Our family pretty much never uses conventional antibacterial soaps or hand sanitizers. They contain harmful ingredients like triclosan and fragrances or skin irritants like alcohol. Instead, we use natural soap and water to wash our hands whenever we can. It is just as effective at killing germs and bacteria.

And up until recently, when we didn’t have access to water, we would use this natural and gentle aloe vera hand sanitizer spray with lavender and tea tree oils, both of which are antibacterial and antiviral. This spray is easy to make and it’s safe for babies over the age of 3 months. You can pop it in your bag so you can use it when you’re on the go. Plus, it smells good! Below is the recipe as well as a video with step-by-step instructions on how to make it.

UPDATE: Now with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are turning to a stronger and alcohol-based hand sanitizer. If you’d like to learn how to make that, you can watch our pre-recorded online workshop here. All of the proceeds collected from the workshop registrations are going to Say Mercy to help support people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. 

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Pure Witch Hazel Extract (alcohol-free, so it can be used on babies and individuals with sensitive skin)
  • ½ teaspoon Glycerin
  • 12 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil
  • 12 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) essential oil
  • 7 drops Vitamin E
  • ~70 mL Aloe Vera Juice
  • 80 mL Aluminum Bottle with Mister

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except aloe vera juice in the bottle.
  2. Fill the remainder of the bottle with aloe vera juice.
  3. Shake well before use.
  4. Safe for babies 3 months and older.

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