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DIY Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils and CBD

Good news, hand sanitizer is pretty easy to make. All it takes is a few key ingredients combined with the right amounts and voila, hand sanitizer. Besides, the hand sanitizer you make will probably be better for your skin than the store-bought products with way more chemicals. Since hand sanitizer is sold out everywhere these days here is a quick tutorial for DIY Hand Sanitizer with CBD and Essential Oils:

 

Here are the ingredients and steps for the DIY Hand Sanitizer with CBD and Essential Oils.

Hand Sanitizer Ingredients:

  • 4 oz spray bottle: reuse old sanitizer bottles if you have them
  • Everclear alcohol: alcohol must be at least 150 proof
  • Aloe vera juice: helps moisturize dry skin
  • CBD tincture: aids the immune system (we like Diamond CBD Oils)
  • Orange essential oil: orange blossom essential oil or your personal choice of scent
  • Vegetable glycerin: helps keep skin smooth and soft

Steps:

  1. Fill 4oz spray bottle 2/3 of the way to the top with Everclear Alcohol
  2. Add in 3 tablespoons of aloe vera juice
  3. Drop-in 1 full dropper of CBD
  4. Add 5 to 6 drops of essential oil
  5. Add 3 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin
  6. Screw the top back on the 4 oz spray bottle and shake well before using!

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Easy DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe

One thing that we try and keep around the house is a good hand sanitizer. Second, to a good old fashion hand-washing, hand sanitizer is a perfect way to keep your hands clean when you are on the go… and trying to avoid germs, at all costs.

Unfortunately, at least in my town, it is all but impossible to find any hand sanitizer on the shelves right now. As the Coronavirus spreads into communities, and hand sanitizer slowly makes its way into the hands of price gougers, I thought it would be a wonderful time to share my personal hand sanitizer recipe.

The ingredients are simple, and many of you will have most of them around your home already. I am meaning the essential oils and not the grain alcohol, but who am I to judge?

So without further adieu, if you’re finding yourself in a situation where you need hand sanitizer and do not have it, get to work. And if you can make enough to share with your friends, they will truly appreciate it especially if they have little ones running around.

DIY Hand Sanitizer

DIY Hand Sanitizer

You will need the following:

  1. Preferably in an empty pump bottle, but any glass container will do; add about 30 drops of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has a long list of health benefits and sanitizing properties.
  2. Add in about 5 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Lavender also has some wonderful properties, but personally, I think it smells good and can be a very calming scent.
  3. Okay, so here’s the fun part, add in 3 ounces of a high proof vodka. I’m not talking the good stuff, I’m talking the college party stuff. Don’t skimp because the alcohol volume needs to be high, go with Everclear, for a safe bet.
  4. Next you want to go with about an ounce of aloe vera gel. This is a great moisturizer for your hands and a great way to mix in all the ingredients without them becoming too harsh. If you want to make a spray just substitute witch hazel for the aloe vera gel and you are good to go.
  5. Lastly I would say to add about a quarter of a teaspoon of vitamin E oil, as this will help moisturize and soften your hands.

We all know how important having clean hands is to keep you healthy and to keep germs from being spread.

With hand sanitizer being harder and harder to find this is a great alternative that is just as effective when you are in a pinch.

25 DIY Essential Oils To Use At Home

Essential oils are a terrific and affordable way to improve your life at home, from eliminating odors to helping those occasional bouts of insomnia.

There are many uses for essential oils and you can mix and match to help make your life easier and more productive, all with natural ingredients and no added chemicals.

Read on to learn about 25 do-it-yourself essential oils to use at home.

Bug Spray

 Etsy

During the summer months, many people turn to chemical-filled bug repellent, but with essential oils, you can fend off those pests with an all-natural bug spray.

Not only is it safer, but a bug spray of lavender, citronella, and peppermint essential oils smells better than anything you’ll find at the store.

Room Deodorizer

 All Things Mamma

Buying a room deodorizer is much more expensive than mixing your own using essential oils.

Simply grab a spray bottle and add water and a few drops of your favorite scent such as lemon, lavender, or cedarwood. You can use this deodorizer in any room to keep it smelling fresh.

 

Cleaning Spray

 DIY Network

Cleaning products can cost a lot of money and contain numerous chemicals. If anyone in your home is allergic to those chemicals, you could be causing them great discomfort without even knowing it.

Thankfully, a mixture of distilled white vinegar, water, and your favorite citrus essential oil is an excellent household cleaner.

Disinfectant

 The Well Essentials

Cold and flu season arrives during the winter months and instead of turning to a store-bought disinfectant spray, try this essential-oils-based one instead.

Fill a spray bottle with water, white vinegar, and essential oils such as tea tree oil and lavender and use it to disinfect your household surfaces.

Fabric Refresher

 Violet + Hazel

Pet owners know about the value of a good fabric refresher. These are used to keep your clothes and furniture smelling fresh and odor-free.

In a spray bottle, add baking soda with water and essential oils, then use it to keep everything in your home smelling clean.

Ant Spray

 Sophie Uliano

Ants are annoying pests that can ruin the food in your home. Most people turn to their favorite aerosol that can be full of toxic chemicals to ward off ants, but a better and more environmentally sound spray is available.

Add water, witch hazel, and peppermint oil to any area affected by ants and watch them disappear.

 

 

Hair Spray

 Traveling Hook Creative

Everyone knows that hair products can cost quite a bit when bought from the store or salon. A more affordable alternative exists, though, and it uses no chemicals.

In a spray bottle mix purified water, organic or coconut sugar, and your choice of essential oils. Not only does this work like other hair sprays, but it’s also better for your hair and the environment.

Lice Repellant

 The Healthy

When your children start school, lice can be a common problem. All it takes is one classmate to have lice and suddenly your child is in danger of coming home with the bug.

One essential oil mix that can prevent lice from attaching to hair is water, vodka, essential oils, and neem oil. Spray this into your child’s hair every morning to protect them from lice.

 

 

Mold Spray

 One Essential Community

Mold and mildew is a common household problem, especially in humid environments like your bathroom.

Mold can cause health problems, so a mixture of white vinegar, tea tree oil, and lemon essential oil can be used to cut through all of that mold and mildew build-up.

Breath Spray

 Amazon

Nobody likes bad breath. No matter what time of day, bad breath is demoralizing, putting both the speaker and listener in an awkward position. 

To eliminate bad breath, just take a few drops of peppermint or spearmint oils and mix them with water. Thankfully, essential oils are non-toxic, so even if you swallow some, you won’t be harmed.

 

Perfume

 Think Oily

Perfume is one of the most expensive luxury items for personal use.

With essential oils, however, you can mix your own special fragrance at a fraction of the cost. Your homemade perfume will last longer and cost you less than any perfume on the market.

Bathroom Freshener

 Simply Self Storage

The bathroom is one of the most difficult rooms in a home to keep clean and fresh.

Several companies have produced their own version of bathroom fresheners, but one made with essential oils mixed with water can go a long way in killing odors and germs.

Yoga Mat Cleaner

 Etsy

Those who practice yoga regularly understand the need for a yoga mat cleaner.

Unfortunately, commercial cleaners aren’t cheap so a good essential-oils-based cleaner is a great way to keep your yoga mat clean and ready for your next session. Simply spray your mat and wipe off the oils.

Sleep Spray

 Etsy

Insomnia is a problem that affects many adults. Whether it’s stress at work or too much caffeine throughout the day, not being able to fall asleep is never fun.

Lavender essential oils are known for their relaxing properties and can be mixed with water and other oils to provide a safe way to fall asleep more easily.

 

 

Cat Deterrent

 Apartment Therapy

Although cats are some of the best pets to have, sometimes they can get a naughty streak in them by scratching up your furniture.

Clear dish liquid, water, and eucalyptus essential oils can be used as a sprayed deterrent. It’s safe for your feline friend, but it will tell them to stay away.

Body Spray

 Buddha Groove

A nice body spray is always welcome at the start or end of a long day. With essential oils, you can make your own according to your own scent preferences.

Just add a few drops of your favorite scent to water for a refreshing body spray.

 

Hair De-tangler

 biome

Avoid the high costs of hair care products by creating your own with essential oils. Hair de-tangler sprays can cost a small fortune if you’re not careful.

Instead, use lavender and cedarwood essential oils along with vegetable glycerin and rosemary for a powerful hair de-tangler that smells great.

Makeup Setting Spray

 Hello Glow

Ensuring that your makeup stays on all day is no easy task, especially if you have sensitive skin.

However, a combination of vegetable glycerin, water, and your choice of fragrant essential oils will keep your makeup on all day, without the irritation caused by other commercial products.

 

Countertop Cleaner

 Bev Cooks

Making your own countertop cleaning spray is easier than you think. Fill a bottle with water then add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Kitchen cleaning products are usually scented with a citrus-like lemon or orange, which you can use in your own safer and cheaper cleaner.

Fly Spray

 Mary’s Tack & Feed

If you’re besieged by flies and don’t want to use toxic fly traps, try this spray instead. A non-toxic mixture of peppermint, basil, and rosemary essential oils with dish soap, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar is a safe way to rid yourself of flies.

It’s safe to use on animals, too, so your furry friends don’t have to deal with those pests, either.

 

Holiday Spray

 Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

When the holiday season kicks into high gear, many of us have loved ones visiting our homes for extended periods of time.

Along with holiday music and food, you can help set the mood in your home with freshly sprayed holiday scents.

Use essential oils like peppermint, cinnamon, or orange to create a more festive atmosphere for your guests.

DIY Febreze

 Home Made Lovely

Lots of people love Febreze, the all-purpose spray that eliminates odors and freshens up your home. Unfortunately, Febreze is chock full of chemicals.

With essentials oils you can create your own Febreze-style spray that smells great, lasts for hours, and, best of all, is non-toxic.

 

Mattress Cleaner

 Health Starts in the Kitchen

Never worry about bed bugs again with this simple yet effective mattress cleaner.

Add water, vodka, and your choice of essential oils, then spray it onto your mattress and bed linens.

It’ll keep everything clean and prevent dust and allergens from gathering on your bedding.

Kitchen Deodorizer

 Elite Daily

Sometimes we love to cook meals that have strong smelling odors, both in the kitchen and in the trash can.

Spray a combination of distilled water, witch hazel, and peppermint essential oil to eliminate all of those food-related odors in the kitchen.

 

Moisturizer

 Kale & Caramel

After taking a shower or bath, it’s nice to mist yourself with a moisturizing spray made of water, grape seed oil, vegetable glycerin, and your favorite essential oil.

It’s a welcome touch of relaxation for your freshly washed self and you can use it whenever you need some extra moisturizer.

DIY Pine & Sage Beard Oil

My husband has a wildly full beard (hallelujah) and he needs to condition it quite often. Here’s the problem though, most beard creams are thick and almost feel waxy.

He wanted something that would condition without making his face itch!!! So… I came up with a beard oil that smells like a mountain man living in pine tree surrounded shack that cares about personal hygiene.

Enticing?

Here ya go: JOJOBA OIL + PINE ESSENTIAL OIL + CLARY SAGE ESSENTIAL OIL.

As for how much of each, I did half a bottle of jojoba and the rest EO’s. It is the perfect consistency and works and smells good.

5 Ingredient Coop Refresher Spray for Smells, Lice & Mite Prevention

There is a lot to be said for essential oils and how they can keep your coop fresh smelling and keep the bugs away. Many air fresheners have harsh chemicals that can irritate your chickens or ducks, so DIY is definitely the way to go.

Especially in a place like Florida where the summers can be both sweltering hot and soaking wet, a good coop spray is totally necessary.

Though using neem oil is probably my favorite natural way to treat for nasty bugs (on both plants and elsewhere), neem oil can be hard to find and I don’t use it regularly, so this has become my go to recipe for those in-between moments for freshening up of the hen house.

I’ve narrowed down my mix to only the basics and without further adieu, the recipe is as follows.

5 Ingredient Coop Refresher Spray for Smells, Lice & Mite Prevention

• 1 cup of white vinegar

• 1 cup of water

• 1 generous squirt dr bronners soap

• Approx 15 drops peppermint essential oil

• Approx 20 drops tea tree essential oil

If you’re interested in why this is my “go-to”, peppermint essential oil helps to repel bugs. Plain and simple. When it gets humid and hot, the fruit flies have a field day on any spilled water, or anything else. For some reason, flies hate peppermint!

The tea tree essential oil is good for warding off both lice and mites. This can be sprayed in the coop, on roosting bars and in nesting boxes.

Vinegar is a natural cleaner and a good bleach alternative for some applications. I try to use it as much as I can in place of any harsh cleaners. Vinegar is biodegradable, but isn’t a registered disinfectant and isn’t strong enough to kill germs like staph, so though it’s good for this freshener, this spray is not appropriate for treating any major bacterial or biosecurity issues.