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How to Make Natural Hand Cleanser with Essential Oils

by Andrea Butje on January 10, 2019

2. January 10 2019 Content - Youtube Title-How to Make Natural Hand Cleanser with Essential Oils -  600 x 900 This all-natural hand cleanser recipe is a great alternative when you would rather not use alcohol-based hand sanitizers!

It gets its germ-reducing strength from essential oils, not alcohol, so while it’s getting rid of germs, it’s also boosting your immunity. (I love how “multipurpose” essential oils are!) And it’s made in a base of skin-nourishing aloe vera gel.

100% natural and easy to make at home!

The essential oils in this recipe are very strong, yet gentle enough for children. That makes it perfect for parents, teachers, babysitters, grandparents, aunts and uncles, nannies, and anybody else who is taking care of kids.

I actually love keeping a travel-sized bottle of this with me in my bag, too. You can use it instead of harsh soaps in public restrooms. If you’re traveling, spending time in an airport or on a plane, it is so reassuring to have a bottle of this “on hand!” (Haha!)

This recipe makes 4 oz (112 g) of all-natural hand cleanser. If you aren’t sure you’ll go through the entire bottle, you can reduce the recipe by half to make 2 oz (56 g).

“Clean Hands, Warm Heart!” Natural Cleansing Hand Gel

  • 4 oz (112 g) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 4 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 8 drops Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana)
  • 8 drops Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
  • 4 ml Solubol dispersant (optional)

In a recent YouTube video I made about this recipe (which you can find below!), I’m using a 4 oz spray bottle. The aloe vera gel I use has a very loose, liquidy texture, so it sprays very easily. 

But other times, I love making aloe-based natural hand cleansers in a flip-top bottle. (Sometimes you’ll see it called a “disc-top.”) You can choose whichever bottle you like.

Combine the aloe vera gel and essential oils in the bottle. You’ll have to give it a good shake before using it, because the essential oils will not stay dispersed through the aloe vera.

Solubol dispersant offers a natural solution for that, if you want to use it. You can add 4 ml of Solubol to this blend, and it will help keep the essential oils more distributed through the aloe vera. If you choose to add it, be sure to leave just a bit of room in the bottle for it.

Tea Tree, Cedarwood, and Orange essential oils are all excellent natural germ cleansers. Using these essential oils in a blend for your hands will help keep them germ-free, and keep your immunity up. They’re great for cold and flu season, if you struggle with respiratory allergies, or daily support.

One thing I love about this natural hand cleanser with essential oils is that the aloe vera gel is not sticky or greasy. It feels so light and silky when you use it, and aloe vera dries quickly so it will not get all over things when you touch them. It’s just so convenient!

I suggest keeping your natural hand cleanser in the fridge when you’re not using it, and making a fresh bottle every few weeks.

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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!

Topics: handmade hand sanitizer, natural hand cleanser, hand cleanser essential oils, alcohol free hand cleanser

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