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Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Green Clean, Skin & Hair Care | 2 comments

Homemade Hand SoapClean but far from a germaphobe is how I’d describe myself. You don’t normally see me toting around hand sanitizer unless I’m traveling, camping or there’s a serious threat.

What counts as a serious threat? Earlier this year when the flu was at its worst, I was going to be taking public transportation (not the norm for someone who lives in New Hampshire) to a busy office in a city where the virus had run rampant, causing the mayor to declare a public health emergency. So the night before I made the trip, I surfed the web for something that I could make at home that would help keep me from picking up any germs.

I came across a recipe in Prevention magazine that seemed to be the basis for most of the other recipes I found online. It was created by a doctor, which gave me the confidence the proportion of antibacterial agents to liquid would be sufficient to kill germs. I didn’t have all of the essential oils recommended so I substituted the cinnamon and clove essential oils for lavender and tea tree. I wanted to include the widest variety of oils so the germs I came in contact with wouldn’t have a chance at surviving.

As an added bonus, this hand sanitizer can be used as an air spray too.

For more information on why you might want to consider making your own antibacterial products with essential oils or buying ones with natural ingredients, check out our War on Germs: Has It Helped or Hurt Us? post.

Hand Santizier
Use a mix of essential oils to kill germs naturally.
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  1. 3 ounces distilled water
  2. 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  3. 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  4. 10 drops lavender essential oil
  5. 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  6. 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  7. 20 drops lemon essential oil
  1. Mix the ingredients in a spray dispenser.
  2. Shake gently before use and spray onto hands (3-5 sprays).
  3. Massage the spray into hands for 5-10 seconds.
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Kim is an eco enthusiast who tries to make small changes that will add up and make a difference.

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  1. Dee

    Hi Kim, I really like your site. I made your hand lotion and I loooooove it. I would like to try this recipe, but have a question for you. For how long can I keep this hand sanitizer? Thanks

    • Kim

      Thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying the hand lotion. The hand sanitizer should be good as long as your oils are good. When stored in dark glass in a cool place, essential oils typically have a shelf life of a year or more.

      But since this recipe dilutes the oils and you’ll be this out into the world where storage conditions won’t be as stable, that lessens the shelf life. I don’t have an exact answer for you, but you may like to make it monthly so your oils don’t have a chance to degrade much.

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