Conventional sanitizers and sanitizing wipes often contain harmful chemicals and ingredients like triclosan which disrupts our endocrine system, can lead to thyroid problems, and can be very harmful to our microbiome, the trillions of microbes that live in and on our body. Most of these are good bacteria and helpful for overall health. Thankfully, there are natural options for when soap and water are not easily accessible.
We have been making this simple homemade hand sanitizer recipe for years. Every time I use it at the grocery line, the cashier will comment on the lovely fresh smell. I typically add Lavender Essential oil to the mixture, but a nice citrus Bergamot essential oil like our homemade linen spray (tutorial coming soon), would be just as delightful for the senses during the spring season.
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This recipe makes enough for two, 2 ounce glass spray bottles. A perfect size for your purse, diaper bag, or children’s backpacks.
SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED
-2 ounce glass amber bottle with spray nozzle like this here.
-Glass measuring cup like this here.
5 SIMPLE INGREDIENTS
-1 tsp vegetable glycerin (I purchase ours from Mountain Rose Herbs here.)
-6 T Witch hazel, vodka, or alcohol (70-90%)
-20 drops of Tea Tree oil
-10-20 drops Lavender essential oil
-Filtered water to top off.
NOTE: We have been purchasing our essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs for years and more recently gave Revive Essential Oils a try. Read the reasons behind giving Revive Essential Oils a try here.
-2 T Aloe Vera juice (optional)
-1 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)
-Add your choice of anti-bacterial essential oils like, lemon grass, rosemary, clove, thyme, cinnamon, lavender, orange, peppermint
HERE COMES THE FUN PART!
We like to experiment with different combinations to find just the perfect scent. Making your own hand sanitizer at home is simple and can save you money. Follow these three simple steps to make your own.
Take your clean glass measuring cup and add all your ingredients. Mix well with spoon.
Place funnel on the neck of the amber bottle and pour contents into bottle, making sure to leave enough head space to prevent over spill.
Screw the spritzer cap back on and gently shake before each use.
Enjoy keeping your hands cleaner on the go without compromising a healthy microbiome. I made simple labels with my label maker to insure that everyone in the farmhouse knows what is in these bottles.
NOTE: Be aware if any of your essential oils are phytotoxic. Take precautions to prevent burning due to sun exposure.
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