils.  Shake well!


Recommended sources for ingredients: Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera Gel, Essential Oils, Vodka, Almond Oil



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