How do YOU fight off the FLU season? If you are like me you keep a steady supply of hand sanitizer in your car, purse, office and in the children's back packs. This helps BUT it also becomes expensive, drys out your hands and think of how much plastic you are throwing away! I know that I have run out before and felt like I was totally unprotected, Especially after leaving the gas station or grocery store! Have you ever thought about how MANY germs on on those gas pump handles or shopping carts? GROSS! I started making my own hand sanitizer about a year ago and WOW I was shocked when I realized how easy and inexpensive it is to make!
We all know there is a LOT to be said about keeping your hands clean. Many times through out the day you find yourself where there is no sink to wash your hands though and it is even worse for children in school (aka germ factories). As with all things homemade you have a two fold advantage, one you know where the ingredients came from and second the cost is way less than your store bought version. I have to thank +Jill Nystul for this simple recipe below. It makes 8 ounces of sanitizer but you can double or triple it to have a large supply to last you & make those "refills" into your "carry along" containers easy by using a re purposed Dish detergent or shampoo bottle.
You can be creative with the Essential oils that you use to give it scent. I like to mix it up in my batches with some of the "Antibacterial" Essential oils. Colds, Flu & Bacteria can become immune to Alcohol based hand sanitizers - leaving you wide open for getting sick. Bacteria has not been found to become immune to the essential oils, even after long periods of time and repeated use at high concentrations. In fact many of the larger hospitals are now installing and using air filtration systems with essential oils to combat the many "Super Bugs" that are drug resistant.... and to think people used to call this stuff "snake oil" who is laughing at us now?