Make natural hand cleansing gel that won’t dry out your skin.
Hand cleansing gel is such a great thing, especially if you work with kids!
I know that lots of moms and dads send their kids off with little bottles of hand sanitizer—it’s one more thing they can do to keep their kids healthy. Caretakers and teachers often reach for the hand sanitizer, too. It’s a good idea in environments where germs are easily spread.
But I have noticed that most hand sanitizers are alcohol based, and are very drying to skin. This is rough enough with one or two uses, but if you use it very often, it can really start to irritate your skin.
So I included a recipe for how to make natural hand cleanser gel in my book, Essential Living: Aromatherapy for Health and Home. It’s safe for kids over five, and for caretakers.
Kids & Caretakers: A Natural Hand Cleanser Gel
You’ll need one 4 oz (120 ml) spray, squeeze or pump bottle. Just combine:
- Just under 4 oz (112 gm) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
- 4 drops Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana)
- 8 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
- 8 drops Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
- 3.5 ml Solubol dispersant
When I make natural hand cleansing gel, I choose essential oils that are not only excellent at reducing germs—they’re also great for supporting health. This blend has a very woody, fresh scent, and the Orange adds a bright, warm citrus note that kids love! The aloe is very nourishing for skin.
I know that most hand cleansers come in squeeze-top bottles, not spray bottles. But a spray bottle works well for this recipe. If you’re using natural, raw, unprocessed aloe gel, it will be very liquidy, and will come out of the spray bottle with no problem. I also make this blend in a squeeze-top bottle. (Just be aware that it can come out quickly when you squeeze the bottle!)
You can pour this into smaller bottles and pop it in a backpack for school for kids who are over five.