It’s that time of year – cold and flu season. The weather is changing, school is in full swing, and germs are EVERYWHERE! There is nothing worse than passing a bug around until each family member is miserable. Who wants a sick family?! Not me. One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs and disease is to wash your hands religiously…but can you honestly say you wash your hands as often (or as long) as you should?
I am on the go and exposed to so many people each day that I needed something when soap and water weren’t available. I was using commercial hand sanitizer until my hands started drying out too much, not to mention that I hated the smell. Then I read that new research is finding we absorb more of the ingredients from hand sanitizer into our blood stream than previously thought because of the fact that we don’t wash off the sanitize. WebMD reports the FDA is looking into the safety of regular exposure to ingredients like alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, and benzalkonium chloride (common ingredients found in commercial hand sanitizers). I wanted to find a healthy alternative that I could safely use over and over without worry about what it might be doing to my body. I went searching and found this amazing recipe on Garden Therapy and now I use nothing but this recipe. It packs a punch against bacteria while moisturizing my hands, not to mention it smells fantastic!
With a few simple ingredients (ones that can be used in so many other DIY recipes) I was able to get six – 3 ounce hand sanitizer bottles out of this recipe. I keep them in the car, my purse, around the house, etc. These are great for the times you are on the go without access to water and soap.
**Thieves essential oils should not be used on children under 10 years of age because of the eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils. You can substitute Thieves with Germ Destroyer by Plant Therapy in the Kidsafe line (safe for kids 2-10 years old).
- 1/3 cup pure witch hazel, get here
- 2/3 cup 100% pure aloe vera gel, get here
- 15 drops Thieves essential oil blend (5 drops of clove essential oil, 4 drops of lemon essential oil, 3 drops of cinnamon essential oil, 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, 1 drop of rosemary essential oil) get here
- 1 capsule of vitamin E oil (to preserve & keep fresh for several months), get here
Whisk all ingredients together in a glass bowl. Pour into squeeze bottles or a pump bottle, or recycle old hand sanitizer containers like I did. Shake well before each use. Apply a nickel-sized amount and rub until fully absorbed. It will take a little longer to fully absorb into your skin because of the Aloe Vera, which actually moisturizer your skin while it absorbs.
What do you do to keep germs away?
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