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Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Everyone around me is sick lately, and it has me washing my hands in overdrive, but if I'm not near a sink I use hand sanitizer. The problem is that those little bottles start to add up financially, and I feel bad throwing out so many plastic containers. Recently, my friend shared her recipe for homemade sanitizer with me and I've been a convert ever since.

What's cool is that the basic ingredients are things I already keep in my medicine cabinet: aloe vera gel and rubbing alcohol. You can make as little or as much as you want, but always use a ratio of six parts alcohol to four parts aloe vera gel for it to be effective. If you're a big germaphobe like I am you can also add tea tree oil — nature's antiseptic — to the mixture. I put about five drops into every half-cup of sanitizer I make. I also add lavender oil to the mix to kill the medicinal smell. From there, just add your mixture to a small bottle that you can always keep with you.

I still think that washing your hands trumps sanitizer, but this recipe is a great alternative to the store-bought stuff.

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alexandria1 alexandria1 6 years
just what I needed, believe it or not:) thanks!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 6 years
Cool idea. Those bottles do add up.
nancyeinhart nancyeinhart 6 years
What a cool idea. Never thought of that before.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Great idea! I keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse for when I can't wash my hands, but I'd like to have some homemade stuff so I know what goes into it.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
Thanks so much or posting this! I'm going to try making this for myself!
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