Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Make your own Hand Sanitizer


DIY Hand Sanitizer
If you're like me, you don't like to spend much on hand sanitizer.  It's expensive, and there are much better things on which to spend money.  On the other hand, you'll do just about anything to keep your family well.  Since there must be a middle ground, we make ours from a few simple ingredients, easily found at drugstores across America. Www.fitday.com has a good little article on the importance of carrying hand sanitizer around (specifically to the gym, in their article...and we DO believe that's a good place to have it on hand). Here's to good health and clean hands, even when there's no soap around!  

First things first, what you'll need to have on hand to make batches upon batches of inexpensive, highly effective hand sanitizer:


  • Ethyl Alcohol
  • Witch Hazel
  • Essential oil or lightly scented parfume/eau de toilet
  • A small spray bottle similar to the Burt's Bees hand sanitizer bottle, pictured above.
The basic recipe is to use 60% Ethyl alcohol, 30% water & 10% Witch hazel; then spritz in some of your favorite fragrance or add a few drops of essential oil.  Essential oils are very strong, but extremely beneficial (see http://doterrablog.com/).  I always leave a little room at the top of my spray bottle to allow for the addition of fragrance.  It's also fine without fragrance.   


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