Homemade Hand Sanitizer
So I make lists. Like compulsively. It’s a thing that both my sister and I do. We have lists for everything. Sometimes I’ll make a list of my to do lists so that I don’t forget anything from my work, shopping and maybe my getting ready to go out of town to do list. It’s freaking nuts. But I can’t combine those 3 lists without wanting to have a panic attack so I just roll with it :)
This is when I noticed that when I made all of my lists, on all but 2 (I have a freaking ton of project lists going) instead of writing down “hand sanitizer” for this project I wrote down “hanitizer”. I’m not sure why or how but that’s how in my family we often say it, without meaning to. It’s just evolved to this shortened version that’s a lot quicker to say, but isn’t really a word.
I’ve noticed that I do that sort of thing with lot of stuff. I put the wrong emphasis on certain parts of words (my saying DVD drives some people insane) and then I have times where I omit words that I should be using like “of” or “about” because I guess I just don’t have time for that business :) But I’ve gotten way off track here… let’s make some homemade hand sanitizer, erm, hanitizer!
See this squeeze tube here? This recipe fits almost perfectly inside of this 3 ounce tube. I get mine for a buck at Walmart and they are reusable.
And just so you know I dyed my hands with alcohol ink prior to doing this post, so yes, my hands are wonky but I am not unwell or working with dangerous solutions like acid or something :)
And look at that. While I was typing up my list I realized I can’t spell lavender correctly without spell check and I found another instance of hanitizer. Meh.
For this project you will need:
- 1/4 c. pure aloe vera
- 1/2 t. glycerin
- 1 t. witch hazel
- 20 drops tea tree essential oil
- 10 drops smell good essential oil (I used lilac from this set)
- travel squeeze bottle from toiletries section at Walmart
Measure out your aloe and glycerin. You can buy glycerin online or find it in the pharmacy section near first aid in big box stores and common big name pharmacies. The aloe I purchased from the hair care section near straighteners and whatnot because it has no alcohol in it but aloe is also available near sunscreens. Just be sure that your aloe doesn’t have “cooling” agents in it or anything weird.
Add your witch hazel too.
Lots of oils come in 1 or 2 ounce sizes but tea tree essential oil is amazingly useful, and I’ll be sharing more projects with this good stuff later on down the line. I purchase a big 4 ounce bottle of tea tree oil online. I like the quality of this brand and use it often.
Add your pretty smell to the mix. I used lilac though I meant to use lavender. :) Whoops!
Now getting it into your squeeze bottle can be a royal pain. I’ve taken a cue from cake decorating and I put mine in a zipper bag and snip the corner off…
…and “pipe” it into my bottle.
I love this handmade sanitizer so much partially because it’s got no alcohol except for what naturally occurs in witch hazel and that’s hardly anything at all! Yep, no alcohol hand sanitizer is not all that difficult to make all because of tea tree oil :)