Homemade Hand Sanitizer
I am not a fan of commercially-prepared hand sanitizers that generally include ingredients like alcohol (very drying) and triclosan (this stuff needs to be banned). Commercially-prepared hand sanitizers are known to kill so much bacteria that resistant strains of many bacteria are making people even sicker. Plus, there are actually good bacteria out there we don’t want to kill.
But don’t we all want to be able to quickly cleanse our hands (or the hands of our kids) in a pinch when soap and water is not available? Making homemade hand sanitizer is simple, and while it is not as powerful a killing agent as the yucky stuff, it is good enough for a quick cleanse in most situation you’ll want to use it (and of course, washing your hands with soap and warm water is always the best choice when possible). Because homemade hand sanitizer is so easy to make, there really is no reason to keep using the yucky kind you probably have in your purse right now.
- 4 drops lemon essential oil
- 4 drops orange essential oil
- 4 drops lime essential oil
- 4 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 2oz pure aloe vera gel
- 2oz PET bottle with pop-up cap
Add essential oils to aloe vera gel and mix well. Store in PET bottle. When you first apply this hand sanitizer it will feel slightly sticky, but it soaks in quickly and does not leave a sticky residue. It smells yummy and softens your hands, too. It is perfectly safe for children over the age of 2. The dilution of both lime and lemon in this recipe are considered safe in the sun and should not cause photosensitivity.
Other essential oils you can use in this recipe:
Learn how to use essential oils safely with children before using this or any other recipe with your child.
A few other ways we use lemon oil in our everyday:
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Never use essential oils undiluted, in the eyes or mucus membranes. Do not ingest unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep essential oils away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil).
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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.