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How to Make Essential Oil Hand Cleanser (Alcohol-Free!)

by Andrea Butje on September 30, 2019

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A DIY Recipe to Make Essential Oil Hand Cleanser at Home – All Natural with No Alcohol!

Imagine something with me . . .

Let’s say you plan a day of hiking with a friend. You both pack a delicious lunch to share together, and then go hiking through the forest.

Birds chirp and pine needles carpet the forest path, and you can’t resist reaching out to touch nature—the tree trunks, moss-covered rocks, lichen, ferns, you want to experience it all and don’t mind your hands getting a little dirty.

But then it’s time for lunch, and you realize . . . your hands are a little dirty!

Hmm, what to do?

Reach for your homemade essential oil hand cleanser!

I have an aloe-based essential oil hand cleanser recipe that is made with no alcohol, and I think you’re going to love it. This blend comes from my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy: An Easy-to-Use Guide for Essential Oils

It will help reduce and neutralize germs that might be present, so you can eat your lunch without concerns. The essential oils in this blend have been proven as great natural cleaners. You can even use them to make natural cleaning products for your home.

Piñon Pine’s “Clean in the Woods” Essential Oil Hand Cleanser

  • 1 oz (28 g) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 10 drops Piñon Pine (Pinus edulis)
  • 8 drops Rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia)

Make this blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) PET plastic flip-top bottle. Combine the aloe and essential oils, and shake well. Use a small amount in your palm to clean your hands!

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If you like, you can include some Solubol in your essential oil hand cleanser—it will help keep the essential oils dispersed through the aloe. 3 ml of Solubol would be just right here. I also suggest making a fresh bottle of this every few weeks, since there are no preservatives in it.

This bottle is small enough to carry in a bag or keep nearby too, like in your desk drawer or in your car, so I bet you’ll use it all up quickly.

Piñon Pine essential oil is cleansing, just like many of the conifer essential oils. In The Heart of Aromatherapy, I wrote . . . “Piñon Pine has such wonderful therapeutic properties that the Native Americans used it in many natural remedies and rituals for supporting well-being and reducing infections. You can turn to Piñon Pine essential oil for the same things.”

But what if you don’t have Piñon Pine essential oil?

You can substitute it with any conifer oil in your collection!

And if you’re not familiar with Rosalina essential oil, you can think of it as a combination of Lavender and Tea Tree. Excellent at calming inflammation and keeping everything spic-and-span! In fact, if you don’t have Rosalina in your collection, you can substitute 4 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) and 4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).

Another great bonus of this blend . . . if you get any small scrapes or cuts on your hands during your hike in nature, spray a bit of this blend on the wound! It can help reduce germs and inflammation until you’re able to wash your hands with soap and water.

Do you like this essential oil hand cleanser recipe? Want to learn more ways to use essential oils in your daily life?

I would be honored if you’d pick up a copy of my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy! It includes over 100 recipes as fun and effective as this one, and 40 essential oil profiles that will really help you remember what the oils are good at. Promise! (I treat the oils like characters with personalities, jobs, hobbies, and more—it’s easier to remember something if you’re told in a story!)

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Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

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