How to make your own natural hand sanitizers

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Using essential oils to fight viruses.
You may wonder, will hand sanitizers work to kill viruses? The
answer is yes according to the science. In her article on hand-
sanitizers Katie Wells of the incorrectly stated
that essential oils can't kill viruses. This is false. In one sense she is
correct that hand sanitizers that include essential oils will act as an
anti-bacterial (and anti-bacterials kill bacteria), but Wellsnessmama.
com fails to follow through with the fact that essential oils also have
anti-viral properties. According to the U.S. National Library of
Medicine, National Insitutes of Health "
Essential oils have great
potential in the field of biomedicine as they effectively destroy
several bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens." So now you know that
essential oils are a natural remedy option to help you eliminate
bacteria and fungi, kill viruses and help prevent infections.

Happy endings...
When handwashing isn't possible, preppers rely on hand sanitizers to
keep the germs away. Now you know how to make your own germ
killer with essentials oils. Your new hobby will make you happier,
healthier and more in line with nature. Let nature be thy medicine!  

Make your own hand sanitizers. It's much easier than you may think.
How to do it? Make your own natural hand sanitizer with essential
oils and aloe vera gel. Making our own hand sanitizers is not only fun
and economical, it's healthier!

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Do it yourself: Hand Sanitizers
Make natural homemade hand sanitizers

How to make natural hand sanitizers.
Get ready for flu season by making natural hand sanitizers. It's
super easy and fun to make natural, homemade hand sanitizers
and they can work more effectively than the commercial varieties.

Did you know that most hand sanitizers are anti-bacterial, but not
necessarily anti-viral?

Besides, you never really know what's in those commercial hand
sanitizers. Skip the nasty made-in-China hand sanitizers and
make your own natural products with ingredients you trust, like
kid-safe lavender essential oil and aloe vera geltry making a
spray hand sanitizer with witch hazel and Ylang-Ylang. Below are
some easy recipes and ideas for making hand sanitizers...

How to Make Natural Hand Sanitizers
You can make powerful hand sanitizers using essential oils. Most
essential oils are anti-bacterials, but you can select essential oils
with anti-viral activity to help you combat the flu!

Medical News Today outlines six essential oils with anti-viral
activity against flu viruses, though not all are ideal for making
your own hand sanitizers unless as part of a blend, they are:
  1. Bergamot oil (uplifting citrus and ideal for sanitizers)
  2. Cinnamon leaf oil (not for sensitive skin)
  3. Eucalyptus oil is useful if inhaled, but dangerous if
  4. Lemon balm
  5. Red Thyme oil (different from white thyme oil)
  6. Tea Tree oil

Ready to do-it-yourself and make your own natural hand
sanitizers? You can make your own hand sanitizer very quickly
and you can make gel or a spray in five easy steps.  

Five steps to making a hand sanitizer:  

Step #1: Decide to make a gel or spray.
Making natural hand sanitizeris easier than you may think
because it requires just a few ingredients and a container. It's
satisfying knowing that the ingredients you select are natural and
healthy, but there are two kinds of hand sanitizers you can
  • Spray hand sanitizers may have rubbing alcohol as the base
    ingredient or witch hazel, but you'll need small spray bottle

  • Gel hand sanitizers use aloe vera or glycerin as the base
    ingredient and tend to be a bit stickier, and you'll need a
    flexible container to squeeze out your product.  

Step #2: Select your container.
Selecting your container may seem pretty simple, based on your
gel or spray decision above, but you'll have to give consideration
to the types of gel verses spray containers, such as:  

  • Plastic versus glass containers. Traditionally hand sanitizers
    on the market come in plastic containers, but your
    ingredients could interact with plastic and have negative
    long-term effects on your health. The benefits of glass is
    that glass is BPA-Free and lead free.  

  • Clear, amber or blue bottles. Amber glass containers, right
    offers UV protection for your finished product. The glass mist
    spray bottle, right is made of FDA approved materials which
    means you can safely use them for any concoction. When
    you consider that many essential oils come in amber
    containers, it may be a pretty easy decision. The set right
    includes two bottles with 4 spray heads, two pipettes for
    drops, and two small funnels, which is everything you need
    (minus the ingredients) to make your product.

Step #3: Shop for natural ingredients.
Select natural ingredients for your product, organic if possible.
Since anything you put on your skin absorbs into the blood
stream, you should ensure you use only natural products. Since
you don't really know the quality of the ingredients, it's better to
craft your own.

Ingredients for your hand sanitizer may include:

  • Carrier oils: Popular oils to use for hand sanitizer may
    include jojoba oil for its moisturizing content. Jojoba oil
    helps hands feel moisturized, not dry soft, not sticky and it's
    more stable than coconut oil. Have a look at carrier oils to
    choose the right one for your application.

  • Essential oils: While many essential oils are great for making
    hand sanitizers, some of the best essential oils to use for
    hand sanitizers include:

  • Lemon essential oil. Lemons have always been
    associated with cleanliness. You need only cut open a
    lemon and use the juice to effetively clean cutting
    boards and counter tops. The essential oil of lemon is
    even more powerful and derived from the skin of the
    lemon. Lemon essential oil is a natural disinfectant, but
    also an antibacterial that's great for the skin. Since it's
    a refreshing scent for your diffuser you'll find using
    lemon essential oil in your hand sanitizer a natural.

  • Lavender essential oil. Lavender essential oil is a clean
    crisp scent often used in laundry. It's an essential oil
    that's naturally

  • Glycerin: An ingredient of many liquid soaps, vegetable
    glycerin helps stabilize your hand sanitizer as it also keeps
    hands soft — even with repeated use.

  • Vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil is a great find because it
    nourishes your skin as it helps hydrate it. Choose an
    unscented Vitamin E oil, such as that from Healthy Priority,
    pictured right.

  • Witch hazel: Another ingredient you can use to make a hand
    sanitizer is witch hazel. Witch Hazel is ideal for use as a
    hand sanitizer because it's an astringent, antiseptic, anti-
    inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antibacterial. It's also an

Step #4: Start making your product!
Find your favorite hand sanitizer recipe or modify one. Below are
some videos to help you make a gel-based hand sanitizer and a
mist version.

How to make a gel-based hand sanitizer.
Gather your materials. Sara Ada shows you how to make your own
hand sanitizer using the following materials in the video below:

  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Rubbing Alchohol
  • Tea Tree Oil (we suggest using kid-safe lavender essential
    oil if you have kids)
  • Container
  • 1/2 Table Spoon
  • Spoon or Spatula
  • Measuring Cup
Amber mist bottles
Essential oil labels
Quinn's Liquid Castile Soap
Citrus Limonum
Tea tree oil
Plant Guru four pack of carrier oils
Quinn's witch Hazel
Above, Gorgeously Green shows you how to creating a safe, anti-bacterial
salve that's easy on the wallet as well as the environment.

Some essential oils to try in your home made hand sanitizers

  • Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil. Cinnamon bark essential oil is
    an antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial. Clear your
    mind and relax with cinnamon bark essential oil. Use
    cinnamon bark essential oil as a astringent, too. Researchers
    recommend the use of cinnamon essential oil in hand
    sanitizers, according to the New York Times.

  • Lemon essential oil. Lemon essential oil is a classic antiviral
    that works also as an antibacterial and antifungal. You really
    can get all three functions (antibacterial, antiviral and
    antifungal) in one essential oil.

  • Lavender Essential oil. Crisp and clean, lavender oil not only
    smells aromatic and refreshing, it's an antibacterial.

  • Frankincense. Frankincense has many antimicrobial
    properties and will make a nice hand sanitizer.

  • Thyme essential oil (adult use only). Thyme essential oil
    has antibacterial qualities, making it a candidate as a hand
    sanitizer, but it's not for everyone since thyme can cause
    skin sensitivities for some. Keep aawy from children! Thyme
    is considered a "hot oil" meaning don't use it with children.
    There's no need to risk a chemical burn! If you have an
    allergic reaction to rosemary, for example, then you'd also
    want to steer clear of thyme essential oil. It's potent stuff,
    but mixed into a salve can help prevent infections in cuts
    and scrapes. It's also highly valued medicinally to help the
    respiratory system.

Did you know that many essential oils are antibacterials?
You can dilute any of the following essential oils with water or an
aloe vera gel to
make your own hand sanitizers.
  1. bergamot essential oil
  2. geranium essential oil
  3. lavender essentia oil
  4. lemon essential oil
  5. lime essential oil
  6. oregano essential oil
  7. sweet orange essential oil
  8. rosemary essential oil
  9. thyme essential oil
  10. tea tree oil.

Step five: Put a label on it.
The final step in creating your own hand sanitizer is to label it.
The only downside to making your own hand sanitizers and other
products is that you may forget what's in the bottle! Down the
road you may be making all sorts of natural remedy products.
Essential oil is an ingredient in many home made products such
as flea and tick remedies, toenail antifungals remedes,
deodorants, linen spray, toilet or poo-pourri spray and more.

End the confusion with labeling. There are plenty of online
resources to create your own fancy labels. Here are some label for
your hand-sanitizers...

  • Uniclife essential oil labels. Pictured right, these labels are
    made of craft paper, good for labeling a multitude of objects.
    Keeping your Essential Oils organized has never been easy
    or more fun. They're easy to peel off when you need to
    change it for a new one and easy to write on. Compared to
    those simple paper label, craft paper label allows the
    handwriting to stay longer and not to fade away easily.

For best use, before sticking labels on bottles, be sure to wash
your hands and wipe bottles with rubbing alcohol to remove oil
Above, WhatsUpMoms shows how to make a natural hand sanitizer from
ingredients such as aloe vera gel, witch hazel, tea tree oil, Vitamin E oil and
essential oils like lavender.

How to make gel hand sanitizers:
The basic recipe to make your own hand sanitizer with essential
oils is to start with a quality aloe vera gel.

How to make a basic hand sanitizer:

Why the combination of these three essential oils?

  • Peppermint Essential oil. Peppermint essential oil has
    antimicrobial properties making it a great oil to apply
    topically. Peppermint essential oil also gives a cooling

  • Sweet Orange Essential Oil. Sweet orange essential oil is
    an antiseptic totally appropriate to apply directly to a cut or
    abrasion to disinfect wounds. Great for the skin, sweet
    orange essential oil also can help fight sepsis and a fungal
    infection. An interesting note is that sweet orange essential
    oil has anti-aging applications. It helps lift wrinkles! To boot,
    sweet orange essential oil boosts immunity, eliminates
    toxins, and alleviates anxiety. Among the most important
    benefits of sweet orange essential oil is its ability to target
    and disintegrate cancerous tumors.

  • Tea Tree Oil. Tea tree oil is another prepper favorite
    essential oil. Tea tree oil is an antibacterial, antifungal and
    has much value in prepping.

How to make spray hand sanitizers.
You can make your own hand sanitizer spray, too! To make a
spray hand sanitizer, substitute aloe vera gel for rubbing alcohol.
Unfortunately, the rubbing alcohol is often excessively drying to
the ski, which is why it isn't for everyone. If you have sensitive
skin, it will appreciate the hand sanitizer you make from aloe vera

You can make an organic, non-toxic hand sanitizer with simple
  • vodka
  • water
  • vegetable glycerin and
  • essential oils
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