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{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! :)}


by Jess Kuh
Simply Healthy Home

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.

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 are 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.

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A non-toxic DIY hand sanitizer
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  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. I find the perfect sized ones there for around $1.00 each.
DIY Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils // deliciousobsessions.com

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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