Everyone knows that dirty hands helps spread germs, which spreads flus, colds, and even some diseases. Many of us use hand sanitizer throughout the day, every day to protect ourselves from these bugs that can attack at any minute and are crawling all over our phones, keyboards, door handles, etc. However, the reality is that using these store-bought hand sanitizers may result in more harm than good.
Not only is the large amount of alcohol in them extremely drying and irritating for your skin, but they may also kill good bugs and may allow the bad bugs to become resistant to it, which pretty much defeats the purpose of using it in the first place.
To actually clean your hands quickly, conveniently, and efficiently, use an all-natural hand sanitizer that you can make yourself. Below are two effective recipes that can easily be made at home.
Natural Hand Sanitizer: Recipe #1
- Rubbing alcohol
- Aloe vera gel
- Cinnamon essential oil
- Tea tree essential oil
- Distilled water
- Any other essential oils you may like (for the smell)
- Glycerine (optional)
Mix ¼ cup aloe vera gel and one teaspoon of rubbing alcohol in a small bowl (you can also mix in ½ teaspoon of glycerine). Add 10 drops each of cinnamon and tea tree essential oils, in addition to any other oils you may have chosen.
Mix well and then add in the distilled water; add as little/much water as needed to obtain desired consistency. Use a funnel or dropper to transfer the solution to a small bottle. Use as you would any sanitizer!
Natural Hand Sanitizer: Recipe #2
Combine five tablespoon of aloe vera gel with ¼ teaspoon vitamin E oil. Add 8-10 drops of On-Guard Protective Blend (doTerra product). Add water until desired consistency is obtained. Pour the mixture into desired container.
Tip: Make sure all oils used are diluted and/or of a very high quality, especially when storing the solution in plastic containers.
Since these two recipes contain similar ingredients, it is easy to play around with both of them until you find the exact recipe/mixture that is best for you and your family. These two recipes will thoroughly cleanse your hands without drying them out or making you even more susceptible to germs.