First I gathered up all my ingredients: Bragg’s Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe Vera Gel, Witch Hazel, Rosemary oil, Lemon oil, sweet orange oil, Lavender oil, tee tree oil and grapefruit seed extract (citracidal), a bowl for mixing and easy pouring, and some little squeeze bottles.
These are approximate measurements.
4oz aloe vera gel
less than 1/4 c witch hazel (I filled the 1/4 c about 2/3 full with witch hazel and filled the rest with the cider vinegar)
1 to 2 T Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
at least 40 drops of grapefruit seed extract
20 drops tee tree oil
and 20 to 30 drops of the remaining essential oils. I added more of the orange for scent. I mixed it all up well and poured it into the little bottles. An easy way and natural way to fight those germs!
**Lavender oil is an antiseptic, disinfectant, bactericide
**Lemon oil is an antiseptic, disenfectant, insectiside and fungicide
Added by Deanna here....the grape seed extract is a powerful germ killer in its own rights according to what I've read up so far.
Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) is truly a broad-spectrum natural antibiotic, capable of killing a wide variety of pathogens. Highly active against protozoa, bacteria, yeast and some viruses, it has been used for quite some time in the treatment of parasitic infections. It is nontoxic, generally hypoallergenic and can be administered for up to several months, which may be required to eliminate stubborn infections. source:
I love the portability of hand sanitizer. I don't love the price it can cost! Courtesy of Focus on the Family magazine, I now have this recipe to make my own:
1 c. aloe vera gel
1 t. rubbing alcohol
2 t. glycerin
8 drops of tea tree oil or a favorite scent
I am putting mine in small squeeze bottles. I may try making a big batch and putting it in an old ketchup bottle so I always have some on hand.
****Please note that this recipe contains Tea Tree oil as well as Alcohol, both of which kill "bugs". When making your own, feel free to adjust the amounts of germ killers!****
And a note from another blog:
A few months ago, I came across a recipe for homemade hand sanitizer on a blog. I'm not sure how I originally found the recipe, but I bookmarked it for the day when Joshua's little bottle was empty.
Last week, I purchased some aloe gel to make the sanitizer. I tried to get a more natural kind (though I know it still had some weird ingredients in it...) and it cost more than I had planned to invest... but, oh well. ($3.97 for 24 ounces)
Before I made my sanitizer, I decided to google for more information. After all, it never hurts to have several recipes to compare, and find the best way to do something before you even start, right? :)
After reading this informative article from The NY Times, along with a few other random links, I realized that the homemade hand sanitizer, which has 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol per CUP of aloe gel, wasn't going to come close to 60% alcohol content(which is the minimum amount needed), and wasn't going to sanitize.
I returned my unopened, unused aloe gel, and instead bought an even bigger bottle of Germ-X hand sanitizer for $4.97.
This amount will probably last us years, which is great, since I'm sticking to good old soap and water in our home! :)
It's nice to feel frugal, and it's fun to make homemade. It's great to save money, but it's best to do some research first!
There you have it. Some recipes and a link that disputes most recipes. Do your homework, study what you are wanting to do and make your decisions ;o)