The coronavirus pandemic is changing our lives radically. The use of hand sanitizer is becoming a norm but unfortunately, the constant use of alcohol and other chemicals dry our skin and could even irritate it. Let me show you how to make hand sanitizer with essential oils to ease these problems and keep your hands and skin smooth and organically healthy.
Just remember, hand sanitizers shouldn’t replace handwashing with soap. Sanitizers don’t eliminate all the germs, a nice 20 seconds scrubbing with soap and water is necessary to keep coronavirus out of the way. Use sanitizers when you can’t reach some soap and good old water.
What do you need:
2 Ounce Spray Bottle. Buy it here >
Keep it small while you learn how to mix essential and carrier oils in the search of your own personal fragrance. I recommend you to buy a few of these bottles to keep one in your car, your bag/purse, etc. The item I suggest you buy it’s a set of 3 spray bottles and includes a funnel, pipette, and 6 labels, tools that will make our project super easy and fast!
Alcohol (Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol) at 91%-99% volume. Buy it Here>
Alcohol is the most important ingredient because is in charge of disinfecting and sanitizing. Without this, the sanitizer won’t work. Also, alcohol diluted beyond 90% will result in a weaker sanitizer.
Carrier Oil (1/2 teaspoon). Buy it here>
Essential oils are concentrated extracts from oil plants. You need to dilute them before use them. I recommend coconut, sweet almond, and jojoba oil as they have moisturizing and protective benefits for your skin.
Aloe Vera Gel (2 teaspoons). Buy it here>
Aloe will give our hand sanitizer the gel properties we need. We recommend using 100% organic natural aloe vera gel, to keep the concoction free from anything artificial.
Glycerin (1/2 teaspoon). Buy it here>
Glycerin helps break up essential oils within the alcohol, dispersing them evenly in your skin. Glycerin also moisturizes your skin, developing a protective layer.
Essential Oils (10-12 drops) Buy it here >
For this project we are going to make a blend of essential oils with antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic qualities. You can choose any of the following list to start your experimentation, I will show you a couple of combinations. The link I added in the title is for a set of 20 essential oils that have most of the essential oils I’m using today.
Best Essential Oils for Hand Sanitizers
- Cinnamon– antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antiseptic
- Clove– antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal
- Eucalyptus– antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antimicrobial
- Geranium– antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiseptic
- Lavender– antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial
- Lemon– antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal (use with caution, could be phototoxic if exposed to sun)
- Peppermint– antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiviral
- Rosemary– antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial
- Sweet or wild orange– antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial
- Tea tree– antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial
- Thyme– antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiseptic
How to make hand sanitizer with essential oils:
1. Be clean to be healthy: Make the hand sanitizer in a clean space, with clean tools. Wash your hands before starting the process. You could even boil your bottles for 3 minutes prior to adding your ingredients.
Using the funnel we got from the bottle set, add the following ingredients to your bottle. Remember to leave an empty space for the sprayer when adding the alcohol.
2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil.
3. Add 2 teaspoons of aloe vera oil.
4. Add 10 to 12 drops of essential oils: Create your own blend or you can start with the combinations I use for myself:
Blends & Combinations
5. Add 1/2 teaspoon of glycerin.
6. Fill the rest of the bottle with alcohol.
7. Shake well and enjoy.
And that’s how you make hand sanitizer with essential oils! Write the name of the blend in the handy labels we got from the spray bottles and you are set to go!
Don’t forget this is not a replacement for water and soap. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a 20 seconds thorough hand washing with soap to kill all of the germs, specifically covid19 or coronavirus.