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There are few issues that stir up a group of “crunchy” (naturally-minded, real-foodie, homemade) ladies as much as hand sanitizer.
Okay, maybe vaccines. But, we’re not going there. Let’s stick with dirty hands and the clear liquid found in millions of purses and classrooms across America.
Before kids I had a “thing” (me and my “things”) against dirt, but oh my, how things changed once my first baby entered the picture. Suddenly messes and dirt (and other unmentionables) stuck to my hair, clothes, skin, and house like cheese on a good grass-fed burger. The need to embrace dirt (not being dirty, just a few extra clingy good germs) became apparent.
Here’s the funny thing about dirt: the more I embraced it, the less we got sick. I’m sure a good diet also helped, along with natural preventives such as: probiotic kombucha, elderberry syrup, and homemade chicken broth.
Now, please hear me out. I’m not talking about smothering our bodies in buckets of dirt and rubbing our hands on every public grocery cart in the store. Please don’t do that! Instead, let’s avoid the constant urge to sanitize our living conditions with millions of toxins in a state of paranoia. Cleaning is good, very good! But a little bit of healthy dirt (allowing our kids to run around outside, garden, and get dirty every now and then) is wonderful for the immune system.
Before we throw away our soap and hand sanitizer (actually, yes, do that; homemade alternatives are so much better), I would like to tell you that I believe in cleanliness. I believe a good liquid hand soap is important to stock in the kitchen and bathroom, laundry soap has its rightful place, and body wash is mommy magic. I also believe hand sanitizer has a time and place: after handling money or touching the never washed grocery store carts.
For those times when good ol’ soap and water just aren’t available, and hands needs to be washed, I keep a homemade hand sanitizer in my purse, made with a few simple ingredients.
Let’s embrace the germs, but also the clean, naturally. I promise it can be done. There’s a balance to everything and this my friend is my crunchy answer to balancing clean and dirty.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. To use the hand sanitizer store in a small jar or a squeeze tube (like this). I also use these tubes for homemade toothpaste. Note: This recipe will make 2 fl oz (one tube.)
As always, the “where to buy” links are the ingredients I personally use to make hand sanitizer. Feel free to use the ingredients you trust and love.
This recipe is inspired by countless recipes across the web, which I’ve adapted to make a recipe that works for our family. We’ve been using this hand sanitizer for nearly a year now and have found that it has a long shelf-life of 12 months.
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