Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Where I worked as a teacher, each classroom was provided with a wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispenser, the thought being that this would keep germs at bay, and in turn, keep kids from getting sick and from missing school. But for the good that hand sanitizers offer (a quick, convenient way to clean hands and kill off bacteria), store-bought versions can contain harsh, and worse yet, toxic, chemicals like Triclosan. Keep your kiddos germ-free with this homemade version brought to you by Dr. Lawrence Rosen, a nationally recognized expert in Pediatric Integrative Medicine, and holistic-minded parent Jeff Cohen, authors of Treatment Alternatives for Children: Reduce Serious Side Effects with Natural Equivalents to Conventional Remedies for Common Childhood Ailments.

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Ingredients*:
• 3 oz. filtered water
• 1 tsp. aloe vera gel
• 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
• 10 drops clove essential oil
• 10 drops rosemary essential oil
• 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
• 20 drops lemon oil

*I get all my natural healthcare needs (like essential oils) through Vitacost.com. If you haven’t ordered from Vitacost before, use THIS LINK for a $10 off coupon!

Instructions: Mix ingredients in a 4-ounce spray dispenser (Avoid plastics with this aluminum one), and shake gently. Spray on children’s hands, and teach them to massage the spray into their hands for 30 seconds. The result is a natural, chemical free, hand sanitizer to keep germs at bay.


Have you used essential oils as anti-bacterial agents?

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7 Responses to Homemade Hand Sanitizer

  1. Sarah August 22, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Thank you SO much for posting this! I’m definitely going to be using it!

  2. Ronnie August 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Great post. Shared!

  3. JC September 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    This combination of oils is the same as THIEVES or mid evel oils and can be madewith the spices to clean your home

  4. JENNIE October 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    For the Cinnamon Essential Oil, do I use Cinnamon BARK Essential Oil or Cinnamon LEAF Essential Oil?? Thank you for your help!

    • HealthfulMama October 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

      Cinnamon Bark :)

  5. S Johnson November 11, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Very useful information.
    I have the recipe written down & will try it!
    Thank you

  6. Debbie November 22, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    I already have the ‘Thieves’ Blend from Young Living……….how many drops of this would I add instead of adding all of the oils separately in order to make the same concentration to be an effective hand sanitizer? Thank you for the great post. I look forward to trying this!!

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