As the mom of three kids under age 5, I have never used hand sanitizer more than I do now. But all of those store bought antibacterial hand sanitizers kill the good bacteria as well as the bad and overuse can do more harm than good (hello, superbugs!). But I still want to protect my family, especially the baby, from all of the germs. So what’s a mom to do? I made my own hand sanitizer that disinfects and kills germs, while leaving the good bacteria on your hands and is moisturizing, too! Not only is it better for my family, but it is much cheaper than store-bought hand sanitizer in the long run. Here’s how you can make your own DIY hand sanitizer.
- 2 oz. travel-sized spray or squeeze bottle (depending on whether you prefer to spray or squeeze it)
- aloe vera gel
- witch hazel
- OnGuard essential oil (I use this for so many all-natural cleaning and disinfecting things around the house, and it lasts forever) or Thieves oil (people swear by this one too—both do about the same thing)
Step 1: Fill your bottle about half full with the witch hazel.
Step 2: Add approximately 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel (or until bottle is ¾ full).
Step 3: Add 12–15 drops of OnGuard or Thieves oil.
Step 4: Add water till bottle is just short of full (you don’t want to overfill because you need room to screw on the spray nozzle), or add more aloe vera instead of water if you want to put this in a squeeze travel bottle instead of a spray bottle.
Step 5: Shake well.
I like to keep one of these in my car to use immediately when I pick my son up from preschool, one in my diaper bag, and one in my regular purse so I always have one on the go when I need it. I also spray directly on grocery cart handles, anything within reach on an airplane, etc. This is all natural, but the ingredients should be kept out of eyes and mouths (due to alcohol in the witch hazel), so don’t use on babies or children too young to let it dry before putting their hands in their mouths or rubbing their eyes.
Do you like to make your own all-natural disinfecting or home-cleaning products?
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