DIY Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer

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When you make your own  DIY hand sanitizer with essential oils and aloe vera, you KNOW exactly what all of the ingredients are and you have the reassurance that it is safe for yourself and kiddos! You never have to worry that you are putting harmful ingredients or fragrances on the ones you cherish most!

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DIY Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer

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My family lives very on-the-go lives. Whether we are running between school and sports or hiking or spending time on the lake, we are not always able to wash our hands with soap and water when we desperately need to! Traditional store bought hand sanitIzer doesn’t settle well with my family as it gives us all headaches from the smells. Not to mention, it always dries my kids hands out.

So what is a mom to do? How do you solve the dirty, germy hands problem? 

Being a mom of 3 littles, this is what I do!

  1. I always keep a package of baby wipes in my van (I love this brand because they are chemical free!). Honestly, these have saved my life in more ways than not! I have my kiddos wipe off their hands to remove any dirt or residue and then throw it away in my backseat garage can.
  2. Once their hands are wiped off, I pass around our DIY hand sanitizer that uses essential oils. I make up a bottle and store it in my van or purse and it lasts a really long time! This sanitizing mist purifies their hands by eliminating bacteria and other germs on the skin without drying it out. Plus, it has a wonderful citrus spice aroma that makes my usually very stinky van smell wonderful!! (at least for a short period of time!)

What is an essential oil?

Essential oils are pure extracts from plants, they are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs and are nature’s defense mechanism for plants and cells. They are highly concentrated so a little goes a very long way and they are a safe, effective, affordable, and an alternative to many synthetic products/remedies.

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DIY Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer

DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe:

1 tablespoon aloe vera gel


  1. In a glass spray bottle, combine aloe vera gel and doTERRA On Guard.
  2. Fill the rest of bottle with water. Shake until combined.
  3. To use, spray on hands and rub together.

What if you don’t want to make your own DIY hand sanitizer? 

Good news! You can actually buy bottles of premade hand sanitizer and have it shipped to your front door! My friend Bonnie is an essential oil expert and can help you get all of the products you need. Purchase your oils though Bonnie and you will receive access to her exclusive community where she shares everything you need to know about oils from facts to recipes and more!

The premade bottles are super easy to transport and can fit everywhere you go! …like in a cooler for a picnic lunch out on the lake in our canoe!

DIY Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer

You can also diffuse OnGuard in a diffuser and make your house smell amazing while it purifies your air!

Beyond riding germs and smelling amazing, essential oils can be used for so many other things – like my lavender lemon essential oil roll on body perfume!  or my homemade natural carpet powder! 

What is your favorite essential oil to use? Tell me in the comments!

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