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How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

June 5th, 2013 Healthy Living

Germs are everywhere, and no matter how careful you are, there's no way of escaping them entirely. Since you can't always carry a sink with you, you may want to carry hand sanitizer to help kill these germs on the go. However, purchasing brand-name sanitizer can get expensive, so you may want to consider making your own. Creating your own homemade hand sanitizer can be fun and easy, and you may end up wondering why you've never done it before!

Prevention magazine spoke to Lawrence Rosen, M.D., who has his own special recipe for hand sanitizer. Rosen recommends combining 3 ounces of filtered water, 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel and 10 drops each of the following essential oils: cinnamon, clove, rosemary and eucalyptus. Finally, add 20 drops of lemon essential oil, mix the ingredients and put the whole mixture into a 4-ounce spray dispenser. 

If purchasing all of these essential oils isn't something you want to do, Education.com has a simpler recipe. Combine 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel, 2/3 cup of 99-percent rubbing alcohol and 8-10 drops of any essential oil you like - such as vanilla or lavender. Mix it all together, put it into a recycled soap container and you have your sanitizer. 

CNN explains that hand sanitizer works on contact, which means it will only protect the surfaces of your skin that it touches. This is why it's important to make sure that kids know to rub sanitizer on both hands. Lisa Bernstein, M.D., an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine, explained that if you miss even one spot between your fingers while applying sanitizer, chances are there will still be germs on your hands, so you need to make sure that you and your family understand how to properly apply this product. 

Homemade hand lotion
In addition to homemade hand sanitizer, you can make hand lotion right at home. Your hands are constantly exposed to elements that wear them down and dry them out. Lotion, used alongside sanitizer to keep your hands germ-free, is a great way to keep your skin replenished and hydrated. Certainly during the colder months of the year, hands tend to get uncomfortably rough, especially if you work in a tough climate. Lotion may be just what you needed to keep your hands silky smooth. 

Budgeting website The Dollar Stretcher has an "Orange Lotion," which contains a 1/2 ounce of melted cocoa butter, 1 ounce of warmed olive oil, 1 ounce of orange juice and 2 drops of any essential oils like the ones used to make your hand sanitizer. After mixing all the ingredients in a blender until light and fluffy, there's no need to refrigerate this combination, although it may later separate and need to be beaten together again. 

Making these two products can be a great activity to do with kids. Not only does it show them how to be frugal, but it can also teach them a healthy and natural lifestyle that will stick with them throughout their daily life.