You don't have to be a germaphobe to care about keeping your hands clean. Whether we're at the grocery store or the public park, germs are all around us, and anyone who lives an active lifestyle will tell you that washing your hands with soap and warm water isn't always an option. For those times when we're on the go, it's up to hand sanitizer to defend us from unwanted germs.
These days, hand sanitizer comes standard in most schools, hospitals, and bathrooms. People even carry miniature bottles in their cars or purses. The primary active ingredient in hand sanitizer is isopropyl alcohol, along with ethanol and other various chemicals. It's quick, convenient, and often comes in all sorts of exciting scents and colors. Unfortunately, hand sanitizer can get pretty expensive, not to mention all of those chemicals and dyes used to make them look and smell pretty can be bad for you and your skin. Instead of purchasing a bottle from the store, Brooke from the YouTube channel WhatsUpMoms has a recipe for DIY hand sanitizer that you absolutely have to try.
Not only is their recipe an affordable alternative, it is also made up of only natural ingredients. Brooke takes advantage of things like aloe vera gel, witch hazel, tea tree oil, Vitamin E oil, and whichever essential oil you think smells best. The aloe vera gel does the heavy lifting when it comes to consistency, while the witch hazel acts as a great alcohol substitute that is much gentler on hands. So, the next time you leave your house for a long day of errands and exploration, be sure to pack a bottle of this natural hand sanitizer instead of the store bought stuff!