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How to Make Great Smelling Hand Soaps & Hand Sanitizers

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The pandemic reminded most of us of the importance of hand sanitisation. As quickly as the covid virus spread around the world, so did the increased demand for hand sanitizers. Washing your hands with water and soap will always be the preferred solution; however, hand sanitizer is the next best thing.

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What Are Store-Bought Hand Sanitizers Made Of?

Hand sanitizer ingredients can vary from brand to brand. But it’s usually made by mixing alcohol with essential oils. A hand sanitizer with at least 80% of alcohol is preferable to help the effectiveness of combating and killing germs. The amount of essential oils used will vary depending on what type and the total volume to be made.  Adding essential oil to hand sanitizer makes the product more pleasurable smelling for the user, disguising the alcohol scent.

Given the shortage of hand sanitizer on the market, people looked for ways to protect themselves at home. Making essential oil hand sanitizer became a very topical search term on Google. Most would find that essential oil DIY hand sanitizer is actually not that hard to make and that most of us would have the majority of the ingredients needed at home in our cupboards already.

What Are DIY Essential Oil Sanitizers Made Of?

A basic DIY essential oil hand sanitizer recipe has 20ml of Aloe Vera Gel, 80ml of Isopropyl alcohol, and a couple of drops of quality essential oil mixed and decanted into a sterilised bottle. Essential oils used for hand sanitizer tend to be fragrances from the citrus family, eucalyptus or pine. This is because most often than not, people associate these fresh, zesty, uplifting top note scents with cleanliness. 

homemade hand sanitizer with fragrance oil

Some of the most popular hand sanitizer diy essential oils are Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Spearmint and Eucalyptus. You will also find that some products on the market will use a blend of essential oils to create a hand sanitizer that smells great and is effective at killing germs.

How Do You Make Hand Sanitizers at Home?

If you’re making your own at home - you could experiment with blending your favourite oils to create your very own personalised hand sanitizer. By adding a few drops of lavender to your mixture, you could create a lovely, calming, and soothing blend. Be sure to follow your essential oil manufactures guide in terms of amounts to use, given the topical nature of the product.

In terms of the types of hand sanitizers on the market, there are several options to choose from to best suit your individual needs and preferences. The most popular types are gels, sprays, and foams. They all work the same way in that you disperse the product into your hands, as though you would a general liquid hand soap, and rub till the formula is dissolved. 

Make Your Own Hand Sanitizers Today!

If you’re looking for practical Christmas gifts this festive season for loved ones and you have some time on your hands, why not try making your own homemade hand soap or DIY hand sanitizer spray with essential oils. You could customise the fragrance for individuals, source lovely unique packaging and even create your personalised labels. Whatever your choice, be sure to stay healthy and safe this festive period!