DIY natural hand sanitiser 17



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Sometimes germs can be good for us as they boost our immune system but more often then not, germs are not welcomed! Sneezing children or dirty handles in public areas are the reason we need emergency hand sanitiser.

Commercial hand sanitiser does the job but if you despise the smell or the chemicals used, than an organic option could be for you. We have the ingredients and method right here to make a DIY gentle hand sanitiser.


  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil (lavender has a strong smell, so if you are not a fan choose a sent like rosemary, sage, or peppermint)
  • 30 drops tea tree essential oil – this is a 0.5% concentration (tea tree oil is strong so test on you hand for allergic reaction before adding this ingredient)
  • 1 Tablespoon high-proof vodka or vinegar
  • 200 grams of 100% pure aloe vera gel (aloe vera oil will sooth your hand after cleaning it)
  • Optional: ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E Oil – a natural preservative to increase shelf life
  • Spray bottle similar to the commercial bottle.


  1. Add essential oils and Vitamin E oil to a small glass bowl or container and swirl to mix
  2. Add vodka or vinegar to the oils and swirl again
  3. Add this mixture to the aloe vera gel and mix well
  4. Shake gently before each use.

(Sanitiser should last several months with the addition of Vitamin E to help preserve.)


Tell us, will you try this DIY recipe? Do you use hand sanitiser? 

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  1. I bought a small bottle ( sample size ) of detol hand sanitiser and I keep it my handbag, if i have to use public restrooms, I wash my hands before leaving and then because I have to touch door handles to get back outside again , I use the sanitiser once I am outside to make sure that my hands have not touched anyone else germs or viruses

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  2. There is no evidence that over the counter antibacterial washes work better than soap and hot water.

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    • but you still have to get out of the restroom door all the washing in the world won’t help if someone has not washed their hands and has disease and then you touch what they have touched

  3. I always grab extra paper towel or tissues after washing my hands in the restroom. I then use the new unused paper to open the door to leave, which I then promptly throw away once outside the facility. Too many people just do not wash their hands.

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    • Some just rinse their hands quickly without using soap and as you said some don’t do anything .

  4. Don’t forget the adults that sneeze and cough without covering their nose and mouth.I see this time and time again on public transport.

  5. As kids in Ireland, we played in dirt with marbles, scrambled all over the place, played on the banks of the river, ran wild over the farmland at the top of our street. Most of the families living in our street had a least 4 kids, while ours and the family next door had 7 each. Lots of kids, lots of germs, but surprise surprise, we all survived. Seldom near a tap to wash hands, had baths once a week, following each in order from from cleanest to not so clean. I suffered from a weak chest associated with my birth, but for a street full of houligins, we were a healthy lot. No asthma, no allergies, just the usual childhood illness. Far to much importance on cleanliness. A few germs makes you stronger.

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    • I came into this world during WW II and we did the same as kids. I grew up in FNQ so even in winter it wasn’t cold enough to wear shoes. Year 9 (Sub Junior) was a shock I had to wear shoes and socks and a tie (well it was strung around the neck). So I believe we worry too much.

      I read a science article the other day which pointed out humans bodies are made up of 90% bacteria so what parts of our bodies are we attempting to get rid of?

      Yes I do “Wash your hands Trevor” but from experience I do know if when living in the tropics you shower 2 or 3 times a day and use soap you wash the good bacteria off your body and finish up with all sorts of rashes. B|

    • It’s a shame we’ve become so paranoid about germs. We were made to wash our hands before meals taken at the kitchen table, but half the time we snitched food from the cupboards and ate it on the run or took it round to the river and cooked it over a fire. Because there were so many of us our kitchen table was big and blocked the door to the bathroom, so rather than crawl under the table we washed our hands at the kitchen sink, or as we referred to it (the jaw box). So we were more likely spreading germs than getting rid of them. I’m not denying there are nasty germs out there as I’m still in the process of recovering from influenza. But in general terms, most trigger our immune system to protect us. The more sterile our surroundings, the more likely it is that if, in spite of our efforts, a nasty bug gets thru and bite us, we will be very ill.

    • Darrell, viruses are air borne and no amount of hand washing will completely protect you. Because I’m carer for my brother who suffers from Multiple Myeloma and also my husband who has had a stroke, I have to be extremely careful about cleanliness, plus I seldom leave the house, yet I have been exceedingly ill with severe influenza for 4 weeks and am still struggling.

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