I won’t force you to read yet another blog post starting with “Seeing as we’re in the midsts of a global pandemic…” followed by an essay on covid-19 so let’s get straight to the point.
How can you make your own hand sanitizer without the chemicals!
+ A bonus essential oil mix to make your life a lot more wholesome.
Hand (and surface) sanitizer
There are numerous recipes for this on the world wide web but I will share with you the one I like best. What you’ll need is:
- 70ml Rubbing alcohol
- 30ml Water (preferably distilled or purified in another way)
- 1ml Tea tree oil
- 1ml Lemongrass oil
- 2ml Lemon oil
- 2ml Lavender oil
- An empty spray bottle
The preparation method is as simple as you’d think – just mix all ingredients together in the bottle and shake well before use. You can spray this on your hands, on door handles, your phone or other objects you touch often. Lemongrass and tea tree oil are both antibacterial, and tea tree oil is also a well-known antiviral agent. Lemon oil has antiseptic and disinfectant properties and lavender is anti-inflammatory but here we’re using it mostly for its lovely scent! This sanitizer is a great alternative to store-bought options as it doesn’t contain any other chemicals potentially harmful to your skin or the environment and you can use a bottle you already have at home/reuse it when over.
Since the alcohol content in this is pretty high, if you have very sensitive skin or intend on using this several times a day, it might be a good idea to either add aloe vera juice or calendula oil (learn how to make this here) to make it more gentle for your skin. If you don’t have all of these particular oils at hand, you can replace some of them with other antibacterial oils such as cedarwood, peppermint or eucalyptus. You can also go minimalist by mixing only alcohol and cedarwood or alcohol and tea tree, the effect will not be hugely different. Play around with it and find what works best for you!
Another concoction you can make at home to help protect you during flu (or covid-19) season is a mix of essential oils with powerful antiviral properties. You will need:
- 3ml Tea tree oil
- 3ml Eucalyptus Radiata or Cedarwood oil
- 0.5ml Oregano oil
- 3ml Lemon oil
- 1ml Bitter orange
- Empty glass bottle
Once again I am giving you the more elaborate version first. Mixing all of these oils will give you extra benefits but a simple mix of 2 (eucalyptus or cedarwood being one of them) will do the trick. If you want to go even more minimalist, you can use JUST eucalyptus or cedarwood, that’s how powerful these oils are!
Now what to do with this oil mixture? You can put a drop on a folded napkin and then place inside of your mask or straight onto your mask when going out, so that you can inhale the fumes that evaporate as you do your weekly shopping. Post-coronavirus times when wearing a mask won’t be necessary for many of us, you can still make use of this oil during flu season by putting a drop or two on a scarf or necklace adorned with a fabric detail – anywhere close enough to your nose so that you can inhale the aroma. You can also put the mixture in an oil diffuser and cleanse your home with the tiny droplets.
Do you use essential oils in your day to day life? Have you ever made your own hand sanitizer? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments bellow!