Homemade Hand Sanitizer

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  1. Jewels says:

    What is the Vitamin E for? Could one use distilled water instead of filtered?

  2. Danielle Rodriguez says:

    What brand essential oils do you recommend? Organic?

  3. Joanna says:

    I made it from real aloe vera leaves, however I find it a little watery. Is there something we can add to thicken it? Thanks

    • I would try adding in a little of the aloe vera gel. That is typically pretty thick and should help. I’m not sure if xanthum gum would work in this recipe as a thickening agent or not.

      • Margaret says:

        Yes, xanthum gum would work. Might be a bit slimy feeling in comparison to commercial hand sanitizer. Just be sure to use a high speed immersion blender or such to hydrate the xanthan gum well.

  4. sharon says:

    Could I use my organic aloe gell and just add tea tree and poss v it e? …would that still work?

  5. Mark Castillo says:

    How long would it last if I used gel from actual aloe vera leaves?

  6. Sibyl says:

    could we use the Protective blend instead of tea tree?

  7. Joanne says:

    Tea tree oil is very overpowering to the senses…is there a substitute? I have plenty of aloe vera plants! Great idea! I’m interested in organic essential oils, as well. Thanks! :)

  8. Cynthia says:

    I appreciate all your great content! Thanks for all the great info you share. I’m wondering about the anti-bacterial properties of some of the essential oils, like tea tree, “thieves” type oils, etc… Do they kill the good bacteria as well? I definitely prefer not using commercial hand sanitizers with chemicals, but still worry about killing the good bacteria when I’m trying to kill the bad! I can’t seem to find any information about this.

  9. Sara says:

    Does this really work I’m starting a job with a lot of people and computers and a lot of germs

  10. Debi says:

    Love it thank you

  11. Laurie says:

    where can you buy dispensing tubes?
    Thank you

  12. Denise says:

    FYI…link to Aloe Vera Gel leads to Aloe Vera juice. I ordered it and didn’t notice, but started to make it and it was very liquidly…then noticed. Ordering gel now…looking forward to making this. Now looking for something to make with juice:)

  13. Connie says:

    Just tried some……easy to make……used thieves oil for this batch

  14. Kristi Turchi says:

    I wanted to ask about the aloe vera gel you recommend. It has carageenan in it and I thought that was a cancer causing ingredient? Just curious. Thank you!

  15. Amy says:

    can you use plastic containers when using oils or plastic is ok? Thought using oils with plastic would not be ideal?? Curious..