It’s that time of year again when your little ones go back to school and bring home more than homework. This is the beginning of cold and flu season! During this time of year we all need to take a little more care and keep those nasty germs off our hands. I have a wonderful recipe for natural hand sanitizer that all my little nieces and nephews call candy cane spray.
After working in the Pediatric dental field for 17 years my hands are now extremely dry and cracked and in need of some TLC. Some days I would wash my hands at least 120 times. NO JOKE! Recently I have been researching alternatives to the chemical clinical strength hand sanitizer. I made my own based on the antibacterial properties of some natural ingredients I had on hand.
Commercial hand sanitizer is laden with harmful chemicals and fragrances. There is an ingredient called Triclosan in most hand sanitizer that acts like an antibiotic which in turn builds up our antibodies making it harder to treat us with antibiotics when we really need them. NOT GOOD!
NATURAL DIY HAND SANITIZER
- 2 oz glass spray bottle
- funnel (if you want)
- Tablespoon and teaspoon measurement tools
- Bowl for mixing (if you want)
- Fractionated Coconut oil (antibacterial)— 2 teaspoons
- 100% pure Aloe Vera gel (all around amazing for skin)—2 teaspoons
- Tea tree essential oil (antimicrobial)—15 drops
- Witch hazel (astringent)—1 tablespoon
- Peppermint essential oil (antibacterial, fungal and viral)—15 drops
- Lavender essential oil (antibacterial and antiseptic)—5 drops
- Filtered water. (steam distilled is best)
Mix all the ingredients in either a small bowl or add directly to the bottle using a small funnel. I used the funnel and found that you need to add the Aloe Vera first so the other ingredients will push it through the funnel. Once you have added all the ingredients fill the remainder of the bottle with water. Leave a small space at the top so you can shake all the ingredients together. If you prefer gel style hand sanitizer add 2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera and put in a pump or squeeze bottle. Shake well before every use!
Click here for the candy-cane-label. Just download, print, cut out and tape onto bottle using clear packing tape.***I’m a newbie at making printables. Hope you like them. I left some labels empty just in case you need them.***
Please play it safe and use the chemical strength hand sanitizer (like Purell) if you are in a hospital setting where there is drug resistant bacteria and viruses!!!!! This natural hand sanitizer is for the situations where you are at the store, play ground, school, church or on the bus and need a little hand cleaning. Before using it on your children make sure that you test it first on your own skin to ensure that it is not going to irritate your skin.
I have been using this mixture for 6 month now on my own sensitive skin as well as a couple of my nieces and nephews (who love it) with great results. I do have very dry, cracked skin and eczema and have had no irritation or side effects.
***I have not tested it with the use of gloves. Oil is not good for latex or nitrile gloves in general and may cause problems with the integrity of the gloves.***