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Making Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Posted by Administrator on 8/9/2013 to Healing
You see it everywhere. Hand-sanitizer gel in pump bottles sitting on desks, perched on bathrooms counters, and stowed in purses and glove boxes. With cold and flu season looming, it makes sense to have lots of bottles of hand-sanitizer on hand for conveniently killing an extra germ or two. But many environmentally-aware people are now concerned with the safety of the ingredients contained in commercial products. Many hand sanitizers contain triclosan which has been linked to thyroid damage. Others are laden with synthetic fragrances which contain phthalates that are associated with reproductive problems. Fortunately, hand sanitizer is one of those products that can be easily and inexpensively made at home.

DIY Hand Sanitizer
The good thing about making your own hand sanitizer is that it doesn’t require a lot of expensive ingredients. Here is what you need:
  • 2/3 cup isopropyl alcohol
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel (can be purchased at any pharmacy)
  • 5-10 drops essential oil of your choice (can be purchased at health food stores)
  • 5 drops vitamin E oil (can be purchased at any pharmacy)
  • An empty pump container
In a small bowl, mix alcohol with aloe vera gel. Add essential oil and vitamin E oil. Mix well. And that’s all there is to making your own hand sanitizer.

Tips and Tricks
Here are a few things to remember when making your own hand sanitizer:
  • Don’t use more than the recommended amount of essential oils. Although essential oils are natural, they are very concentrated and powerful substances that can cause irritation if not diluted properly. Also, make sure ahead of time that you are not allergic to the plants that they come from.
  • Use essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, or tea tree oil for extra antibacterial action.
  • For a spray sanitizer to use on toys, door knobs, and even counter tops, simply omit the aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil and pour into a spray bottle.
  • Vodka can be substituted for isopropyl alcohol.
Germs are everywhere. Just think about how many germs we come into contact with on a daily basis by touching gas pumps, buttons on ATM machines, door handles, phones, and computer keyboards. But some of the ingredients in commercial hand-sanitizer might be even scarier than the potential pathogens that they are supposed to eradicate. The solution is to make your own hand sanitizer and carry it with you to clean your hands when soap and water is not available.

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