How to Make Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils
Want to be fully protected from bacteria and viruses? A good way is to frequently use antibacterial gel which does not require the use of soap, water and towels. This type of product disinfects your skin by removing microbes and germs, killing a lot more than when we use soap. In order to maximize its protection, it is best that you apply some of this gel after you wash your hands, scrub until you feel it melt to thus increase its effectiveness. In this OneHowTo article we will explain how to make sanitizer with essential oils quickly and easily.
Antibacterial gels work perfectly because you don't need to be in a bathroom to take advantage of their benefits. No need for water, as these gels are applied directly to the skin thus creating a protective layer. So we will give you a recipe for antibacterial sanitiser for which you will need the following materials:
- 70ml of ethyl alcohol
- 20ml of witch hazel
- ¼ teaspoon of glycerin
- 20 drops of essential oil of lavender, rosemary or eucalyptus.
Keep the hand sanitiser in a glass or plastic container with a cap, so it can be protected from the air and from external conditions thus extending its effectiveness.
To make this hand sanitiser at home, first combine the ingredients on the above list and mix until a homogeneous mixture forms. Keep it in a glass container and preferably in a dark place or inside your bag.
Above all, it is important that you shake it before use to ensure that all the components are well-mixed. Apply it on your hands and rub until you feel it melt, the areas that need this cleaning are the tips of the fingers and wrists as these are where more dirt and bacteria are stored.
This gel can last up to 1 year without having to be refrigerated, but it is important to put it in a dark place and keep it properly closed to prevent the alcohol from evaporating.
You can also make an antibacterial gel at home using other ingredients that can be easily found in drugstores or pharmacies. For this you'll need:
- 6 tablespoons of ethyl alcohol
- 3/4 teaspoon of carbopol (available in drugstores)
- 1/4 teaspoon of glycerin. At OneHowTo we tell you what the glycerin benefits for skin are.
- 1/4 teaspoon of triethanolamine (available in drugstores)
To make it first strain the carbopol using a sieve to break up the lumps (you can use a spoon to help). Then pour the alcohol in a glass bowl, mix it with the strained carbopol and shake. Then add the glycerin while stirring the mixture, and when everything is done, add the triethanolamine.
Now you'll see the gel texture form and, when ready, pour it into a glass or plastic bottle that can be sealed. As with the above recipe, keep the gel in a cool place so that the alcohol evaporates.
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- Other antibacterial essential oils you can used instead of those mentioned above are Orange essential oil, cinnamon essential oil and clove essential oil.