Make Your Own Peppermint Hand Sanitizer

December 16, 2014

Although we cannot see or feel microorganisms on our skin, they are always present. Even healthy skin is home to hundreds of different kinds of bacteria, particularly on our hands. We use our hands for many different functions throughout the day, and though skin is an excellent protective barrier against infection, some of the ways you use your hands allow bacteria to bypass your skin’s barrier, such as rubbing your eyes. According to the World Health Organization, the bacteria on your hands can be divided into two types; resident and transient bacteria. Resident bacteria is the type that lives with you most of the time, while transient bacteria is that which you pick up as you are going through your daily activities, such as shaking hands with other people, turning on lights, and opening doors.

Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the most effective ways of removing bacteria from your skin. Nonetheless, sometimes you may need to cleanse your hands, but do not have access soap and water. In this situation, a hand sanitizer is what you need.

How Hand Sanitizers Work

A typical, store-bought hand sanitizer contains the active ingredients isopropanol or ethanol; these are both forms of alcohol. These types of alcohol have the ability to kill many germs on contact, without damaging the skin’s tissue. Isopropanol and ethanol kill germs by dissolving their constituent proteins, causing the germs to die.

Hand sanitizers have a number of benefits, such as:

  • Significant reduction of bacteria on the hands,
  • Increased convenience,
  • Quick-acting,
  • Can cause less irritation than soap and
  • May improve the skin’s condition.

Using a hand sanitizer can protect your health and help prevent the spread of bacteria.

Making Your Own Hand Sanitizer

A homemade hand sanitizer has a number of advantages over a store-bought hand sanitizer, including:

  • You can avoid artificial chemical fragrances.
  • It is friendly for the environment.
  • You can avoid using ethanol or isopropanol.

Homemade hand sanitizers are just as effective as store-bought versions if used and stored properly.

Using Peppermint Essential Oil In A Hand Sanitizer

Peppermint is a flowering perennial native to Europe. It is used to flavor many items including gum, toothpaste, food, candy, and tea. This essential oil has a cool, refreshing flavor and a bright aroma that promotes alertness and clarity of thought. Peppermint is one of the more popular essential oils, not only because of its wonderful scent, but also due to its many healing properties, which include:

  • Relieving stomach and bowel issues
  • Alleviating headaches
  • Helping ease decongestion
  • Soothing skin irritations
  • Killing germs

The latter two properties make Peppermint essential oil an excellent ingredient to include in your own homemade hand sanitizer.

Peppermint Hand Sanitizer Recipe

First, mix together the oils and alcohol. Then, add the aloe vera. Pour the mixture into a bottle. Shake vigorously before each use.

Additionally, make sure not to rub your eyes with your hands immediately after application of the sanitizer.

Adjusting This Formula For Children Under 6

It is best not to use Peppermint with children under the age of six years old because of the sensitivity of their skin. To create a suitable hand sanitizer for younger children, use the following recipe:

  • 25 drops Lavender oil
  • 3 ounces Aloe Vera gel
  • 1 ounce grain alcohol
  • 1 capsule Vitamin E (400 IUs)

When to Use a Hand Sanitizer

Although using soap and water is the most effective way to inactivate many germs, there are times when you will want to use a hand sanitizer, such as:

  • If no soap and water is available,
  • If you are using public transport,
  • If you are traveling overseas or
  • When you’re camping

In order to make sure that your hand sanitizer inactivates the bacteria on your hands effectively, make sure you use enough to cover your hands, rub it in thoroughly and do not wipe it off before it has dried. Remember, a hand sanitizer may not be as effective if your hands are greasy or dirty.

COMMENTS

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Debbie! This same recipe can be used in a spray bottle, just be sure the Aloe Vera gel is thoroughly mixed in with the alcohol.

    On November 01, 2016

  • Debbie says...

    I really like the sound of this recipe. How can I make it a spray?

    On October 30, 2016

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Lisa! Grain alcohol can be purchased at most grocery stores.

    On August 30, 2016

  • Lisa says...

    Where can I buy grain alcohol?
    Thank you.

    On August 29, 2016

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Connie! We don’t recommend substituting pure grain alcohol for Chinese cooking wine.

    On August 02, 2016

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