Oh, clean hands. I don’t know what those are anymore. Between changing dirty diapers, dealing with our chickens (how they even get poop in some places boggles my mind), boogers, craft projects, cleaning the house, and cooking (anyone else despise touching raw meat?), my hands never feel clean. While we don’t need to be absolute germ-a-phobes because some germs are good, sometimes you just need a good, natural hand sanitizer. Like when you’re traveling back home for the weekend and have to stop at a crusty gas station to change a poopy diaper, and of course they have run out of soap in the bathroom. Yea, that would be a good time.
My hubby is self employed, drives around the area, and sees lots of people every day. His car is his office, and he literally does everything in there – including eating. So, the man needs this. Seeing lots of people, touching lots of doors, and eating (constantly, I might add. Seriously, all he does is snack all day long. Love you honey!), so good hand hygiene is a must, and he can’t always make it to the bathroom to wash his hands. But don’t go crazy. You don’t need to sanitize all of the time, which scientists believe is helping create super bugs. Especially if you are using regular hand sanitizers that are full of harmful chemicals (see here) that have been linked to endocrine disorders, cancer, and more. Did you know the chemicals in regular hand sanitizer show up in breast milk (source)? Not something I want to be using while I’m breastfeeding, which seems to never end.
This natural hand sanitizer has just a few ingredients: aloe, alcohol or witch hazel, and essential oils. You will want to choose essential oils with some anti-bacterial properties like tea tree, cinnamon, thyme, oregano, or peppermint. If you are pregnant, nursing, or have young children, always check before using essential oils. Some are not appropriate for those groups. For instance, peppermint should not be used on or around young children (can cause breathing to slow) or breastfeeding women (can dry up milk). You can check these lists from Mommypotomus for safe essential oils during breastfeeding and pregnancy, and this list for infants and children.
DIY Natural Hand Sanitizer
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel (I use this one)
- 2 Tbs rubbing alcohol or witch hazel
- 5-10 drops of antibacterial essential oil (such as tea tree, cinnamon , thyme, oregano, or peppermint)
Directions: Mix together ingredients and add to a small, squeezable container (like these). I just used one I had on hand because I’m
To use: Apply a dime-size amount to hands and rub together. Allow to dry. Keeps for 1-2 months. Of course, keep out of reach of children.
Super simple and you can whip it up in a minute. Do you use hand sanitizer a lot?
Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA or tested in a lab. Please consult a doctor and conduct your own research before trying.
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