Antibacterial hand sanitizers are usually easy to obtain at your local health food store or online. Most of these sanitizers contain antibacterial ingredients like a sort of alcohol.
If you are trying to find a good alternative to store-bought hand sanitizers, here’s how to make an essential oils hand purifier at home.
These DIY hand purifiers do not cost a lot to make. Especially if you produce them in bulk to stash in your purses or backpacks, you can save money while still getting your hands on the best hand sanitizer for your needs.
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Best of all – if you have plenty of these bottles around, you can keep them everywhere you may need them: in the car, or by your computer keyboard.
IMPORTANT: Please know that nothing homemade can be truly called a “sanitizer”. I’ve used this word solely for clarity purposes to the reader. Only commercial grade products can truly be called a sanitizer. In the U.S., Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification is required any time a manufacturer claims sanitizing properties.
Use Tea Tree Oil to Kill Most Types of Bacteria
Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) has been tested in clinical studies to kill most types of bacteria at a concentration of 1% or less.
I recommend that your homemade hand purifier makes use of tea tree essential oil. It’s an easy essential oil to obtain, fairly inexpensive, and if you have a starter kit at home, chances are you already have it in your home.
The World Health Organization recommends alcohol-based hand rubs as a quick means to “effectively inactivate a wide array of potentially harmful microorganisms on hands”. You can view their full to WHO-recommended Handrub Formulations here.
There are two types of alcohol, ethyl alcohol (plant based), and isopropyl (chemical based). When it comes to disinfectant properties, research shows that the two alcohols are the same. This same study also reveals that ethanol tends to dry out skin more than isopropyl alcohol. While ethanol is plant-based an one may thing it’s the superior choice, the preference for skin applications is isopropyl. Ethanol is the kind of alcohol you’d drink, so it is also found in grain alcohol like Everclear.
How to Make a Natural Hand Sanitizer
There are many great reasons to use a homemade hand purifier. This recipe is as easy as it is useful!
What You’ll Need
- Small squeeze bottles (like these ones here)
- 1 oz Aloe Vera gel (like this one here)
- 3 oz of at least 90% alcohol. Use Isopropyl rubbing alcohol or Everclear grain alcohol.
- 20 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- 14 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 12 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
- Get a few simple squeeze bottles with an easy-to-open cap.
- Combine alcohol and aloe vera in a glass bowl and swirl to mix.
- Add 14 drops Peppermint, 12 drops Sweet Orange, and 20 drops Tea Tree essential oils.
- Shake well to combine.
- Use as needed.
Not only will your hands smell nice, they’ll also be disinfected without the use of harsh chemicals. How easy was that?!
If you wish to alter the essential oils used in this recipe, I can recommend the following substitutions:
- 15 drops of Plant Therapy’s Germ Destroyer blend (it’s Kid Safe), plus 20 drops Tea tree. Great if you have little kids around or are going through the cold and flu season.
- 15 drops of Rocky Mountain Oils’ Immune Strength blend, plus 20 drops Tea tree. Great if you wish to strengthen your immune system while keeping your hands clean.
- 35 – 40 drops of Young Living Thieves® or Alternative “Thieves” Blends
Because this recipe uses a lot of alcohol, please use this homemade hand sanitizer sparingly. Alcohol can dry out the skin, leaving it susceptible to damage and cracking. And we don’t want that, right?!
Also, alcohol is flammable so please keep these hand rubs out of reach of the stove, microwave, candles, etc. Please also keep them far away from children to avoid accidental ingestion.