DIY Hand Sanitizer
Here is a simple do-it-yourself recipe for a hand sanitizer with alcohol for acute moments when soap and water are not available.
This recipe can also be used as anti-septic spray. It can be sprayed directly onto cuts and scraps or onto bandaids.
Isopropyl alcohol can be bought at most drug stores and pharmacies. It is used in this recipe as the main ingredient to help fight off bacteria, fungi and viruses (but again, not to replace hand washing with old soap and water). The aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil thickens the recipe while both nourishing the skin and soothing the cuts and scraps as as they both work on regenerating skin and tissue. These two will also balance out the drying effects of the alcohol on the skin. Lavender essential oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties while helps to prevent scarring. Frankincense stimulants the immune system, disinfects and tightens pores as well as supporting growth of new cells for faster healing of cuts and scraps. Lastly, tea tree oil is well known for its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties as sanitizer (for hands and for all-purpose cleaners). The mix of all three essential oils also give this remedy a lovely fresh scent!
What you'll need:
2 tablespoons of 99% isopropyl alcohol (70% is the typical amount and also a good option for this recipe, witch hazel is another great alternative for the alcohol)
3 teaspoons of pure aloe vera gel
2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil
12-15 drops each: lavender, tea tree and frankincense essential oils
2 small spray bottles (I find 4oz bottles the best to carry around)
How to make it:
Combine alcohol, aloe, vitamin E oil and essentials in a measuring cup with a spout. Transfer to small spray bottles, filling halfway. Fill the rest with filtered water and shake.