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Guest Blogger Friday: Natural DIY Hand Sanitizer

Guest Blogger Friday: Natural DIY Hand Sanitizer

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Morning all my lovely readers and welcome back to MomEtc for a little Guest Blogger Friday! Things have been so crazy at the Tournaud household the last few weeks. With my birthday celebration that lasted 2 weeks, to taking off to Hawaii with the family and now about to throw my daughter her 1st Birthday party this Saturday! Not to mention its also Father Day as well, which is my husbands first one so of course something special is in order! Talk about chaos right?? I am looking forward to calmer waters in the next few weeks and being able to dedicate more time to blogging and posting more fun stuff. One of the things I have been working on is getting my YouTube channel off the ground & cannot wait to share the first video with you all! Ok, back to this fun post by the talented Patricia Cornwell, she runs a team of carpet cleaners in Brixton, UK. Although Patricia does not have a blog of her own currently, she actively contributes to other bloggers quite frequently. What I love about her posts is they are all about making your own products from whatever you have in the cabinet, for the most part & who doesn’t love that right? Meet Patricia & I hope you enjoy 🙂

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The best way to wash your hands is to use water and soap. However, many times you find yourself in a situation where you have no access to water or soap, for example when you are on the road. In these times, hand sanitizers come in handy. Nowadays stores are abundant in almighty hand sanitizers but are they really good for you? The label on the back of the bottle says no. That small bottle of gel contains a number of harmful ingredients which you need to steer clear of, such as triclosan and parabens, to name a few. So why DIY hand sanitizer? Mostly because it’s much safer and you know what you put in it. Hence, here are two simple hand sanitizer recipes that take a few minutes. Take a look.

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Recipe #1

Things you will need:

*15 to 20 drops of essential oils of your choosing

*10 to 15 tablespoons of aloe vera gel

*Clean, empty silicone bottle/tube or another container

*A bowl

 *Here are a couple of oils to consider using and why:

 Lavender oil – smells great, it’s antiviral, antibacterial and it has a calming effect.

Cinnamon oil – antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial.

Rosemary oil – antibacterial and antifungal.

Clove oil – antibacterial and antimicrobial.

Tea tree oil – antimicrobial. It has the ability to kill fungi, viruses and bacteria.

Feel free to mix them together. Make sure to test each oil on your skin before use. Or consult with your health care provider. Even though essential oils are natural and healthy, they can cause a number of problems if your body doesn’t tolerate them or is allergic to any of them. An easy way to test an oil is to apply a small amount of it on your hand or anywhere on your arm. Wait for 24 hours. If nothing happens, then you can use the oil. However, if you have an allergic reaction, you shouldn’t use said oil.

**Why aloe vera? Because it is antifungal and antibacterial. Not only does it help dilute the oils, but it acts as a moisturizer.

Directions

Take one clean and empty silicone tube or a plastic container with a lid. Mix together the aloe vera gel and the essential oils in a bowl. Stir well. Pour the liquid into the container and close the lid. Use it as your regular hand sanitizer. Apply as much of the mixture as necessary to disinfect your hands. Store the tube in a cool and dark place to extend its shelf life.

Preparation time: no more than 5 minutes.

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Recipe #2

This recipe is a little bit more effective than Recipe #1 because it contains witch hazel.

Things you will need:

*15 to 30 drops of essential oils of your choosing (see above recipe for suggestions)

*10 to 15 tablespoons of aloe vera get

*1 tablespoon of witch hazel

*Clean plastic container or silicone tube

*Witch hazel contains alcohol, for this reason it has antiseptic properties. If you don’t want to add alcohol to your hand sanitizer, just use Recipe #1.

Directions:

In a bowl, mix all ingredients together. Start by pouring the essential oils. Add aloe vera and stir. Finally, add witch hazel. Stir well again. Place in a plastic container or silicone tube and store in a dry place.

Preparation time: no more than 5 minutes.

A few notes

Store-bought hand sanitizers use lots of chemicals and concentrated alcohol that ensure long shelf life. However, your homemade hand sanitizer is not likely to last that long. You can use it for no more than 30 days, provided that you store it in a dry place and out of direct sunlight.

Use your DIY hand sanitizer when you have been out in the open, before you eat at a restaurant, etc. It is not recommended to use it after you paid a visit to the hospital, however, because there are many resistant bacteria and germs out there.

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I hope you all loved this post as much as I did & if you have tried this or similar recipes please make sure to share with us all. I am sure we would love to know your secrets.  I think we all love products that we can make ourselves, aside from it being cost efficient, the best part is knowing ingredients that are being put into them. Patricia will be a regular here on MomEtc so make sure to check back for more of her recipes coming in a few weeks! In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed stopping by and please come back for Wonder Woman Monday for yet another inspirational woman that I get to call a friend.  Thank you & have a wonderful weekend ladies! <3

 

Monika Tournaud

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