I’ve always been concerned about trying to prevent catching a virus or the flu. However, I wouldn’t really consider myself a germaphobe because I’m not obsessed with cleanliness, I like dirt (earthing) and don’t even take a shower every day! To prevent the germs, I would carry around a container of hand sanitizer in my purse to use when needed. Even though I would much rather just wash my hands with (natural) soap and water, sometimes that’s just not an option. Even when near a restroom, I am not one to use the soap provided, who knows what types of chemicals are in it?!
Chemicals in Hand Sanitizers
Commercial hand sanitizers can actual cause more harm than good as they are packed with toxic chemicals. The chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and cause serious health effects.
The most harmful ingredients to watch out for include Triclosan, Fragrance, Parabens, Formaldehyde and Phthalates, all of which have been labeled as possible carcinogens. There’s also the issue of hand sanitizers containing alcohol, if you are looking for one that is alcohol free, this recipe is a great solution!
How to Make Hand Sanitizer
Why this recipe works:
The main ingredient in this homemade hand sanitizer, that helps fight germs and viruses, is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic which is why it only requires a few drops. It is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral, which makes it a great all natural alternative to alcohol based sanitizers. The tea tree oil also acts as a natural preservative, which allows this mixture to last for at least several weeks.
- 8 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
- 16 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
- 10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- Optional: Add a few drops of other essential oils such as thyme, lemon, or orange
1. Mix all ingredients in a dish
2. Pour into a spray bottle or squirt bottle to use on the go
3. Shake before applying
*This recipe makes a small batch, just the right size for a small container to carry on the go. You can double the amounts for a larger amount.
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