I want to share my most favorite, all natural DIY hand sanitizer recipe. My family has used it for many years now.
We have never liked the hand sanitizers you buy in the store. They dry out your skin and sometimes burn when applied to typically dry or chapped fall and winter skin. The level of alcohol in them is also unsafe, especially for small children. Most sanitizers use methyl or isopropyl alcohol. We must remember that anything we put on our skin is absorbed quickly and easily.
The CDC and FDA recommend amounts of one or both antimicrobial alcohols in concentrations of 60-95% to kill bacteria! Just imagine how much your very small children are absorbing with multiple applications! But even scarier is when this is accidentally ingested by young children or, sadly, on purpose by teenagers. There have been a few cases were children and teenagers have been hospitalized for alcohol poisoning.
Other sanitizers use a form of an antibiotic compound called triclosan or triclocarban. FDA has stated that triclosan might pose a hazard to human health. It is a known hormone disrupter, affecting the way hormones work in the body. In addition, it compounds the problem of over-use of antibiotics and thus creating antibiotic resistance.
The recipe I use is very easy to make, and contains four ingredients! Safe and all natural! Essential oils are known for their antibacterial properties. I make up several bottles at a time and throw one in each vehicle, one in my purse, one in the gym or diaper bag (when I had little ones).
– 5 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
– 4 Tablespoons water
– 1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil OR 1/8 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil (FCO)
– 8 – 10 drops Protective Blend
– Small squeeze container (I use 1 ounce)
– In a bowl, combine aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil (or FCO)
– Add 8 – 10 drops of Protective Blend
– Add water and mix well. Add more or less water based on desired consistency
– Pour into small squeeze container for use
*Makes 3, 1-ounce bottles
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