This recipe has been a lifesaver! I created it after researching online hand sanitizer recipes. I had found a lot that I liked, but most of them called for several essential oils, which would have been steep to purchase. Instead, this hand sanitizer allows real plants and spices to steep indefinitely in a blend of vodka, aloe and witch hazel. It is very affordable to make, smells amazing, and is gentle on your hands. :)
2/3c witch hazel
2/3c aloe juice
1/4t tea tree oil
16 capsules or 40 drop vitamin E
16 lavender blossoms
16 small lavender sprigs
8 cinnamon sticks, broken in half (we use a hammer)
8 small sprigs rosemary
Combine the four liquid ingredients and mix well. Using a funnel, pour into individual containers. Make sure to leave some headroom. We like these little plastic squirt bottles, which hold 1/4c, but we only have a few, so we store the rest in glass jars.
We put contents of 2 vitamin E capsules (easy to crush with a clean garlic press!), lavender flowers, 2 lavender sprigs, 1/2 cinnamon stick, 1 sprig rosemary, and 4 cloves in each 1/4c squirt bottle.
If you prefer, you could simply combine all ingredients in a quart jar and allow to to steep one week before pouring some off to use. Hand sanitizer will be stronger the longer it steeps. :)
Enjoy your picnics and on-the-go meals!