Do-it-yourself, All Natural Hand Sanitizier

Jan 18, 09:20 PM

by Katharine Koeppen, RA

With several strains of flu and some evil respiratory infections going around, you just can't wash your hands often enough. But what if you're on the run and/or aren't near a convenient sink? Worse yet, what if the soap dispenser is empty?

It's super easy to make your own hand sanitizer with essential oils that have both strong antimicrobial action and a pleasant smell. This recipe doesn't contain the alcohol present in commercial hand sanitizers, which can really dry out your skin with repeat applications.

Do-it-yourself Aromatic Hand Sanitizer

1            2 oz. PET plastic bottle with disc top cap
2 oz.       clear aloe vera gel (99% pure)
6 drops   palmarosa (Andropogon martinii) essential oil
6 drops   spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia) essential oil
5 drops   niaouli (Melaleuca quinquinervia viridiflora) essential oil

Add the essential oils to the aloe gel and mix well. To use, apply a few drops to your hands and rub thoroughly.

A 2 oz. disc top bottle is just the right size for your purse, briefcase or desk drawer. Be sure to use one made of PET plastic so essential oils don't leach out of the bottle or destroy the plastic.

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