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A Non Toxic Hand Sanitizer Recipe

written by: AngelaC•edited by: Lindsay Evans•updated: 5/17/2011

Hand sanitizer has increasingly become a popular way to quickly disinfect your hands when soap and water are not easily accessible. Making your own hand sanitizer at home is a great way to go green, be safe and healthy, and even save a little money.

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    washing hands The Center for Disease Control has reported that one of the most important ways to prevent the transmission of dangerous diseases is frequent hand washing with soap and water, and/or using a hand sanitizer. However, the active ingredients in commercially made products are usually a variety of ethyl alcohol, ethanol, or isopropanol, and other antibiotic and synthetic ingredients. Sadly, each year thousands of cases poisoning are reported due to the ingestion harmful ingredients, such as Triclosan, that are commonly found in many types of commercial based hand cleaners. Triclosan is reported as a probable carcinogen and not something you want to be putting on your skin. Fortunately, making a natural, non toxic hand sanitizer recipe can reduce the exposure of these harmful chemicals to you and to our environment, while still providing the same protection to keep everyone healthy.

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    Alcohol Based Recipes

    Although alcohol based hand cleaner is not inherently dangerous if used properly, children tend to put anything and everything in their mouths, thereby increasing the possibility of ingesting harmful chemicals. Therefore, it is important to carefully monitor their usage and keep the bottle out of reach. Try these alcohol based recipes below.

    Recipe #1:

    1 cup rubbing alcohol

    1 tsp. vitamin E oil

    A few drops essential oil

    Combine all ingredients in a small squeeze bottle and shake well until completely mixed.

    Recipe #2:

    1 cup pure aloe vera gel

    1 tsp. rubbing alcohol

    2 tsps. glycerin

    8 drops of tea tree oil

    Combine all ingredients in a small squeeze bottle and shake well until completely mixed.

    Recipe #3:

    1 cup pure aloe vera gel

    1/2 cup distilled water (use less water for a thicker consistency)

    1/2 cup grain alcohol vodka (not isopropyl/rubbing)

    4 to 5 drops of your favorite essential oils

    Combine all ingredients in a small squeeze bottle and shake well until completely mixed.

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    Alcohol Free Recipes

    Essential oils have been used for many years to combat disease. Using essential oils with disinfectant, antiseptic, and antiviral properties allows you to make hand sanitizer with no alcohol in it at all. Try these alcohol free recipes.

    Recipe #1:

    1 cup pure aloe vera gel

    1 to 2 tsps. witch hazel (add until desired consistency is reached)

    8 drops of your favorite essential oils

    Combine all ingredients in a small squeeze bottle and shake well until completely mixed.

    Recipe #2:

    1/2 cup pure aloe vera gel

    2 tbs. witch hazel

    1 tbs. raw apple cider vinegar

    40 drops grapefruit seed extract

    20 drops tee tree oil

    20 to 30 drops lemon or orange essential oil

    Recipe #3:

    Combine all ingredients in a small squeeze bottle and shake well until completely mixed.

    3/4 cup pure aloe vera gel

    1 tsp. jojoba or grapeseed oil

    3 1/2 tbs. witch hazel

    1 tbs. apple cider vinegar

    8 drops lemon essential oil

    8 drops orange essential oil

    8 drops grapefruit oil

    10 drops tee tree oil

    Combine all ingredients in a small squeeze bottle and shake well until completely mixed.

    Using a non-toxic hand sanitizer recipe is a great addition to your regular hand washing routine and you can make it for a fraction of the cost of store bought. In addition, making your own hand cleaner is better for you and the health of our planet.

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    Resources

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: When using an alcohol based hand sanitizer - http://www.cdc.gov/cleanhands/

    Mayo Clinic: How to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hand-washing/HQ00407/NSECTIONGROUP=2

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