My daughter has horrible reactions to conventional hand sanitizers that contain alcohol. It makes her hands burn. I needed something effective yet gentle so I went to my local health food store to see what was already on the market.
I actually found some pretty great items, problem was, was that they were really expensive. I live by the ideology “Quality over Quantity” but I honestly didn’t want to spend $15 on a 1oz bottle of something that had ingredients I couldn’t pronounce especially when I knew I had essential oils and other natural products in the home that would work just as well.
To the drawing board I went. I researched how to make a base hand sanitizer, alcohol free. I found out all it was, was aloe vera and witch hazel. Next was I needed to find ingredients that would that would combat germs. OnGuard, Melaleuca and Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) I personally recommend NutriBiotic Brand.
What is grapefruit seed extract you ask? Commonly referred to as simply “GSE” grapefruit seed extract is a general anti-microbial that when applied to the skin works as an anti-septic. It can also be taken internally as a daily regiment or if you are feeling under the weather.
It’s important to remember that drug interactions with grapefruit juice are well documented. The chemistry of the grapefruit varies by the species, the growing conditions, and the process used to extract the juice. Before adding grapefruit to your diet or your list of natural medicines, check with your healthcare provider if you take medications.
And that’s it… aloe vera, witch hazel, some oils and some GSE… oh! you need a vessel. Store your hand sanitizer in a glass bottle with a pump spray for easy application, or you can keep it always on you with this handy little tool!
The method to the madness:
In a 2oz spray bottle…
2T witch hazel
4T aloe vera
5 drops grapefruit seed extract (GSE)
5 drops melaleuca
15 drops OnGuard
fill the rest with water
It’s the little things that matter, she’s my little thing and she matters.