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DIY Hand Sanitizer Using Essential Oils

It’s important to keep ourselves and our families safe and healthy. Washing our hands with soap and water is one of the best ways to keep germs off of them and stop the spread of bacteria. But when we don’t have a sink around, hand sanitizers will do the trick! Homemade hand sanitizers are fun, customizable, and a great solution when we don’t have access to store-bought hand sanitizers or we simply want a more natural alternative. There are a handful of essential oils that may assist as antiviral and antibacterial ingredients that give any DIY hand sanitizer that extra boost! Not to mention the aromatherapy and therapeutic benefits. 

Top essential oils to consider when making homemade hand sanitizer:

When making hand sanitizers there are a couple of options to think about:

  • Witch Hazel Extract: Witch Hazel nourishes the skin and can be a substitute for alcohol if we want an alcohol-free recipe. It is also a great option for sensitive skin.
  • Alcohol (190 Proof): This is a common ingredient in most hand sanitizers. It has strong anti-microbial properties and maintains the integrity of the recipe. Alcohol can be very drying to the hands so adding extra moisturizers to our recipe can help balance the effects. Use sparingly. 

Below are a variety of 5 different DIY hand sanitizer recipes to help get you started...

Gentle Citrus Hand Sanitizer

Gentle Citrus Hand Sanitizer

*Alcohol-free, gentle for sensitive skin, safe for children

Ingredients

Instructions

Add all of the ingredients to a 2 oz amber glass bottle, adding the water last. Leave space at the top and shake until thoroughly combined. To use, apply 3-5 drops onto the palm, enough to cover all surfaces of the hand. Rub your hands together until they feel dry. Do not rinse or wipe off the hand sanitizer before it’s dry. Store in a dark, cool location for longer shelf life. 


Forest Fresh Hand Sanitizer

Forest Fresh Hand Sanitizer

Ingredients

Instructions

Add all of the ingredients to a 2 oz amber glass bottle, adding the water last. Leave space at the top and shake until thoroughly combined. To use, apply 3-5 drops onto the palm, enough to cover all surfaces of the hand. Rub your hands together until they feel dry. Do not rinse or wipe off the hand sanitizer before it’s dry. Store in a dark, cool location for longer shelf life. 


Sweet Mint Mist Hand Sanitizer

Sweet Mint Mist Hand Sanitizer

*Alcohol-free, gentle for sensitive skin, safe for children

Ingredients

Instructions

Add all of the ingredients to a 1 oz misting spray bottle, adding the water last. Leave space at the top and shake until thoroughly combined. To use, mist enough to cover all surfaces of the hand. Rub your hands together until they feel dry. Do not rinse or wipe off the hand sanitizer before it’s dry. Store in a dark, cool location for longer shelf life. 

Floral Hand Sanitizer, Alcohol-Free

Floral Hand Sanitizer

*Alcohol-free

Ingredients

Instructions

Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl. Whisk together until thoroughly combined. Place mixture into a 2 oz amber glass bottle. To use, apply enough to cover all surfaces of the hand. Rub your hands together until they feel dry. Do not rinse or wipe off the hand sanitizer before it’s dry. Store in a dark, cool location for longer shelf life. 

Nourishing Hand Sanitizer

Nourishing Hand Sanitizer

Ingredients

Instructions

Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl. Whisk together until thoroughly combined. Place mixture into a 2 oz amber glass bottle. To use, apply enough to cover all surfaces of the hand. Rub your hands together until they feel dry. Do not rinse or wipe off the hand sanitizer before it’s dry. Store in a dark, cool location for longer shelf life. 

*Again, washing our hands with soap and water is the recommended solution to fighting viruses and spreading bacteria. Information about these recipes has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult a doctor or specialist for specific concerns. Please use your discretion, based on your own research, when making homemade products.
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