How to Make DIY Aloe Vera and Lavender Hand Sanitizer
What we put on our bodies is as important as what we put into them, especially since we can absorb over half of what we apply. By choosing to omit the bad ingredients like toxins, chemicals and synthetic fragrances, we can whip up some healthy choices for all the family in the kitchen, all while costing considerably less.
This hand sanitizer is a perfect example of utilizing simple ingredients that stem from plants. What I have chosen to omit is just as important as what I chose to leave in this recipe. No irritating alcohol or hormone-disrupting toxins, which are both regularly found in commercial brands. There are homemade sanitizers that do have rubbing alcohol and vegetable glycerine added, but I have not tried these yet.
I wanted to go the no-alcohol route and keep costs down, while making an effective product that I could use on children over the age of two.
Homemade Aloe Vera and Lavender Hand Sanitizer Recipe
Here's how to make your own DIY aloe vera and lavender hand sanitizer:
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops sweet orange essential oil (optional)
- distilled water
- 4 oz dark glass spray bottle (blue, amber or green)
- Start by pouring your distilled water about 3/4 of the way up your bottle.
- Add the aloe vera gel.
- Carefully add the lavender and sweet orange essential oils.
- Secure with cap and give a good shake to mix.
- Apply a couple of sprays into the palms of the hands and rub hands together.
- Repeat as often as you desire.
- Make sure you keep the hand sanitizer out of reach of children and pets. While this recipe does not contain alcohol, the essential oils are potent and volatile, and thus not safe to be ingested by curious kids or pets.
- I would recommend buying the best quality ingredients and go with organic brands of the aloe vera gel and essential oils to be sure of getting the very best nutrients and benefits.
Handbag, Trial Size or Travel Size Recipe
You can also change the main recipe to the following quantities and use a 1 oz bottle:
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
- 1 drop of each essential oil (or 2 drops of lavender oil)
- distilled water
Simply follow the same directions as above, and you're all set. This size is good for keeping in the car, handbag, baby room, bathroom, kitchen, as a trial run or when traveling.
Where to Find High-Quality Aloe Vera Gel
I found out some time ago that aloe vera gel can be a difficult one to find without some unsavory ingredients. Here are some of the good guys that I would recommend.
This is a fabulous site to check out and you can purchase directly from them online. Their aloe vera gel contains aloe vera gel, xanthan gum, citric acid and potassium sorbate. Their gel can be a great value at $5.75 for 16 oz. Be sure to watch out for other special offers too.
This is a small business based in Texas that uses organically grown aloe vera. Their gel comes in different quantities and contains 99.75% aloe vera, potassium sorbate, and citric and ascorbic acid. A 32 oz (2 pk) size is $18.50, and they are also available all over the USA. For local stockists, check out their website.
Other Essential Oils You Can Use
These essential oils are antiseptic, antibacterial and many are anti-viral—they're versatile in the home, not too expensive and overall very cost effective. From house cleaners to homemade skin care, there are hundreds of uses and benefits for these oils. I have given a quick highlight of their many therapeutic benefits.
- Tea Tree: promotes calmness and makes us more alert. It's not the most attractive smelling option, but it is a big bug buster, as it's extremely antiseptic and antibacterial.
- Peppermint: energizing, calming and improves mental clarity.
- Cinnamon: one of the most antiseptic oils. It helps reduce drowsiness improves concentration.
- Eucalyptus: stimulating, removes fatigue, increases alertness, rejuvenating.
- Lemon: reviving, energizing, helps lift moods, rejuvenating.
- Rosemary: an excellent choice that improves memory, information retention and alertness.
- Grapefruit: improves immune system, lifts depression and helps headaches and tiredness.
- Clove: excellent disinfectant properties. It helps lift depression, fights lethargy and strengthens memory.
Though I have only used two so far, why not try a spin on the traditional Thieves oil?
Use five drops each of cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus and rosemary oils. Add 10 drops of either orange, grapefruit or lemon oils. The original recipe for this sanitizer used the mythical Thieves oil blend in higher quantities, but I tweaked it and found it was just as good in small amounts.
Think Kitchen Cabinet Before the Medicine Cabinet
Making your own product for keeping the hands free of germs and bugs is cheap, easy and can easily be adapted to meet your own needs or those of your family.
Looking at the changes through the years, it is good to see more awareness today on the hidden dangers that lie in mainstream products and the alternatives available. Try thinking kitchen cabinet instead of the medicine cabinet, and you will be amazed at what you come up with!
Do you fancy making your own hand sanitizer?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway