How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer



Step 1: Fill your bottle about half full with the witch hazel.

Step 2: Add approximately 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel (or until bottle is ¾ full).

Step 3: Add 12–15 drops of OnGuard or Thieves oil.

Step 4: Add water till bottle is just short of full (you don’t want to overfill because you need room to screw on the spray nozzle), or add more aloe vera instead of water if you want to put this in a squeeze travel bottle instead of a spray bottle.

Step 5: Shake well.

I like to keep one of these in my car to use immediately when I pick my son up from preschool, one in my diaper bag, and one in my regular purse so I always have one on the go when I need it. I also spray directly on grocery cart handles, anything within reach on an airplane, etc. This is all natural, but the ingredients should be kept out of eyes and mouths (due to alcohol in the witch hazel), so don’t use on babies or children too young to let it dry before putting their hands in their mouths or rubbing their eyes. 

Do you like to make your own all-natural disinfecting or home-cleaning products?

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