Commercial hand sanitisers contain toxic ingredients, some of which have been linked to cancer. The ingredients in this homemade hand sanitiser such as aloe vera, vitamin e gel and vegetable glycerin, are nourishing and moisturising to the skin and make them feel soft and clean.
There are many different variations of homemade hand sanitisers that you can make starting with very few ingredients to several ingredients. It is simple and fun. There is a range of essential oils you can choose from for your product as most of them are highly anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral.
I have chosen this lovely smelling variation based on the most anti-bacterial essential oils I happen to have in my collection right now. Some essential oils have higher anti-bacterial properties than others - for example oregano, thyme and ginger - but most will kill off harmful germs (keep in mind that not all germs are bad, our immune system does need some germs to be able to kill off illnesses when they arrive).
I have also chosen not to use vodka simply because I didn't have any at the time and it is not a necessity (alcohol itself does kill off a lot of germs so it is a good idea to use it if you have some on hand). Your hand sanitiser will also work fine without vegetable glycerin.
This hand sanitiser is safe to use on your children and will kill off any nasty germs - be sure to do a skin patch test on your child first if they are prone to allergies or have very sensitive skin. The base for my hand sanitiser is aloe vera gel which has a nice consistency as well as being extremely healing for the skin.
A good ratio to go by is 70% aloe vera gel to 20-30% essential oil. If you are using a container of 100ml then you will fill 70% of that with aloe vera and the rest essential oils, vitamin e, and vegetable glycerin.
You will need:
A dark bottle to store the hand sanitiser
A bowl and a wooden spoon to mix
1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
70% aloe vera (depending on the size of your bottle)
1/2 teaspoon vitamin e gel
2 drops cinnamon essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops eucalyptus oil
Step 1. Mix the aloe vera, vitamin e gel and vegetable glycerin.
Step 2. Once mixed, add the essential oils carefully (taking note that each one comes out at different speeds).
Step 3. When thoroughly mixed, transfer the mixture into your dark bottle (this can be difficult and a bit messy).
Step 4. If there is a fair bit of space left over, you can fill some of it with filtered water.
Step 5. Once all the ingredients are in the bottle, shake slowly for a couple minutes.
In regards to the bottle you use to store this product, try and make sure that it is dark in colour considering that essential oils are light sensitive (meaning they will go bad after a certain amount of time if exposed to the light).
If you prefer a spray hand sanitiser, you can use aloe vera juice instead of the gel, and a spray top lid on your bottle instead.
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