Have you noticed how often you want to touch your face, especially since your not supposed too? I feel like I have to conscientiously think about it all day long! And someone coughing or sneezing near me makes me want to run, even though allergy season is in full swing here in Arizona and every other person seems to have seasonal allergies.
Did you know that for every 15 seconds of hand-washing with soap and water, ten times more bacteria are removed from your hands?
What if you don't have soap and water handy?
I was browsing the internet looking for some other homemade hand sanitizer solutions, since stores seem to be out out of them, as well as some of the recommended items to make the most popular hand sanitizing solution.
This is the one that seems to be the most highly recommended:
2/3 Cup of Aloe Vera Gel
1/3 Cup of Rubbing Alcohol
5 to 10 drops of essential oil (optional)
I found these other solutions on The Remedy Store Website:
You may not know this, but vinegar has excellent anti-bacterial qualities. It kills 99 percent of all bacteria. Vinegar does not pollute the environment. It is not toxic and it's safe to eat, so safe for children and pets.
The smell will dissipate quickly and leave your hands odorless and bacteria free. You can add a couple of drop of lavender or lemon oil want to. Store it in a small spray bottle.
Hydrogen Peroxide (3 percent)
This has been proven efficient against bacteria when it comes into contact with it. It causes the bacteria to decompose. If you choose to use this, you need to carry it around in a colored bottle and keep it away from heat sources as it will oxidize it and make it inefficient.
Tea Tree Oil
You can mix up to 10 drops of tea tree oil with one teaspoon of Castor oil and shake well before you had in six ounces of water. Give a good shake up every time you use it.
Tea tree oil can cause skin irritation and the smell is very strong for some people. It thoroughly destroys bacteria as it is anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.
Don't you wish germs were color coded so you could see if what you are using was the doing its job?
Twenty seconds of thorough hand washing with soap and water is the most highly effective solution for killing germs. But, since this is not always available along with many germ fighting solutions and toilet paper, I hope these alternatives help. If you are looking for some sweeter smelling sanitizers, check out the website for The Remedy Shop. They seemed to have the most to offer what I was looking for.