Let me start off by saying this: I am NOT a germaphobe…
I think society’s current obsession with anti-bacterial everything is not only useless, but also dangerous. (I’m not interested in having Triclosan in my home, or contributing to the possible creation of antibiotic-resistant super bugs…)
I refuse to use bleach to clean, and I won’t buy anything labeled as “antibacterial” (soap, towels, cleaning supplies, etc…)
(Looking for some ways to replace the chemical-laden cleaning products in your home? Check out my collection of Natural Cleaning Tips!)
I’ve always wondered why it’s so important for people to sterilize and disinfect their toilet bowl… I mean, even if you do blast it with bleach, it’s only going to stay “disinfected” until the next use… Sure, I like to wipe down the outside of my toilet bowl with one of my homemade all-purpose cleaners, and I do clean the inside with vinegar and baking soda, but since I don’t plan to eat out of it, I don’t feel the need to “sterilize” it…
I know a lot of new mothers are quite sensitive about their babies being around dirt, but I am sort of the opposite… I truly believe that raising kids around dirt strengthens their immune system.
Prairie Girl has eaten her fair share of grass, dirt, hay, and possibly even *cough* goat poop. (No, I didn’t feed her the poop on purpose, but sometimes toddlers put things in their mouth before you can stop them. Don’t send me any nasty letters, please.) I also have no problem sitting on a bucket in the barn to breastfeed my babies if they get hungry while we are outside.
Needless to say, I’m not a big fan of those “waterless hand sanitizers” that everyone likes… I’ve never cared to use them, but this year has changed my mind a bit. It’s not “natural” dirt that I’m worried about, but rather all the nasty flu bugs that have been floating around…
Now, if one of us does come down with a bug, you can bet that I am well-equipped to go into battle with my trusty stash of essential oils. However, if I can avoid the issue to start with, I will.
I came across this recipe for DIY hand sanitizer and I decided to mix up a batch (with some of my own tweaks, of course). I’m sticking it in the diaper bag and plan to use it when we are running errands in town.
I like the fact that is all-natural and doesn’t contain harsh alcohols or synthetic ingredients. Plus, it leaves my hands feeling soft.
Homemade Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer
- 4 oz glass spray bottle
- 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel (buy it on Amazon–(affiliate link))
- 8-10 drops of vitamin E oil, optional (buy it on Amazon–(affiliate link))
- 30 drops total of one of the following essential oil combinations:
Lemon, lime, melaleuca, and lavender OR the DIY Anti-Bacterial Oil blend
Fill the bottle half-full with water. Add the aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, and essential oils. Fill the remaining space in the bottle with water and shake well.
Spray liberally on your hands and rub together. Repeat as needed.
A few notes:
- I used the vitamin E oil since it is nourishing for skin. If you don’t have it, that’s OK.
- If your spray bottle is bigger or smaller, no worries. Just adjust the recipe accordingly.
- Why I chose the lemon/lime/lavender/melaleuca combination of oils: Lemon, lime, and melaleuca are very antibacterial, as well as antiviral. The lavender also has some of these properties, but I mostly added it to make it smell pretty.
- Any essential oils with antibacterial/antimicrobial properties would be a good choice for this recipe. However, be extra cautious with “hot” oils such as cinnamon or clove, especially if you are planning on using this blend on children.
- I use and love doTERRA essential oils, and have had incredible success with them. You can read more about doTERRA essential oils here.
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