Cold and flu season is in full swing around here, and everywhere you go there are bottles of hand sanitizer sitting around–in the stores, at church, even some restaurants, not to mention all the little portable bottles stuffed in purses, diaper bags and glove compartments. While I am a fan of the protection from germs that hand sanitizer can offer, I am not a big fan of the dryness and sometimes funky scent it leaves behind, not to mention the price!
Here is a handy homemade version that is inexpensive, less drying and you can choose your scent.
Aloe Vera Gel (make sure you get gel and not juice or it will be way too thin!)
Isopropyl Alcohol (70%)
Small pump or flip top bottles
Mix equal parts of aloe vera gel and alcohol. I just eyeball it, but you can measure if you feel more comfortable. Then add essential oil to desired strength. I use 8-10 drops depending on what scent I am using.
You can also make this using glycerine in place of the aloe vera gel, but it can be pretty thin. Use Tea Tree or Lavender oil for extra anti-bacterial protection. Pour into your favorite containers and you are ready to go.
This only cost pennies to make and you can use your favorite scent. Try lemon for a light, clean scent, orange for a fruitier scent or peppermint for a scent kids love!
*Notes: There are some articles out there that say unless it is 60 percent alcohol it is not effective, so you can add more alcohol. I use tea tree oil which has anti-bacterial properties, so I leave mine at half and half. Nothing is guaranteed to protect you from all germs, so use what you are comfortable with for your family.