DIY: On Guard Hand Cleanser

I’ve had some requests for the Hand Cleanser/Sanitizer recipe that I mentioned in my  September 9, 2014 “An Ounce of Prevention” post.  So, without further delay, here it is.

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Originally posted in dōTERRAblog.com

Hand cleansers are a convenient, on-the-go solution for cleaning your hands when soap and water are unavailable. Today, traditional hand sanitizers contain isopropyl or ethyl alcohol. These ingredients can be harmful, especially if accessible to unsupervised children.

Most hand sanitizers contain between 60 to 90 percent alcohol, which is enough to cause alcohol poisoning if ingested. According to CNN Health, a 2 ounce bottle of hand sanitizer may contain as much alcohol as four shots of vodka. Yikes!

The alcohol in hand sanitizers can also be a fire hazard, cause severe skin and eye irritation, and be extremely drying to the skin.
There is a very simple solution to this problem–make your own alcohol-free hand cleanser with only a few ingredients. This homemade version will not only cleanse your hands, but moisturize them too.

Here’s how:
Materials Needed :

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5 tablespoons Aloe Vera gel
4 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
8-10 drops On Guard Protective Blend
Small Squeeze Container

Note: Essential oils can be stored in plastic containers if the essential oils are highly diluted. Make sure they are high quality if you do use plastic containers.

Directions:
1. In a bowl combine Aloe Vera gel and Vitamin E oil.
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2. Add 8-10 drops of On Guard Protective Blend to the Aloe Vera mixture.
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3. Add water and mix well to combine. Add more or less water depending on the consistency you want.
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4. Pour into container and you’re done! Put your homemade hand cleanser in your bag, car, or office for an effective, alcohol-free hand cleanser.

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References:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/101880-risks-hand-sanitizers/
http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/blogs/paging.dr.gupta/2007/06/hand-sanitizer-on-rocks-please.html
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