I absolutely LOVE essential oils!
Over the past two years I’ve been learning to substitute them for all kinds of uses. Today, I made my own hand sanitizer at home, since supplies have been low everywhere due to the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic. It’s easy to make and something you can do at home too!!
When it comes to preventing the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, nothing beats good old-fashioned handwashing. But if water and soap aren’t available, your next best option, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hand sanitizing spray.
Unless you have a stockpile of store-bought hand sanitizer, you’ll likely have a hard time finding any at a store or online right now. Even my regular supply of On Guard Hand Sanitizing Spray has been back ordered or limiting purchases recently.
Due to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, most retailers can’t keep up with the demand for hand sanitizer. The good news? All it takes is three ingredients to make your own moisturizing hand sanitizer at home. So with a handful of empty bottles and a desire to make my own, I found myself ingredient ready in the kitchen this morning.
If you have been using store bought hand sanitizer, perhaps you’ve noticed how dry your hands become with repeated use? What I love about this DIY spray is the addition of aloe vera and essential oil to help keep hands hydrated and silky smooth.
What ingredients do you need?
Making your own hand sanitizer is easy to do and only requires a few ingredients. Read on to find out how.
The key to making an effective, germ-busting hand sanitizer is to stick to a 2:1 proportion of alcohol to aloe vera. This keeps the alcohol content around 60 percent. This is the minimum amount needed to kill most germs, according to the CDC.
What you’ll need:
- 3/4 cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent)
- 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel (to help keep your hands smooth and to counteract the harshness of alcohol)
- 10-20 drops of PURE essential oil, such as lavender, tea tree, frankincense, lemongrass, clove, eucalyptus, peppermint oil, or you can use lemon juice instead.
- pourable glass measuring cup
I use DoTerra Pure Essential Oils and have been using their protective blend On Guard for the past two years. Why? Because the wild orange, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary oils help promote healthy immune and respiratory function and I love the warm, spicy, woody, camphoraceous aroma. So, this is my oil of choice right now!!
A note before you begin…
- Wash your hands thoroughly before making the hand sanitizer.
- To mix, use a clean spoon and whisk. Wash these items thoroughly before using them.
- Make sure the alcohol used for the hand sanitizer is not diluted.
- Mix all the ingredients thoroughly until they are well blended.
- Do not touch the mixture with your hands until it is ready for use.
- Pour all ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a pouring spout like a glass measuring container.
- Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel (I used my coffee “milk frother” and it also worked great!)
- Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it “hand sanitizer.”
It’s that simple! Plus, it smells great and the remainder can be stored in a glass jar marked for future refills.
Sharing the tips, tricks, and recipes during this time of staying in, is how we can all do our best to stay healthy and safe. I’m sending well wishes to you all.
Comment below and let me know how this works for you!!
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