Posted on | March 29, 2013 | 3 Comments
Let me preface this by saying I am NOT a germophobe. I believe germs have their place in this world. You can find them in the soil you use to grow your food. You find them occurring naturally, beautifully & “utilitarianly” in the digestive tract. I believe that antibiotics & the use of antibacterial soaps are abused & quite frankly, almost unnecessary. The overuse of these things has led to antibiotic/antibacterial resistant super-bugs. Even the CDC is admitting this these days.
It never fails. You go out with friends for a meal or to take the kids on an outing. Sometimes you go bowling, sometimes you go thrifting, sometimes you find yourself at the zoo, petting a lot of animals with who know what germs & diseases. Then it’s time to eat, or it’s time to go home, or it’s time to “freshen up.”
And out come the bottles of Germ-X, Purell & other store brand logos with the words “HAND SANITIZER” emblazoned across the front of little plastic bottles. They come with plastic carabiners to attach brightly coloured doo-dads of germ-fighting… stuff… to your purse or belt loop.
But have you ever read the backs of those bottles? WHAT is half that stuff anyway? About the only word I can make out is alcohol & that’s always followed by the phrase “Flammable. Do not use near heat or fire.”
So they want me to rub this… stuff… on my body & the bodies of those little people I gave birth to & not know what is seeping into my body & realizing we might just catch on fire???
Thanks, but no thanks.
(OK, the catching on fire bit is a little overkill, but I think you see where I’m going with this. It still is flammable, though 😉 )
The first time I made this, I used tea tree oil. While I greatly appreciate the antiseptic qualities of TTO, the smell leaves a little to be desired. I wanted to find something else that smelled a little less… TTO-ish & a little more like something I’d WANT to put on my body & smell like.
I’ve been making Thieves Oil for years & use it in place of disinfectant spray (like Lysol) for flu & cold germs. It works amazingly well, so I thought I could channel that power into a jar of hand sani! So here’s a hand sanitizer I prefer to put on my kids. It smells much better than the store bought alcohol based ones, too.
Thieves Oil Hand Sanitizer + variations
Use as you would waterless, alcohol-based, store-bought sanitizer.
Variations: the general rule is about 30 drops of essential oil. I’ve done this before with just tea tree oil, but I prefer the smell of the mix above. Lavender is considered an antiseptic, so 30 drops of lavender only may also be used. You can also mix & match any of the above or any of your favourite antiseptic/antiviral essential oil. Use caution when trying essential oils on your skin, as some people have a strong sensitivity to them & find they may burn or sting.
“Michaela– homeschooling Mom to 3 boys, wife to one wonderful Hubba, kitty-momma, likes gardening/sewing/baking/cooking/a multitude of other things.
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