DIY Natural Hand Sanitiser Spray
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic elevated the need to sanitise our hands and living spaces. Hand sanitisers suddenly became premium commodities for the ‘new-normal’ lifestyle. Keeping harmful microbes at bay is awesome; however, the type of hand sanitiser spray you use matters greatly.
Commercial hand sanitisers may contain harmful components like methanol and triclosan. In fact, the FDA has recalled all hand sanitisers containing methanol. This is a highly toxic alcohol that can be fatal upon ingestion. Triclosan on the other hand was declared unsafe in 2016 by the FDA. This hormone-disrupting chemical also plays a role in promoting the development of resistant bacteria strains.
Commercial hand sanitisers are not cheap and many are simply not safe for use by children. With that said, using hand sanitiser is still critical to good health. The next best option is a natural hand sanitiser that you can make at home. You can save money and create something effective and safe for your family.
Using Essential Oils In Your Hand Sanitiser
Essential oils are potent aromatic fluids that can kill harmful microbes and leave your hands and spaces sanitised. Apart from destroying harmful germs, these oils are awesome for skin hydration and restoration. Their aromas are calming to the mind and overall, you tap into a world of health benefits. Some of the best oils for sanitising include lavender, orange, sweet marjoram, lemon, lemongrass and many more.
Step-by-Step Natural Hand Sanitiser Recipe
Making an all-natural hand sanitiser at home is easier than you can imagine. It also saves you a fortune in the long term! You will need a couple of ingredients as detailed below;
You Will Need:
- Quarter cup (60ml) aloe vera gel
- Essential oil of your choice 15-20 drops
- Half a cup (120ml) 99% rubbing alcohol
- Reusable spray bottle
- A tablespoon distilled water
- A small mixing bowl
- Start by mixing the aloe vera gel with the rubbing alcohol until well combined.
- Add your chosen essential oils and mix them in. It could be lavender, peppermint, tea tree, sweet orange and more. Just make sure not to use more than 20 drops for a quarter cup of aloe vera gel.
- To have the desired spray consistency, use some distilled water in the mix if needed.
- Transfer the contents to a spray bottle.
- Use this just like any hand sanitiser spray.
For hand sanitisers to be effective your mix must contain at least 60% alcohol. Remember to use 99% rubbing alcohol.
As you can see, anyone can make hand sanitiser spray at home with natural ingredients. Essential oils have healing properties for better wellbeing. For pure essential oils, Organic Aromas South Africa is your one-stop aromatherapy store. Quality oils are the key to making the most effective DIY natural hand sanitising spray.