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Article Updated 3/15/20 {Note from Jessica: Today’s post is shared by my sweet friend Jess Kuh. Jess is a fellow real food blogger with a passion for natural living, herbs, and anything that keeps her family and home healthy. Her site, Simply Healthy Home is a treasure trove of great information about getting and staying healthy, all while living a happy life along the way! Make sure you stop by her website to check out her tasty recipes and DIY tutorials. Tell her I sent you! :)}

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I’m going to say something that is going to make me sound terribly old, but I’m going go for it….when I was in school I had never heard of hand sanitizer and I lived to tell about it.

Phew. Okay, now that I got that out of the way, let’s go on!

Our culture has become fearful of germs. That doesn’t sound too bad, right? It really isn’t. I’m all about staying away for unnecessary germ spreading. (this is why we stay home when we are sick). I also believe in being clean (I have two small boys, let me tell you, my bathroom needs a good cleaning almost daily!).

However, as a culture, we have turned our fear into a bad thing. We want to kill all the germs, all the time.

People are constantly using bleach wipes to clean, sterilizing everything under the sun and are heavily using antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer.

While none of those things are horrible on their own, the fact of the matter is that while doing this, we are not building up natural immunity and we are killing off our good bacteria! We don’t just use soap, we use antibacterial soap and sanitizers.

Antibacterial soaps and cleaners often contain Triclosan. Triclosan is an ingredient that has been proven to alter hormones in animals. Studies are still being done to see if it produces the same effect on humans to determine it’s safely. I’d rather not take the chance as we already face so many things that negatively affect our body. 

So, what’s a person to do?

Public restrooms can be some of the nastiest places to visit. While we try to avoid them if we can, some times you need to use them. And, any time there is a virus outbreak, hand sanitizer sales go through the roof.

Frankly, good old fashioned hand washing is going to be your best bet. So if you’re anywhere near a sink and some soap, opt for handwashing instead of hand sanitizer. And don’t forget to wash for 20 seconds MINIMUM! Most of us wash for 5-10 seconds on average and that’s not enough time to thoroughly clean your hands.

Good news! There are natural alternatives to keeping the germs away, while not killing your immunity! This is one of the areas where I really think essential oils shine. They are effective, non-toxic and when used in proper dilution, cost-effective.

The mix of oils I use is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic. Perfect for killing whatever your kids may get into without the harmful chemicals. While this happens to be my favorite mix, feel free to play around to find a scent that works for you.

One thing to keep in mind is that to be effective, the hand sanitizer must contain at least 60% alcohol. Most DIY hand sanitizers (and even a lot of storebought sanitizers) do not contain that much because people don’t want to use alcohol-based products. I get it, they dry out your skin something fierce. But according to the CDC, in order for a hand sanitizer to be effective, you need that high concentration of alcohol. 

Again, another reason why good ol’ soap and water will always win out. It’s a little more gentle on the skin. But, soap and water are not always available in a pinch. 

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DIY Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils

DIY Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils

Yield: Approx. 6 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The mix of oils I use is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic. Perfect for killing whatever your kids may get into without the harmful chemicals. While this happens to be my favorite mix, feel free to play around to find a scent that works for you.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel
  • 1 ounce of witch hazel
  • 2/3 cup alcohol (needs to be 60% or higher - the higher, the better. We are using Everclear (which is 95%) because I'm not a fan of rubbing alcohol, but you can use that if that's all you have)
  • 4 drops orange essential oil (see notes section below for an alternate essential oil idea)
  • 4 drops cinnamon essential oil (see notes section below for an alternate essential oil idea)
  • 2 drops clove essential oil (see notes section below for an alternate essential oil idea)
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil (see notes section below for an alternate essential oil idea)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients into a container and shake until well mixed.
  2. *Note: Make sure you check your ingredients because sadly, aloe gel is not always just aloe gel. You want a pure one.
  3. Tip: For a squeeze container, look in the travel section at your local grocery store or online. I find the perfect sized ones there for around $1.00 each. Amazon has these cute silicone bottles that would be perfect for this recipe. Glass is going to be ideal though, so you might consider these glass bottles instead.

Notes

Depending on what EOs you have on hand (or want to purchase), another option is to use a "germ fighter" blend that already has a bunch of EOs in it. For this recipe, I would use 12-16 drops of whatever blend you choose (more or less depending on your preferences). I like this Plant Therapy Germ Fighter blend. I like the Plant Therapy brand in general because the owners are awesome people, they provide high-quality oils, they are affordable for everyday use, and they are easily accessible.

Have you ever made your own hand sanitizer? What are your favorite essential oils to use? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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