This spray is my go-to recipe when it comes to on-the-go-germ-fighting-fluid-in-a-spray-bottle! Since we stopped frantically killing the germs (good and bad) from our bodies, we’re actually much healthier and our hands are less irritated. And it’s no wonder; some of the ingredients in mainstream hand sanitising sprays have been linked to endocrine-disruption, skin irritation and organ system toxicity (plus toxicity to aquatics and environmental persistence).
Triclosan-containing soap products were not found to provide any additional skin-sanitizing benefits compared to soap not containing Triclosan. In addition, TCS was found to produce bacterial resistance via target site modification which decreased the inhibitory effect of this chemical. With research findings like this, it’s a wonder we are still seeing it in personal care products. Even though regular soap and water is more effective at cleaning and is the ideal solution for dirty hands, I can see how sanitiser is handy to have when you’re on the go.
So, rather than spend your time analysing labels, or chance compromising your health, why not make your own?
This hand sanitising spray recipe contains some powerful essential oils which are highly antibacterial and antimicrobial, and won’t dry your hands (well, it doesn’t dry ours). Does it destroy all of the germs on your hands? Unlikely. But it is enough to give me some peace of mind when I’m out and about and don’t have access to a sink, soap and water.
Because it contains water and essential oils, I suggest shaking it well, making it in small batches and reading all of my recommended reading notes.
Makes: 50 g | 1.8 oz Prep time: < 5 min.
50 g | 1.8 oz water
1 heavy pinch salt
30 drops of essential oils
My choice of essential oils…
My favourite essential oils in this recipe are tea tree, thyme and cinnamon, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.
1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.
2. Transfer into container of choice. (I use a glass bottle with spray atomiser).
Spray hands as required. Since oil and water don’t mix, you’ll need to shake well prior to each use.
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With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.
She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.
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