There’s a great debate about hand sanitizers – even the more natural versions of DIY hand sanitizers get people talking. The conversation is about germs having their place in this world, and if we try to be completely germ-free we weaken our own ability to fight the bugs on our own. Although I do believe this, there are limits, especially having a medically compromised kiddo that’s exposed to numerous doctor offices, hospital waiting rooms and germy airplanes.
In an effort to keep my special needs child from picking up a nasty bug at doctor visits, my former ritual included Purell upon arrival, halfway through the appointment, and then again when we left. Nothing, but NOTHING was going to get to my little one. Keeping my daughter safe from the virus du jour and keeping her out of the hospital became my mission.
After reading about the chemicals used in Purell (look at what the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database says about Purell – Yikes!), I started having second thoughts. Not to mention how dry Purell makes my hands and how awful it smells. But seeing Bear Grylls use hand sanitizer as a fire starter made me change my wicked ways for good, and my search for more natural hand sanitizer options began. After a thorough web search I was surprised that I couldn’t find any natural hand sanitizers that didn’t contain alcohol as a base.
n to finding a DIY hand sanitizer recipe using my choice of ingredients. Using aloe vera and essential oils is what this one’s all about:
- Lavender essential oil – Read what the National Institute of Health says about lavender essential oil.
- Thieves essential oil – Proprietary essential oils blend from YoungLiving containing Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) bud oil, Lemon (Citrus limon) peel oil, Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) bark oil, Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) leaf oil, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) leaf oil 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils.
- Aloe Vera – Read what Science Direct says about aloe vera.
DIY Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer Spray Recipe
I make this in small batches to make sure it’s always fresh. It’s a good idea to use dark bottles and keep them from direct sunlight – like in your purse! I’m super excited – I just found these pretty blue spray bottles on Amazon and just ordered them for my next batch.
Drop oils into your spray bottle, top with aloe vera juice, shake and you’re good to go!
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