How to Make a Natural Hand Sanitizer.
We are currently facing a bit of a worry with the corona virus. Now you might think it is all a big hype and it is just another strain of the flu, or you might be very worried. Either way, as a nation we ought to be washing our hands much more. I always do it after the loo….who doesn’t?! But, have a think about all the things you and others touch during your day, sharing your germs as you go. Money, escalator rails, key boards of a public computer, shaking someone’s hand, opening a door…And, if they sneeze into their hands; because they haven’t a tissue, as we are encouraged to do, have they then washed their hands or did they simply wipe them down their jeans?!!!!
I hadn’t really given it much thought until recently. Now I have become increasingly conscious of germs. The best thing to do of course is to wash our hands in hot water, using soap, for 20 seconds. This is the latest advice to help keep the corona virus contained. If you haven’t access to a soap and water then hand sanitizer is the next best thing.
If you don’t want to buy some, or can’t as there isn’t any left on the shelf don’t panic as making some is easy as 1,2,3,4!
- Plain vodka (a cheap brand is fine, you’re not gonna drink it!)
- Aloe Vera gel
- Lavender essential oil
- Ti Tree essential oil. If you find Ti Tree too strong then you could use Lavender & Peppermint instead.
- Small 1-2 oz bottle. This can be a plastic squeeze bottles or plastic or glass spray bottles work well. These can also be bought from Wilko’s or some where similar in the travel section.
Fill your bottle to 1/3 of the way full with cheap vodka (you’re not gonna drink it so buy cheap!!)
Add 10-15 drops each of Ti Tree and Lavender essential oils. These both have natural anti – bacterial properties so will help kill off germs. In addition this combination smells lovely.
Fill up your bottle with aloe vera gel. Leave some room at the top of the bottle as the next stage is to shake it all up together!
Once all the ingredients are fully combined use as needed!
Apart from the vodka, the other ingredients can usually be bought from a local pharmacy