Keeping the germs at bay is vital right now, but as people panic hoard products, it can be difficult to get your hands on the supplies you need. This DIY Hand Sanitizer recipe by Better Shea Butter is just as effective as the pre-bottled stuff, while only using a couple of ingredients and the natural antiviral, antibacterial power of aloe.
Disclaimer: Hand sanitizer should not be used as a substitute for washing your hands. Proper handwashing is the most effective method in cleaning your hands. Rather, hand sanitizer should be considered supplementary.
Aloe Vera Gel: The BBE Difference
Beauty by Earth's aloe vera gel is an integral part to this DIY hand sanitizer recipe. While you might be inclined to opt for a brand you have lying around, take a second to read the ingredients. If it contains artificial dyes (to make it appear a gross, electric green), water as the first ingredient, a slew of chemicals or parabens, etc., it's not doing you or your skin any favors.
BBE's aloe vera gel is 98% organic aloe vera, with small amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, and Sodium Citrate to give your skin some extra love. You're getting the real deal here, and all of its benefits!
Better Shea Butter's DIY Hand Sanitizer
Better Shea Butter's recipe is so good, we just had to feature it! Check out their website for more amazing recipes—not to mention their quality butters which are natural and ethically sourced! (Clean beauty FTW!)
- 1/2 cup isopropyl alcohol
- 1/4 cup Beauty by Earth's Aloe Vera Gel
- 1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil
Combine all of your ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly with a spoon.
Using a funnel, pour the liquid into your desired container and voila! You’ve just crafted your own bacteria-killing hand protectant. Not a fan of Tea Tree oil? Try any of these anti-bacterial essential oils instead: Peppermint, Clove, Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Thyme, or Rosemary.
You can even mix and match to get a unique scent. Throw in some Chamomile or Lavender to really bring in a unique, lovely aroma. If you have sensitive skin, avoid all citrus essential oils like Lemon, Lime, or Orange. These guys can irritate your skin, especially when you’re using them on a regular basis.
It's best to stay home and limit contact with others for the time being. However, if you absolutely need to get out to go to the store or what have you, keep your distance, wash your hands where you can (Otherwise, use your handy hand sanitizer), and don't touch your face.
Stay safe and sanitized,