Store bought hand sanitizers are great at killing germs but are full of chemicals. You can make your own DIY hand sanitizer with essential oils that works just as well without the harsh chemicals.
By Contributor Jessica Young
Let’s face it, kids are germ magnets. If there is something gross to be touched, their little hands will find it. And, if your child is like my youngest, their hands go in their mouth immediately after touching said gross object. Ick.
Being in tune with trying to avoid chemicals always make me feel vulnerable when we are visiting places that I know are LOADED with germs (like those icky toys at the doctor’s office).
I want to let my kids enjoy playing with the toys but I also don’t want them touching all of the toys. And, I really don’t want to use toxic chemical-filled hand sanitizer, either.
When we got sick (again) after a visit to the dental office, I decided I need to figure out the best way to help avoid some of the germs.
That’s when I realized just how awesome essential oils are for this kind of job.
Essential oils are not only effective at killing germs – they’re natural too. It’s a total win/win in my book.
While I know people consider essential oils to be pricey, if you look at the break down of how long a bottle of oil can last you, not just the up front price, it really is a steal.
They have so many uses, you really can’t go wrong with investing in a few oils to keep on hand.
When making a homemade hand sanitizer, I like to look at a few factors – you can use a ton of different oils to accomplish the same job, but certain ones will yield better results.
I like to pick oils that kill germs but also that are easy on the skin. Two of my favorites are tea tree oil and lavender.
I also make sure that I am not using a citrus oil as they can lead to a problem if you are exposing your skin to the sun after use. It just seems easier to not use them for topical use. I save those for cleaning products like this citrus cleaner.
If I want something heavy duty, I like to use the onGuard blend, or something similar. This works super well and I really enjoy the scent.
To really maximize the benefits of your DIY hand sanitizer, use it before and after your outings. Most people use it after, but adding a spray before you touch things also helps prevent the germs from even being on your hands.
I have seen a HUGE improvement in the colds we bring home since using homemade sanitizer.
Hand washing is important, but a little spray bottle is much more convenient for us busy moms to keep those hands germ-free!
- 4 ounces of water
- 4 ounces of aloe juice (Make sure you are not getting the gel)
- 2 tbsp of witch hazel
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
- 10 drops of tea tree essential oil
- Gather your tools: a glass jar (to store your extra spray in), and a small spray bottle
- Put all your ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake well
- Pour off some of the liquid into a small spray bottle
My favorite DIY items are ones that are easy. I also love that I can help my kids stay healthy without using harsh chemicals. It really is great for the entire family!
I keep a small bottle in my purse, diaper bag and an extra in the car. Along with a healthy diet, some winter time immune boosting herbs and this blend of hand sanitizer, we have been able to stay pretty germ free during the cold and flu season!
[Related: How to Fight the Cold & Flu Season Naturally]
What are some of your favorite tips on avoiding germs?
I'm Beth. I created Red & Honey because I'm obsessed with the wild art of wellness.