If our hands could talk!
Just think about everything we touch on the course of one day, and all the germs we are exposed to...excuse me while I go wash my hands...
Although it is a good idea to keep our hands clean to prevent the spread of disease, commercial sanitizing gels may not be a good solution:
- The main ingredient is alcohol or triclosan (read about the dangers of triclosan here)
- They contain other yucky, not-good-for-you chemicals
- Clinical studies show they are not any more effective than plain old water and soap*
- They kill beneficial bacteria*
- They strip our hands or natural oils*
|Just read the label on yours and you'll see what I'm talking about|
Yet, these little suckers are everywhere, even in hospitals which seem counter-intuitive. I get it, it's convenient to carry one of these bottles, I am a mother of a busy toddler I know about mess and about convenience.
So what's one to do? Why, make a natural hand sanitizer spray, of course!
This recipe took me 30 seconds to make, no nasty chemicals, and I used an empty bottle of natural sanitizer spray I had previously purchased, which was fine and dandy until I ran out and couldn't find it in the store anymore, and at almost $4 for 2 oz. I decided to make my own. The problem with many DIY recipes I found online is that they are alcohol based, and I didn't want that on my toddler's hands. So this recipe is a combination of a couple other recipes I found and I customized it to what I had at home and to the proportions I needed.
Homemade Natural Sanitizer Spray
- 2 tbs pure aloe vera. Gel or liquid, but make sure it is 100% pure
- 2 tbs witch hazel. Commercially prepared is OK just try to find without alcohol
- 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar. I used Bragg's raw and organic
- 15 drops or 100% pure lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of 100% pure tea tree essential oil
Mix all ingredients together and with a small funnel transfer into a small spray bottle. Shake well, and you're done!
- Tea tree oil although highly effective an antibacterial agent, the smell is very strong and not many like it. Just the lavender essential oil will do, but you can add any other you like, or not.
- If you are wondering if you hands will smell like vinegar, don't worry, the lavender essential oil will mask the smell.
- If you have pure vitamin E, you could add a few drops. It will act as an moisturizing agent and as a natural preservative.
- These proportions resulted in about 1.5 oz. increase evenly as needed.
- If you prefer a gel, just buy aloe vera gel and and a 1:5 gel to witch hazel ratio for the consistency to remain.
- You could get the spray bottle at the trail size isle at any story.
*Based on a clinical study done by Perdu University.
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