Make sure your whole family can keep their hands clean even when there's no soap and running water with a DIY hand sanitizer made with essential oils. (h/t to ReadyNutrition.com)
Ideally, your whole family should wash their hands regularly with soap and running water to maintain proper hygiene and to prevent the spread of germs that may cause disease. But if you don't have access to water, you can keep your hands clean with homemade hand sanitizers that don't contain harmful chemicals.
When you make hand sanitizer at home, you can personalize it by using your favorite essential oils. However, it's best to use 70 percent isopropyl alcohol because alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 70 percent alcohol, such as ethyl alcohol, can help kill 99.9 percent of germs 30 seconds after application.
Rubbing alcohol can also denature proteins. The only germs they do not kill are common ones like salmonella, E. coli, MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and the norovirus.
Essential oils aren't just used for aromatherapy or for making your home smell nice.
In traditional medicine, essential oils are used to relieve symptoms of different ailments and for complementary treatments. The use of essential oils for medicinal purposes dates back to 4500 B.C. when ancient Egyptians discovered that oils and aromatics could be used to treat various illnesses. (Related: Prepper projects: How to make DIY foaming hand soap.)
Chinese medicine also uses herbal concoctions and essential oils. Some of the benefits of essential oils have not yet been clinically tested, but data suggests that these oils may offer health benefits when used properly.
These essential oils have antibacterial properties:
The following essential oils have been studied due to their potential antiviral benefits:
These essential oils have antimicrobial action that can also help fight germs:
Try these suggestions for hand sanitizer essential oil scent combinations:
Here are more essential oil combinations to try:
Making your own hand sanitizer is cost-effective and it ensures that the final product is made with non-toxic ingredients you can find at home.
To make this hand sanitizer, you will need aloe vera, isopropyl alcohol and your preferred blend of essential oils.
You will need:
Homemade hand sanitizer is a great prepper project because it smells amazing and protects you from germs and bacteria. The aloe vera also helps moisturize your skin.