homemade hand sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer

2 ounce glass spray bottle
Fill half of the bottle with distilled water
Add 1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil
Add 10 drops Thieves essential oil
Fill the rest of the bottle with witch hazel
Shake and spray!

This hand sanitizer is very similar to my homemade disinfecting spray. Really the only difference is that it contains more witch hazel and I also added some fractionated coconut oil. We use fractionated coconut oil as our carrier oil when we apply oils to our skin (more on those recipes soon). Therefore, I already had this on hand. However, if you don't have fractionated coconut oil, you can make this sanitizer without it. I just love adding a little coconut oil for extra moisturizing, not to mention the yummy smell.

Before using this homemade hand sanitizer, I was using store-bought hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes that had an alcohol percentage of 60-70%. After reading a few articles, I found out that this is not okay for little ones. The lower alcohol percentage, the better. And 60-70% is the opposite of low. They don't tell you these things in childbirth class. Apparently they do tell you on the back of the packaging, but who really reads those disclaimers anyways? ;) Whooops. This homemade hand sanitizer smells amazing and kills germs on contact. But the best part? It's safe for both adults and kiddos. I buy organic witch hazel that has a low percentage alcohol (only 14%) so it is great for little ones.

We keep three bottles of hand sanitizer filled and ready to go at all times. One stays in our kitchen oils stash for easy access. A second goes in Porter's room so that I can grab it easily before and after diaper changes. And a third hangs out in our diaper bag for trips out of the home. This sanitizer has been a lifesaver for us and I hope it is for you, too!

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