Homemade Hand Sanitizer
With new diseases appearing each day, it’s important to keep your child’s hands clean and germ free. As a parent, you want to do everything possible to ensure your child stays healthy, especially when a contagious virus spreads. Instead of stocking up on hand sanitizer at the store, try this activity where you’ll make your very own personal sanitizer! It’s easy enough for your child to help you with, which means she’ll be more willing to use it and remain healthy.
What You Need:
- ⅓ cup of rubbing alcohol
- ⅔ cup of aloe vera gel
- 8–10 drops of essential oil (such as vanilla, lavender, grapefruit, peppermint, etc.)
- One small mixing bowl and spoon
- Recycled liquid soap bottle
What You Do:
- Pick out a scented essential oil with your child. Essential oils can usually be found at health, beauty product, or aromatherapy stores.
- Help your child measure out each ingredient and pour them into the mixing bowl. Hand her a spoon and invite her to stir carefully.
- Put the funnel in the opening of the soap bottle and pour the mixed ingredients into it.
- Screw the pump back on.
Now you’re ready to battle those germs with your own fragrant hand sanitizer!
Besides the concerns already mentioned, alcohol is drying to the skin. To make a healthier and safer product, use 1/4 cup witch hazel instead. This herbal liquid extract can be found at drugstores or health food stores. Then to boost the germ-fighting power, choose an antibacterial essential oil such as tea tree, thyme, lavender, or citrus.
Kate is the founder of Learn and Grow Books, which is a website for parents and teachers of pre-K children.