Having a ton of aloe vera on hand tends to be a good thing when you want to make your own homemade hand sanitizer.
Fortunately, my 2 large aloes have made almost 10 pups in the last year. Aloe vera has many benefits. One of the benefits of aloe is that it’s antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, plus many more. (5, 6-9)
These properties make aloe vera a great ingredient to use in homemade hand sanitizer.
Sanitizer vs. Hand Washing
Many doctors still believe that nothing can compare to a good ole’ hand washing.
Hand sanitizers may help you cut down on the bacteria. However, it can’t take the place of washing hands with soap and water.
Using hand sanitizer, in my opinion, should only be used when soap and water are not available.
Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipes
Note: Some people have bad reactions to using aloe vera externally or internally. If you’re allergic to aloe vera, don’t use this recipe!
These hand sanitizer recipes have not been evaluated by the FDA to my knowledge and is not meant to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any diseases or disorders.
Simple Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe
This recipe is a little more gentile. Safe enough for kids to use. However, don’t let them consume it.
- Add both ingredients to a reusable plastic bottle.
- Secure lid.
- Shake vigorously to mix ingredients.
- Use when needed.
Powerful Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe
This recipe is much stronger than the one above. This recipe is not suggested for use on children.
Take care when using essential oils. Some people may be allergic to the essential oils or the aloe vera gel. It never hurts to consult one’s doctor before using homemade care products.
- 1/2 Tbsp rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, or high proof vodka
- 2 Tbsp aloe vera gel
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- 5 drops (total) of any of the following essential oils cinnamon, clove, thyme, oregano, and rosemary
- 2 drops of lemon essential oil *optional (for scent)
- 1 Tbsp Vitamin E Oil – *optional (for moisturizing effect)
- Distilled water
- Add all ingredients (except for water) into your reusable plastic bottle.
- Fill bottle until its almost full.
- Secure lid.
- Shake bottle vigorously to mix ingredients.
- Use as needed.
Homemade hand sanitizers don’t last as long as commercial varieties. Make small batches. They should be good for 1-2 weeks.
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