That’s why when soap and water are not an option – whether that’s because we’re camping or in an airplane with a bathroom waiting area that looks like a conga line – I use this homemade hand cleansing gel.
It’s inspired by a recipe found in Treatment Alternatives For Children, which was written by holistic pediatrician Lawrence Rosen, MD. However, because I prefer a gel rather than a spray, I increased the amount of aloe and cut out the water in the original recipe. I also substituted the suggested essential oils with ones from this child-safe list based on recommendations from Essential Oil Safety, which was published after Dr. Rosen’s book was released. The oils I chose have similar therapeutic actions, but are ones I feel more comfortable using with children.
Why avoid most store-bought hand sanitizers?
Many include ingredients such as benzalkonium chloride – which is considered a moderate hazard by the Environmental Working Group – and fragrances that score between a 7-10 (the highest hazard rating possible).
What if you don’t want to make your own?
Dr. Bronner’s make a hand sanitizer spray with clean ingredients – you can find it here. It’s alcohol-based, which can be irritating if used frequently, but I think it’s fine to use on occasion.
Homemade Hand Cleansing Gel
This recipe is appropriate for kids that are 2+. It makes approximately 2.5 ounces, which fits perfectly in these silicone squeeze bottles. If you only have a few of these oils, that’s okay! Use what you have and just make sure you include 15 drops total. The only exception is cinnamon leaf, which should be limited to 9 drops per batch.
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