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Homemade Natural Hand Sanitizer recipe

on January 16, 2014

5-10 drops lavender essential oil

  • 30 drops tea tree essential oil (this is a 0.5% concentration)
  • 1 Tablespoon witch hazel extract or high-proof vodka
  • 8 ounces 100% pure aloe vera gel
  • UPDATE: Add about ¼ teaspoon of Vitamin E oil as a natural preservative to increase shelf life of this product. (It will also help soften hands!)

Add essential oils (and Vitamin E if using) to a small glass bowl or container and swirl to mix. Add witch hazel to the oils and swirl again. Add this mixture to the aloe vera gel and mix well. Shake gently before each use. (Sanitizer should last a few months with the addition of Vitamin E to help preserve. Without a natural preservative, shelf life is much shorter.)

 

The lavender is used in the recipe to round out the strong scent of the tea tree oil. If you’re not a fan of lavender, choose another antibacterial oil such as rosemary, sage, sandalwood, or peppermint.

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