How-to: Make natural hand sanitizer (eliminating Triclosan from your home part 2 of 2)
By CG Lifestyles & People Editor Neal Patten
Last week’s how-to discussed the controversial antibacterial agent Triclosan. It outlined common household products and brands that contain the chemical.
This week I will show you how to make hand sanitizer at home. Not only can store purchased hand sanitizer contain Triclosan, but also harsh solvents and fragrances. Switching to a 100% natural hand sanitizer will improve your quality of life and decrease environmental harm. Plus, it could not be easier to formulate your own sanitizer!
Here is what you will need:
- 2 ounces vodka (not diluted)
- 4 to 5 drops essential oil such as tea tree or eucalyptus
- 2 teaspoons witch hazel
You cannot be a student at one of the top party schools in the nation and not have a half-empty bottle of vodka chilling in your freezer. The perfect first ingredient!
Witch hazel is an astringent formed from a shrub native to the U.S. It has a variety of uses from combating acne to soothing poison ivy blisters.
As for the essential oil, you will want to ensure its purity. Some companies use solvents in their oils. To test your oil, drop a dab on blotting paper. If it evaporates cleanly, you’re golden. If it leaves a stain – it is not pure.
Simply mix these three ingredients together and pour into a bottle. Your all-natural, homemade hand sanitizer is ready for use!
Be aware of what chemicals are being sold to you as “safe.” Germ phobias are understandable, but purchasing products that can harm your health is inexcusable.
This recipe comes from Annie Bond at Natural Flu Protection.