Whilst we face an increased susceptibility to sickness as a collective, protective measures are currently in short supply throughout our supermarkets. To help you take extra precautions, we have put together 3 simple recipes for you to make your own natural hand sanitiser at home.
Please note that all concentrations are based on adding mixture to a 150ml bottle. Shake before use and spray on your hands, wetting the entire surface.
Vinegar is a nontoxic, antibacterial agent that kills 99% of bacteria. You can use either plain cleaning vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
Fill a bottle with 20% vinegar, and top up with filtered water, adding a few drops of lemon or lavender essential oil if needed to mask the vinegar smell.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is naturally antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral. The castile soap in this recipe functions as a surfactant to dissolve the oil into the water. For some people, tea tree oil may cause irritations on the skin. If you have particularly sensitive skin, add a teaspoon of aloe vera gel to the recipe.
Add 15 drops of tea tree essential oil, 1 tsp of castile soap and top up bottle with filtered water.
Witch hazel does a phenomenal job at cleaning the skin, which is why you will commonly find this ingredient in facial cleansers. Witch hazel is available with or without an alcohol base. For a more child-friendly option, use alcohol-free witch hazel. If you want to increase the sanitiser’s germ-killing ability, use the alcohol-based kind.
Add 4 tablespoons of witch hazel to the bottle, 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and 5 drops of either lemon, lavender or tea tree essential oil. Top up bottle with filtered water.