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#1 of 12 Old 10-07-2008, 06:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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i would like to learn how to make my own foaming, alcohol free hand sanitizer. I always use it when i am out so that i do not bring sick germs home. Does anyone know how to make this? Perhaps someone has another recipe that is not foaming or alcohol free, what are your experiences?
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I'm not particularly worried about "sick germs" that I pick up when I'm out and about. That's what my immune system is for. Honestly, I'm far more scared of chemicals than I am about germs. Even a "natural" recipe for hand sanitizer would need to contain a lot of alcohol.

I wash my hands with soap and water (or just water if there's no soap available) after using a public restroom. I wash my hands before eating. I'll pack wet wipes (or damp washcloths in a plastic bag) if I'm planning a picnic and may not have a sink available before eating.

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Oh, I believe in sick germs , I was thinking of making a small spray bottle with rubbing alcohol, essential oils, and witch hazel (which is my deodorant, btw) and keeping it in the car or my bag. I haven't yet figured out to make it foam though....

some other thought just popped in, maybe tea tree oil mixture of something to make it alcohol free. Maybe just unscented lotion w/tea tree oil in it?

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I'm not particularly worried about "sick germs" that I pick up when I'm out and about. That's what my immune system is for. Honestly, I'm far more scared of chemicals than I am about germs. Even a "natural" recipe for hand sanitizer would need to contain a lot of alcohol.

I wash my hands with soap and water (or just water if there's no soap available) after using a public restroom. I wash my hands before eating.
I totally agree Ruthla. I'm more worried about all the antibiotics and "sanitizing" chemicals ending up in the water supply than I am about any "germs". I gave up getting sick over ten years ago, so I don't worry about such things.

I wouldn't use anything other than plain soap and water either. Anti-bacterial soaps and sanitizers create Super-bugs.
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I don't think that alcohol based sanitizers are what is creating the "superbugs," I think that is more from triclosan based products. So if you are using purell or something like that, I don't personally see a problem. That said, there are some natural variations, they are just more expensive. I bet you could google a recipe. I just use purell. I believe in my immune system too but I don't get enough rest, and I have no desire to pick up every bug on the playground.
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I know some moms who carry around a spray bottle with water, tea tree oil and rosemary oil in it.

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I also agree with Ruthla. I've never been a fan of "hand sanitizers". I use soap and water when I return home and as often as practical before eating wherever I am.

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I think i am going to try the tea tree oil with rosemary in a spray bottle. It sounds like it may do the trick. I do also believe in letting my immune system work, but I too, do not get enough sleep and am putting out a lot of physical energy everyday. Also, one of my children almost died on me 4 times because of upper respitory tract infections, so I do my best to keep my hands clean and theirs too. I do believe in hand washing, yes, do not get my wrong, but that is not always practical. I have a baby and four other children, so i cannot always get to a sink before i have to stick my fingers in his mouth or something. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, that is for sure. I like your ideas, and thank you.
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i use aloe vera gel with essential oil, "guardian", or you could use essential oil lavender as it is anti-viral and bacterial.

2 oz. aloe vera gel with 10 drops or so of oil

it moisturizes and protects!
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To get it to foam you could try buying one of those bottles of foaming hand soap and then just pour the soap out and put in your solution...

I know it makes Dr. Bronners soap foam up really nicely so maybe it's worth a shot.
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To get it to foam you could try buying one of those bottles of foaming hand soap and then just pour the soap out and put in your solution...

I know it makes Dr. Bronners soap foam up really nicely so maybe it's worth a shot.
Hell yeah! Why didn't I think of that before? I am so going to do that! Thanks Kitty!
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