Monday, April 16, 2012

DIY Hand Sanitizer

Using hand sanitizer has become super popular these days. Everywhere you look there seems to be a sanitizer dispenser ready to be used. Everyone that I know keeps a small bottle in their car or purse. I love to take a trip to the mall with my daughter Destiny, picking through the endless bottles of fun hand sanitizers at Bath and Body Works. However, store bought sanitizers can be expensive and often contain harsh chemicals. We have decided to make my own hand sanitizer which is more affordable, safe and fun to boot.


To make your own hand sanitizer, you will need to purchase just a few ingredients. All of the ingredients in this mixture are safe and natural. If you are also concerned about the ingredients or just want create delightful glittery colors and scents, you can make your own hand sanitizer. It's extremely simple and super duper fun to create your own customized scents to suit your nose. Let go, grab the ingredients, and make some hand sanitizer!


Hand Sanitizer Recipe
Ingredients:
1 Cup of 100% Aloe Vera Gel
6 Tablespoons of Witch Hazel
2 Tablespoons of Rubbing Alcohol (optional)
1 Drop of Tea Tree Essential Oil
4 to 8 Drops of Jasmine Essential Oil (or scent of your choice)
Pink Glitter (optional)
Soy Based Pink Food Coloring (optional)
Instructions:
Here's what you do... first gather your materials together. Then mix the aloe vera gel, witch hazel, and rubbing alcohol together until well blended. Add 4-8 drops of essential oil to the mixture, and stir well. Just for fun add glitter and food coloring. Pour the finished hand sanitizer into an empty container.
Directions:
Once applied, just rub your hands together until the moisture evaporates and the stickiness vanishes.
Whaa-laa! Done!

Tips:
  • Many essential oils like tea tree, lemongrass, lemon, cedarwood, clove, peppermint and lavender have antibacterial properties. Use one of these essential oils to boost the germ fighting power of your sanitizer.
  • If you find the consistency to be too thin, add more witch hazel or rubbing alcohol a teaspoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Destiny and I love anything that is sparkly; so we love adding a pop of glitter to our hand sanitizers. 
  • Recycle old liquid soap or hand sanitizer bottles, and refill them again and again.
  • Witch hazel, tea tree oil both have antiseptic and astringent properties which make them great for killing germs.
  • If you feel your sanitizer is a bit to sticky, simply add a bit more rubbing alcohol.
  • If you would like to avoid use rubbing alcohol, simple omit it from the recipe.
  • The aloe vera gel will help soothe skin and keep skin from drying out.
Ooooooo, I love our new hand sanitizers with different intoxicating scents and super fun sparkly colors.
Thanks to all of you for following along with my blog. If you would like to see more DIY recipes stop back by often. If you are not following along, please consider becoming a new follower. It would make me gloriously happy. :o)
Smiles, Paula


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23 comments:

  1. How totally cool is this?!?! LOVE IT!

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  2. Ok, this is an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Round Up.
    Rose @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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  3. For sure going to be trying this one out!

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  4. Great idea to make your own! I was just thinking that I'm going to need this now that my son is grabbing everything he can find!

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  5. What a great idea Paula ! I am passing this along to my daughter-in-law , she goes through a lot of it ! Thanks for visiting my blog ! I appreciate comments too :) I'm also a new follower !

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  6. This is amazing! My family is always teasing me about having to use hand sanitizer and what a germaphob I am! I love this idea. Pinning and making soon!!! Thanks.

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  7. Thanks for posting this Paula, who knew? Love the sparkles. I read your blog a lot, never comment.:=}

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  8. Thanks for this recipe Paula. Can't wait to try and make some myself. Use a lot of it here at work. Sparkles won't work here but everything else will.

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  9. First time in your blog and i love it!!! you have really awesome ideas Thanks for sharing!!!! i will be back soon ;) probably everyday! :D

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  10. FOLLOWING YOU ON PINTEREST :D

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  11. What a great recipe. I think I'm going to see if I can find the ingredients and make some for my hubby. He likes to have it at work. Maybe minus the pink.;)

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  12. Wow, this is a great idea! I think I'll make this with my daughter over the summer.

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    1. This is a great project to make with little ones. :o)

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  13. Love the recipe, think I will try it as soon as the batch I just made runs out...I have a huge batch of hand sanitizer I made several months ago not so sure I dig the consistency- was thinking of placing it in a spray bottle or a foaming dispenser, bc you have to have a thinner product anyways and KIDS LOVE the foam..wonder if the sparkle would work in the foaming container?

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  14. Wow, this is a great idea! I think I'll make this with my daughter over the summer.
    Nice post. I use hand sanitizers only to deodorize my hands "after" a meal. Am very uncomfortable using them to clean my hands before eating since am unsure if any residue is going to go into my mouth :-( N yea, like u, i prefer proper hand-washing anyday :-)

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  15. hi I made several months ago not so sure I dig the consistency- was thinking of placing it in a spray bottle or a foaming dispenser, bc you have to have a thinner product anyways and KIDS LOVE the foam..wonder if the sparkle would work in the foaming container?

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  16. love this! thanks for sharing..

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