My inner clean freak is conflicted. You see, I love having clean hands (especially during cold & flu season), but I hate hand sanitizer. It is seriously gross. Over scented, weirdly goopy, and generally awful. I only use it when it is absolutely the only option, and I hate every second of it when I do. So I thought I’d improve on it.

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This hand sanitizer lotion has a pleasing texture, moisturizes your skin, and zaps germs (though likely not with a bazooka like the goo stuff you can buy). It comes together quickly, and doesn’t leave your hands smelling like a demented baby wipe for hours on end. I keep a small squeeze bottle of it in my purse now, and it’s awesome.

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The germ zapping powers come from a bit of rubbing alcohol, some anti-bacterial/viral essential oils (tea tree, lavender, and rosemary), and some raw honey. After that, it’s really just normal lotion.

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Given that this recipe is ineffective, I no longer recommend making it.

Hand Sanitizer Lotion

7g Emulsimulse/Ritamulse (or other emulsifying wax)
18g grapeseed oil

60g water
2g glycerin
3g raw honey
10g rubbing alcohol

5 drops tea tree essential oil
8 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops rosemary essential oil

Combine the emulsifying wax and grapeseed oil in a small saucepan and melt over medium heat.

While the oils melt, combine the water and glycerin in a small bowl. Warm in the microwave for 20 seconds and stir to combine. Combine the raw honey and alcohol in another dish and stir to combine.

Once the oils have melted, add the water mixture to the pan and heat through. Remove from heat and whisk constantly as the mixture cools and thickens into a nice lotion.

Whisk in the rubbing alcohol and raw honey. We’re doing this now so the heat doesn’t evaporate off all the alcohol and spoil the honey.

Whisk in the essential oils. Decant into a lotion bottle and enjoy!

It has come to my attention that this formulation is not going to be terribly effective at sanitizing due to the low concentrations of the “sanitizing” ingredients—thanks to Dawn & C for science-ing that up for me. You can try inverting the amounts of water and rubbing alcohol for a more effective product, though I’m not sure how the emulsion will hold at that point.

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