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Make It Yourself: All Natural Hand Sanitizer

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I get it- the world is a germy place...and everyone wants to keep away from all of the icky germs that make us sick. BUT I have always been against using store bought hand sanitizer. Not only is it full of nasty chemicals that I have a hard time pronouncing, but most hand sanitizer not only kills the bad bacteria, but also the good bacteria that protects us from the bad.

Essential oils, on the other hand, have been used for their antibacterial and antiviral properties for centuries. They can keep the bad bacteria away without killing off the good bacteria.

Making your own is so quick and easy, you'll wonder why you haven't done it before now. The following recipe has vodka in it, but you can easily substitute it for more witch hazel. Alcohol is a fabulous disinfectant, so please don't discount it quickly.


2 tsp. witch hazel
2 oz. vodka
5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil (antiseptic, antibacterial)
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial)
10 drops Lemon Essential Oil (antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, disinfectant)

Put all of the ingredients together in a spray bottle or roll top applicator and use as normal.

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This is a power packed combination with a nice, clean lemon scent- you can't go wrong!

Want All Natural Hand Sanitzer, but don't have time to make it? You can buy it here!

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