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When I made the commitment for my family to live healthier, I was overwhelmed with the number of things I had to think about. There was diet and nutrition, physical and mental exercise, examining lifestyle, and so much more. This would be a new way of thinking and acting — for the rest of our lives! Because of my tendency to seek perfection and want things all at once, I knew this would make me crazy if I didn’t pace myself right from the beginning.
I found that taking individual steps, and focusing on a couple of things at a time, was more manageable for me. Baby steps made it easier on my [reluctant] family, too. Swapping just one habit, or one group of products at a time helped us make progress without me feeling overwhelmed. The progressive approach also helped my family adjust, without as much grumbling as I think would’ve happened all at once.
It took a couple of years, but we were finally able to implement the healthier, more natural lifestyle we lead today. Looking back at where we started, I’m proud of how far we’ve come on our “greening journey”, as I like to call it.
The earliest changeovers we made included the foods we ate (or stopped eating), cleaning up our drinking water, choosing smarter cleaning products, and making changes to our home to eliminate toxins and irritants (read about that journey here). Later on, I began switching out personal care products, focusing on natural first aid and healing remedies, filtering our air, and researching ingredients to make certain products on my own.
One of the things I had forgotten about were those commercial hand sanitizers and wipes that were in the car. We were still using them after pumping gas, before eating in the car, or in place of washing our hands when that just wasn’t possible. I still had those purse-sized bottles hanging everywhere, and we’d easily go thru several of them at Disney, during a day of volunteering, or when my kids were working their part-time jobs.
When the FDA finally banned triclosan, a dangerous ingredient in anti-bacterial products, it finally got me thinking about what else was lurking in those bottles. I guess it was the push I needed to come up with a healthier way of cleaning our hands in the car, safer than absorbing chemicals into our skin like before. We used to hate the stink of those hand sanitizer products, and would always have to open the car windows when using them! I can’t believe I didn’t think about the consequences sooner, but no regrets, and glad I moved onward…
I love that we’re not only getting rid of bacteria now, but also naturally moisturizing our hands at the same time. My current blends are based on recipes found on the internet, with changes I made on my own. I’m sure there are other blends that work well, too, but here are our recipes if you want to give them a try.
I’m giving you my simplest recipe and my super-duper one, so you can choose based on what you have on hand. Pay attention to the thickness before deciding whether to store it in a spray or squirt bottle.
Homemade Hand Sanitizing Liquid
Fill a spray bottle with:
a few drops of almond oil (test it to see how much moisturizing you like) I use THIS
tea tree oil (depends on bottle size, maybe 10-20 drops) I use THIS
water to the top
Add-Ins for Super-Duper Recipe
May need to transfer to a squeeze bottle:
lavender essential oil (depends on bottle size, maybe 5-10 ten drops) I use THIS
more essential oils (I recommend rosemary, thyme, peppermint, clove, or others to match scent)
vitamin E oil (break open a gel cap or two)
*pure aloe vera (liquid or gel) I use THIS
I don’t use the most expensive oils for this recipe, saving those for other uses; but by all means, use the oils you’re most comfortable with.
If I’m making a liquid recipe, I use either old spray bottles, or ones I buy at the dollar store. If I’m making a gel recipe, I’ll re-purpose old shampoo bottles with tight-fitting caps. (*Ours is usually runny because I use the same aloe liquid I put in my daily drinks.)
If you like the convenience of wipes, you can fill an old baby wipes container (with the pop top) about 1/8 full with the liquid recipe, then stuff as many crumpled up paper towels as you can fit in there. And if you’re feeling really ambitious, you can saw (yes, saw) a roll of paper towels in half and put the half roll in there. I only do that when I’m feeling really ambitious, but if you play your cards right, the pop top works remarkably well for pulling wipes out from the center of the roll.
Finally, I’ve noticed aloe doesn’t stay fresh forever, so if you use aloe, I wouldn’t make a huge batch at one time. If you eliminate the aloe, though, it will last much longer, especially if the bottles are dark or you keep it out of the sun.
To your good health,
As a coach, writer, recovered over-doer and busyness addict, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle while the mind tries to sabotage your success. In my journey to vibrant health, I created a personalized health system of nutrition and supplementation, lifestyle changes, and I retrained my mind and the energy of my body. I view my success as the formula to my happy, healthy life. I now empower other women to create their own personalized formulas, including the tools and strategies just right for them! Amazing life shifts come from our relationships. I look forward to helping you, too!