Searching for Hand Sanitizer

With everyone worrying about the coronavirus, hand sanitizer is flying off the shelves. Stores are either in short supply or entirely out of it. But don'y worry I have a solution for you -make your own. It's easy to do and much better for your hands. Most sanitizers use either alcohol or Triclosan as the antibacterial ingredient. Triclosan has been banned in some places and alcohol is very drying to the skin. I use five very available ingredients to make my skin friendly sanitizer that can be bought at the drugstore. Here is the recipe. Place in a stainless steel bowl, 20 drops of Tea tree essential Oil, 5 drops of Peppermint essential Oil, 5 drops of Sweet Orange essential Oil, 1 tablespoon Witch Hazel, 1/4 cup pure Aloe Vera gel. Mix thoroughly and place in containers. I use my old store bought sanitizer containers to put my solution in. The Tea Tree Oil acts as the antibacterial agent and the Witch Hazel gives it a second antibacterial boost. The Aloe Vera is the moisturizer and the Peppermint and Orange Oil add the fragrance. You can substitute different essential oils for the peppermint or orange if you prefer. A small funnel helps when putting the sanitzer into bottles. Wash the bowl you mix it in right away as essential oil tends to penetrate surfaces you don't want your next batch of cookies to taste like Tea Tree oil. Your hands will thank you for treating them gently.