Monday, 25 April 2016

DIY Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer doesn't take the place of washing you hands, but it's useful when you have little or no access to clean running water. Following the earthquakes here in Christchurch in September 2010 and again in February 2011 (plus all the after shocks) it got a lot of use in our house.

The combination of essential oils is based on Four Thieves. The story is that during a time of plague in medieval France four thieves were caught robbing the bodies of plague victims. They seemed to have some sort of immunity which they said was due to a combination of herbs, oils and vinegar. The thieves are supposed to have gained their freedom in return for sharing the concoction. 

While I can't say if the hand sanitizer will ward off the plague, the essential oils I've used used do have some germ-fighting properties.

Orange is antiseptic and is an anti-oxidant
Cinnamon Leaf is antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobal
Clove Bud is antimicrobal and antibacterial
Rosemary is anti-fungal and antibacterial
Lavender is antibacterial and anti-viral



Hand Sanitizer




Place the aloe vera gel and vegetable glycerine in a bowl and stir to combine. In another bowl mix the witch hazel (or vodka) with the vitamin E oil. To this bowl add the following essential oils, stirring to combine after each addition -



This makes about 1/3 of cup. If you choose to use vitamin E oil the hand sanitizer will keep for up to 12 months.





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17 comments:

  1. I bet this smells amazing! Are these the same oils that's in the essential oil theives? Thanks for sharing your recipe. Pinning!

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    1. These essential oils are the same used in 4 Thieves blend, though the proportions may be a little different. It smells great.

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  2. Awesome! This is a real money-saver, and the ingredients are easy to find. Thanks for sharing on Over the Moon! :)

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  3. thanks for sharing love all the effects of the ingredients have a great day

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  4. This sounds easier to make than I thought! Natural products are so much better for us but it is making the time to actually buy the ingredients and make them. Thank you for the recipe which I found at Upsy Daisy Linkup. I'm Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty.

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  5. Thanks for the recipe! Added to my Essential Oils Recipe board! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Have a great week!
    Kim

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  6. If you use the vodka (or can get even stronger industrial spirit) this will also help as a hand sanitiser. Most hand sanitisers used in the food industry are 70% alcohol based as alcohol is a disinfectant in itself.

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    1. Exactly so. Witch hazel has an alcohol base, but using vodka gives the hand sanitizer a bit more oomph. :)

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  7. This is fabulous! I just recently began making my own household cleaners and laundry detergent with essential oils. I cannot wait to make this and have on hand in my purse. What a cool little history lesson, too! Thank you so much for sharing with Upsy Daisy Linkup!

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    1. It's a lot of fun making your own products. And thank you for hosting the link-up :)

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  8. Love the story! Thanks for sharing with the Blog Fair.

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  9. What a great idea to make your own sanitizer instead of u sing all those store bought chemicals. Pinning this!

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  10. Great recipe! Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth!

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  11. Lovely hand sanitizer! I didn't know that it was this easy to make on my own. Thank you for sharing your post at the Over the Moon Link Party. You are one of my Feature picks for this week's link party, so come back tomorrow evening and grab your Feature Post Badge.

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    1. Thank you Sandy - much appreciated :)

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  12. I've always wanted to make my own safe and natural hand sanitizer. Thank you so much for sharing your healthy, natural DIY Hand Sanitizer with us on the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing.

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  13. That's neat to make your own hand sanitizer and I bet it smells really great too! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

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