For the longest time, we were always getting the question, what about sanitizing? “I want to carry a hand sanitizer!” “What about sanitizing my toys/baby bottles/pacifiers?” It seems like these days, it’s so much more prevalent to see some parent slathering Purell or the like on their kid at every turn. They keep giant warehouse size bottles of it in school classrooms. Parents want to sanitize their entire life. Even my washing machine has a sanitizing mode. Do my kid’s socks really need to be sanitized?
When we were younger our parents weren’t insane about wiping down grocery carts before we sat in them. We didn’t have cart covers. As much as I eschew religious references, like my mother says “God made dirt and dirt don’t hurt!“. Maybe she could use a little polishing on her grammar, but what she says is true. Yu can’t be sterilized all the time. But dirt can be contaminated with pesticides, lead and PDBE’s…. I’m paranoid like that.
I know that there are times when there is a need for something to sanitize when you’re on the run and you have nothing else available to you. Like when the only place to go to the bathroom for miles is an old disgusting gas station rest room with no soap.
Now that I’ve stepped up on my soapbox, here are some natural sanitizer alternatives:
- Clean George Hand Purifier
- Dr Bronner’s Hand Sanitizing Spray
- For My Kids
- Healthy Hands
- Honest Hand Sanitizer
- Joyful Girl
- All natural hand sanitizer by picnic basket crafts
- Quash Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
Looking to kill bacteria or fight germs in your home? One of our favorite ingredients we’ve recommended time and time again, is vinegar. Another great ingredient is lemon juice (from a fresh squeezed lemon is best). Making a mix of the two to clean your counters and other surfaces in your home beats the pants of off those noxious smelling blue multipurpose cleaners any day of the week.
Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer
You can easily make your own hand sanitizer. Essential oils such as thyme, oregano, tea tree, peppermint, and eucalyptus to name a few are great at killing a host of bacteria. Here’s an easy recipe from eHow.com
- 100% pure aloe vera gel (organic is preferred – aloe can be preserved with parabens)
- Witch hazel
- Tea Tree Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Place about 1 cup of your pure aloe vera gel into a bowl.
- Slowly mix in 1-2 teaspoons of Witch Hazel. You do not want the consistency of the gel to become too thin.
- Add 3-4 drops of Tea Tree essential oil, and 3-4 drops of Peppermint essential oil. Slowly stir ingredients together.
- If you find the consistency to be too thin, add more aloe vera gel a teaspoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
- Store in a re-purposed container.
Most of the time however, just warm soapy water for 15-20 seconds is more than enough to kill germs. I have my son sing his ABC’s while washing his hands to get into the practice of washing for long enough. I save even the natural hand sanitizers for when we’re truly in need.