Tis the season for sugarplums, twinkle lights, good cheer…and who knows what else while you’re running around town making your list and checking it twice!
Now I know there’s a whole school of thought that germs aren’t bad and we should all just relax and shake the hands of strangers, and open bathroom doors without using a toe/Matrix maneuver, and just go on eating that soft pretzel that fell on the floor of the mall food court.
I’m not in that school.
I’m in the school of thought that I’m exposed to plenty of germs between scooping up my four-year-old when she comes home from school, fondling my iPhone half the day, and our bathrooms that seem to only get cleaned when guests are coming over.
I can handle my family’s germs, but when I leave our house I’d like my own personal plastic bubble, thankyouverymuch. Which is why I love hand sanitizer!
I confessed to my hand sanitizer addiction last year and a reader – who knows I like to keep things as all-natural and non-toxic as I can – suggested I try making my own. Most store-bought hand sanitizers contain parabens and other toxic chemicals that should be making the naughty list. I’ve always known this, of course, but in my mind I was willing to sacrifice chemicals for cleanliness.
Well now I don’t have to!
This homemade hand sanitizer – made using Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend – gives me the cleaning power and protection I need without the chemicals and harmful ingredients I’d rather skip on. I love having the options of both a gel hand sanitizer and a spray hand sanitizer (for things like shopping cart handles or to wipe down tables in public) so I made both. They make a great gift for a loved one this holiday season!
Check out my video below to see how easy it is to make your own homemade hand sanitizer in a gel or a spray:
I purchased my travel-sized contains for my gel hand sanitizer in the travel-sized section at Target, but you can also find them here: travel-size hand sanitizer containers.
Spray Homemade Hand Sanitizer
1/4 teaspoon salt
8-10 drops of Young Living Thieves Essential Oil*
2 oz travel-sized essential oils spray bottle
Add oil to salt to be absorbed, and then fill bottle with distilled water. Shake to mix.
Some of my fellow essential oil-loving blog friends and I are having a Facebook party tonight at 8:00pm CST featuring handmade gifts you can make this holiday season using essential oils. Click on the graphic below to RSVP and join us!
Also, please be sure to check out their fantastic posts, videos, and how-to’s for some great, healthy, homemade goodness this holiday season!
*There are two ways you can enjoy Young Living’s Essential Oils:
- Sign up as a Retail Customer (it’s free!) to shop Young Living and pay retail prices.
- Sign up as a Wholesale Member (which requires the purchase of a starter kit; prices and products included vary) and receive products at a 24% discount.
(Please sign up using my referral links above and I will receive a credit for your purchase at no additional charge to you. Thank you!)
I purchased the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living (one of the starter kit options you’ll see if you sign up as a Wholesale Member) because it’s a great way to buy the most popular everyday oils at a huge discount (and I like discounts).