DIY Natural Hand Sanitizer and Counter Wipes

By blog team member, Kiran. To learn more about Kiran, check out our team page or her blog!


The excitement of cooler weather is here, but there’s also something else among us—unwelcome germs that like to rear their ugly heads! I have some germaphobe tendencies, especially this time of year. I like to keep the little buggers at bay but without the use of unwanted chemicals found in some hand sanitizers.

So I’m happy today to share a couple of germ fighter recipes from our friend and sponsor, Plant Therapy. Think of them as home remedies for staying sick-free (or trying to!) this season.

DIY Homemade Counter Wipes on 100 Days of #RealFood

About Plant Therapy

Plant Therapy is a family-owned and family-run essential oils company who we’ve enjoyed partnering with over the last few years. They work with essential oils expert Robert Tisserand and several analytical laboratories to create their essential oil formulas. All of this has led them to develop their KidSafe oils, which are, you guessed it, safe for kids (over the age of 2)!

What you’ll notice about Plant Therapy is how good their prices are. Owners Chris and Amanda Jones aim to provide their products at affordable prices with the highest quality available so everyone can take advantage of the benefits. They offer great information as well, including the DIY remedies below.

Homemade Counter Wipes

Supplies

Instructions

  1. Cut a roll of paper towels in half using an electric knife or serrated bread knife.
  2. Place one of the paper towel roll halves into the container. If you have to smash it a bit to fit, that is okay. Once wet, you will take out the core.
  3. In a measuring cup, combine the warm water, castile soap, and 30-40 drops of essential oils (see recipes below).
  4. Pour the mixture over the paper towels and let soak.
  5. Once soaked, you can easily remove the center tube.
  6. Seal with a lid and use as you would any other counter wipes.

Recipe Ideas

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Who needs hand sanitizer that is full of ethyl alcohol and oftentimes even food dyes? Not to mention that they dry out your hands and are also flammable. No thanks! Here’s how to easily make your own version.

Supplies

Instructions

  1. Pour aloe gel into a flip-top bottle.
  2. Add 10 drops Palmarosa and 8 drops Fir Needle or 18 drops of Germ Destroyer or Germ Fighter
  3. Shake well to incorporate oils.
  4. Use a dime-size squirt of gel as needed on your hands and rub in.

You or your child can carry this gel with you to work or school. It’s a perfect alternative to traditional hand sanitizer. Not only will you support your immune function, but you will fight off the germs that many of us pick up every day. Keep your family healthy and happy using a homemade hand sanitizer!

Caught Something Anyway?

If sickness or sniffles are already in your home, Plant Therapy offers a DIY sore throat solution here and solutions for coughs and congestion. They all utilize essential oils to combat the ailment at hand. Obviously, the steam solution should be used with caution for children.

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Other Fun DIY Projects

Homemade Natural Counter Wipes

Help keep the germs at bay inside your house by making your own natural counter wipes with essential oils.
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Print Recipe
Servings: 1 roll

Equipment

  • Airtight container
  • Measuring cup

Ingredients
  

  • 1 roll select-a-size paper towels
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons Castile soap
  • 40 drops essential oil your favorite combination of oils

Instructions
 

  • Cut a roll of paper towels in half using an electric knife or serrated bread knife.
  • Place one of the paper towel roll halves into the container. If you have to smash it a bit to fit, that is okay. Once wet, you will take out the core.
  • In a measuring cup, combine the warm water, castile soap, and 30-40 drops of essential oils.
  • Pour the mixture over the paper towels and let soak.
  • Once soaked, you can easily remove the center tube.
  • Seal with a lid and use as you would any other counter wipes.

Notes

Essential Oil Recipe Ideas

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Homemade Hand Sanititzer

This DIY hand sanitizer is free of ethyl alcohol, food dyes, and won't dry our hands out. See how easy it is to make your own at home with essential oils.
Cook Time: 5 mins
Print Recipe

Equipment

  • Flip-top bottle

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Pour aloe gel into a flip-top bottle.
  • Add 10 drops Palmarosa and 8 drops Fir Needle or 18 drops of Germ Destroyer or Germ Fighter.
  • Shake well to incorporate oils.
  • Use a dime-size squirt of gel as needed on your hands and rub in.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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761 thoughts on “DIY Natural Hand Sanitizer and Counter Wipes”

  1. I am new with my Website Lisa and I am concerned about the foods I eat and buying more organic products.. I am also am interested in not using products that are toxic to my mind and body..

  2. Beautiful family photos thanks for sharing. Loved watching you and food babe on periscope. Your kitchen is fabulous. I also live in NY Just across the bridge in Brooklyn Bedford Stuyvesant section. You are correct I am looking for a great camera to take better food pictures and to teach myself how to learn to become a better picture taker but it starts with a better and real camera. I will check out the plant therapy..

  3. I love EO’s! I would use the germ fighter most. I love chemical free styles of cleaning and the way these oils smell!!!

  4. I would love to try the Blues Buster. We get so sad in the winter. Too much time indoors and not enough sunlight!

  5. I would love the adult wellness set. I take several prescription medicines, and would love to try an alternative if possible.

  6. I would LOVE any of the holiday synergies they have….candy cane or sugar cookie sound great! I would also be very interested in the kids immune boom or germ destroyer. With four kids, it is a nightmare when someone gets sick! Thanks for sharing this company…I can’t wait to try them out!

  7. I’m so excited about the kidsafe line. My son gets terrible growing pains so I’m most interested in that one.

  8. I would love to try the diffuser, and all the products geared towards children. Thanks for sharing this company with me :)

  9. I would like to try the Plant Therapy Germ Fighter. I help take care of my father that has bone cancer and the days we have to take him to his VA clinic appointments worry about him getting a cold because of others that are sick. He doesn’t need this with all his health problems.
    Thanks, Faith

  10. I love plant therapy and would love to try their peppermint lotion! And their kid safe wellness package looks great!

  11. How important is it to use essential oils in the wipes? I can’t handle fragrances (even botanicals) so I’d like to make cleaning wipes without using essential oils.

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