Did you hear about the recent ban on antibacterial soaps by the FDA? I was never a fan of mainstream antibacterial soaps or hand sanitizers. This was mostly due to the potentially harmful ingredients which are hormone disrupting and contribute to drug-resistant infections. Scientist Rolf Halden said, “It has boggled my mind why we were clinging to these compounds, and now that they are gone I feel liberated,” adding “They had absolutely no benefit but we kept them buzzing around us everywhere.”
You may be wondering what to use instead. To keep your hands clean during the coming cold and flu season, there are so many natural antibacterials available. I’ve put a few of those antibacterial ingredients together to create a natural hand sanitizer gel. It’s healthy, safe, and won’t even dry out your hands. Here’s how to make your own.
Natural Hand Sanitizer Gel
3 tbsp aloe vera gel*
1/2 tbsp witch hazel
5 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops orange essential oil
4 drops patchouli essential oil
*if using store bought, ensure it is alcohol- and dye-free
Pour all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
Pour into a squeeze bottle.
Ideally it should be kept in the fridge while at home, then you can take it for outings as necessary. (This is only if you’re using homemade aloe vera gel. If using store bought, then it will be good at room temperature.)
To use, squeeze a small amount into the palm of your hand.
Rub hands together until they feel dry.
Shake before each use.
Tea tree oil is the ideal essential oil for hand sanitizer because it is amazing when it comes to fighting off illness. It is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, and also stimulates your immune system. I added patchouli essential oil because it is also antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic. It’s also great for cracked skin which is a common problem as the weather gets colder. Orange essential oil again is antibacterial. Together with the patchouli, it also smells great which is beneficial because some of these other ingredients don’t.
Do you use mainstream or natural hand sanitizer or none at all?