A simple and ecological recipe for home hand sanitizer.
Store-bought hand sanitizers contain ingredients that are scarier than the germs they protect against!
Why not make your own home sanitizer from proven ingredients. This is a great option for children, because the gel is inexpensive and environmental. Some pros: you will save money, protect yourself from germs, and can choose your favorite antiseptic smell.
- 60 ml of medical alcohol (at least 90%)
- 30 ml of glycerine (you can use aloe gel, but it is much more expensive)
- 4-5 drops of essential oil (for example, lavender, vanilla, mint, grapefruit)
Simply mix the ingredients in a bowl, and then use a funnel to pour into an empty bottle of store-bought antiseptic.
How it works:
The active ingredient in this hand sanitizer is alcohol, which contains about 60%, which is enough to effectively fight various microbes. Glycerin moisturizes the skin, preventing alcohol from drying it out too much. Essential oils interrupt the strong smell of alcohol.
Some oils will not only give a good flavor to the gel, but will also have antimicrobial properties. For example, thyme and clove oil have these properties.
If you use antimicrobial oils, use only 1-2 drops, as these oils are very powerful and can irritate the skin. Other oils, such as lavender or chamomile, can help soothe your skin.