Commercial hand sanitizers have earned a bad name over the years for their triclosan content, that may disrupt hormones and contribute to resistant strains of bacteria.
As moms, we understand the need to keep our hands clean at all times so the kids don’t catch bad bacteria, but most hand sanitizers do more harm than good. They’re also made of harsher components that aren’t appropriate for use with small children.
Natural hand sanitizers are gentle and safer options for hand hygiene and are extremely easy to do.
Here are two recipes so you can get started on DIY-ing your homemade hand sanitizer:
Kid-friendly Hand Sanitizer Recipe
This hand sanitizer gel won’t dry out the skin and will actually bring back some moisture because of the aloe vera content. It’s super simple, you can even make this together with your kids.
- 20 drops of Germ Destroyer Essential Oil (kid safe)
- ¼ cup aloe vera gel
- Mix everything in a reusable silicone tube (you can get one here.)
- Use as often as you need to naturally keep hands germ-free.
Stronger Hand Sanitizer Recipe
If you need a strong hand sanitizer that will perform like the commercial versions (without the triclosan), you might want to try this recipe.
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- 1 tbsp rubbing alcohol
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
- Distilled water
- ½ tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)
- Your choice of essential oil for scent
- Mix aloe vera gel, glycerin (optional) and rubbing alcohol in a small bowl
- Add 10 drops of cinnamon and tea tree essential oil with a drop or two of any other oils that you want to add for scent.
- Mix well and add distilled water to thin until you achieve your desired consistency.
- Use a medicine dropper or a small funnel to transfer your hand sanitizer into your bottle of choice.
- Use as often as you need.
Read the full article by Wellness Mama here for more tips on making DIY hand sanitizers for the home.