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It’s that time of the year. The time when the weather starts to cool down, and with cooler weather come more germs. It’s also the time of the year when kids head back to school and that means there’s more opportunity to pass sicknesses around.

Today I’m talking about homemade essential oil hand sanitizer, and why this is something you should make for yourself and your kids.

How Germs Spread

Hand sanitizer is one of those convenient types of things that help cut down on the transmission of germs.

Germs are spread three different ways.

  1. Airborne – as in  someone coughs or sneezes and your kid breaths those droplets in.
  2. Direct contact – perhaps someone coughs in their hand and then you shake hands with them.
  3. Indirect contact – you touch the shopping cart at Kroger and then forget to wash your hands before putting a piece of gum in.

Hand sanitizer isn’t going to do much for airborne germ transmission, but it can help with direct and indirect contact transmission since it acts directly on the skin.

I should also state that hand santizer doesn’t replace good ole hand washing. Hand washing does the best job of removing germs. If you haven’t already, teach your kiddo how to wash their hands properly as this will majorly reduce their risk of getting sick. If you wanna make it more fun, teach your child how to wash their hands properly using “glitter germs”. My kids love this, and we do it every year around this time.

So why not save yourself time and just buy plain ole hand sanitizer from the store?

Unfortunately there are some harsh chemicals in most store-bought sanitizers that you probably don’t want on you kid’s skin. This post from Parenting Tips 365 highlights harmful ingredients in hand sanitizers (as well as hand soaps) and includes some great links to back up the claims. This is definitely worth pinning!

It’s for these reasons that natural mamas, like myself, choose to either buy natural products or make our own. Since I like making things myself and saving money, I opt for DIY options.

Okay, so below you’ll find the different homemade essential oil hand sanitizer recipes. Put them in your purse, your diaper bag, your kids backpack, your car, your office desk… wherever you think one will come in handy.

3 Homemade Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer Recipes

The recipes below are each for different aged children based on the essential oils used. These recipes are easy to make and easy to use.

All of the recipes require a small amount of alcohol as it helps disperse the essential oils in the whole mixture better, keeping concentrated amounts off your kiddos skin. Vodka is different than rubbing alcohol which is what’s found in many hand sanitizer recipes, but if you’re not comfortable with any kind of alcohol, then replace the alcohol in the recipes with a carrier oil like apricot kernal oil. Just be sure to shake your hand sanitizer well before using.

Also note that I’ve specified using organic aloe gel. The reason is that aloe is easily absorbed by the skin which means it carries whatever is mixed with it into the body… including toxins and chemicals if it’s not organic. When it comes to using anything aloe… I always go organic!

Disinfecting Citrus Mint Hand Sanitizer

This recipe uses a blend of disinfecting essential oils to help decease germs on hands. This blend is for kids 10 and up. Do not use it on kids under 10 years old!!

Ingredients:

Directions: 

  1. Fill your 1 oz. pump bottle 1/4 full of vodka.
  2. Add in 5 drops of rosemary essential oil, 3 drops of lemon essential oil, and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil. Cap and shake to mix well.
  3. Finally, fill your pump bottle the rest of the way up with organic aloe gel. Cap and shake to thoroughly mix.

*Use within 1 month.

Little Tykes Hand Sanitizer

This recipe uses a blend of two of the gentlest, safest essential oils, and can be used on little ones ages 2 – 6. This blend is not for kids under 2 years old!!

Ingredients:

Directions: 

  1. Fill your 1 oz. pump bottle 1/4 full of vodka.
  2. Add in 2 drops of lavender essential oil and 1 drop of tea tree essential oil. Cap and shake to mix well.
  3. Finally, fill your pump bottle the rest of the way up with organic aloe gel. Cap and shake to thoroughly mix.

*Use within 1 month.

“Thieves” Hand Sanitizer

The “thieves” essential oil blend is all the rage these days, but unfortunately it’s not made for children under 10 years old as some of the oils are less than safe for little bodies. However, you have a couple options if you wanna use a “theives” blend or something close to it with your little ones.

  1. Your first option is to skip the EOs and go the herbal route to get some of the goodness of this blend seeing how it’s made from herbs in the first place. You can use this on any age.
  2. Your second option is to make a kid-friendly “thieves” blend to use instead. This recipe comes from Lea Harris of LearningAboutEOs.com, and is one of my favorite anti-germ blends to use on my kids since they’re all under 10! I’ll be sharing the recipe that’s safe for ages 6 months and up. Keep in mind, I’ve tweaked it slightly from her original recipe. If you want a stronger version of this blend for older children, read this post and follow her blend recipe for the selected age group.

Now, if you’re mom or your making this for a kid over 10 years old, it’s safe to use a bit of “thieves” essential oil blend in your bottle. Check out the “thieves” hand sanitizer recipes below. Hopefully you’ll find something that will suit your needs.

Herbal “Thieves” Hand Sanitizer

This blend is for children of all ages!

Ingredients:

Directions: 

  1. Fill your 1 oz. pump bottle 1/2 full of organic aloe gel.
  2. Add in your vinegar of the four thieves tincture.
  3. Fill bottle to the top with aloe gel. Cap and shake to thoroughly mix.

*Use within 1 month.

Kid-Friendly “Thieves” Hand Sanitizer

This blend is for children ages 6 months and up. Do not use on children younger than 6 months!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Fill your 1 oz. pump bottle 1/4 full of vodka.
  2. Add in 3 drops of sweet orange essential oil, 5 drops of cinnamon leaf essential oil, and 2 drops of pine essential oil. Cap and shake to mix well.
  3. Finally, fill your pump bottle the rest of the way up with organic aloe gel. Cap and shake to thoroughly mix.

*Use within 1 month.

“Thieves” Hand Sanitizer

This recipe is for children 10 years old and older. Do not use on children younger than 10!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Fill your 1 oz. pump bottle 1/4 full of vodka.
  2. Add in 6 drops of thieves essential oil. Cap and shake to mix well.
  3. Finally, fill your pump bottle the rest of the way up with organic aloe gel. Cap and shake to thoroughly mix.

*Use within 1 month.

DIY Disinfecting Citrus Mint Hand Sanitizer + 2 More Kid-Friendly Essential Oil Blends | GrowingUpHerbal.com

So there you go. Three different homemade essential oil hand sanitizer recipes you can make and use with your kids (and yourself) this fall to help keep the germs away.

Stay tuned for more tips on how to keep your kids immune systems built up during these upcoming cold months to keep the sickies away!

Click here and tell me which of these recipes is your favorite!