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.

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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

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

  1. Gosh, so many to choose from. :) I kind of would like to try them all, but I guess the thing I am most interested in is adult wellness.

  2. Heather Quattrini

    i am very interested in the germ destroyer. Want to make my own counter wipes. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. I would love to learn more about the children’s wellnes set! I am a teacher and I use essential oils in my classroom diffuser. I also use them with the 3 kids of my own.

  4. I’d really like to try the germfighter in order to make the diy hand sanitizer. My husbands hands stay irritated from constantly using sanitizing wipes and harsh soaps at his jobsite.

  5. I already use this hand sanitizer recipe and have given it as gifts. Love the homemade wipes idea. My kids can be messy, can`t wait to try it. Thanks flr the new idea

  6. I have plant therapy and would LOVE to try their Kids Safe and Respi-Aid! I’ve already been a subscriber too! THANKS!

  7. I’m an essential oil skeptic – sort of. Afraid to spend money on something I’m not sure of. It would be great to win some oils to prove to myself they work. I’m interested in the castile soap mentioned for countertop wipes. I hate the smell and toxicity of store bought cleaners.

  8. I love using essential oils for cleaning, etc… This is the first time I have heard of Plant Therapy. I am eager to give them a try! I would love to try the anti-age synergy blend.

  9. Wow, so excited you shared this! I’m just getting into making my own non-toxic cleaners, so I’m interested in the cleaning set. Also, the lotions look great.

  10. I’ve only heard about Plant Therapy recently through your web site, and I’m very excited to learn more! I’d love to win because I’m very interested in the Germ Fighter oil. I’ve suspected for some time that the alcohol-based hand sanitizers were not good for me, but I haven’t known where to turn for an alternative until now. Ohhhh, I hope I win, I hope I win!

  11. Someone else just recommended Plant Therapy! I have been looking at the kids’ germ fighter roll ons, plus the other kid-safe oils. I’m an oil newbie, so I’d love to win!

  12. I was JUST thinking a couple days ago that it would be nice to have some essential oils that were better quality than the ones at my local natural foods store, but not as pricey as DoTerra. This seems like it’s just what I was looking for, thanks! Great timing on the email. I am very interested in the Kids Wellness Set, more specifically the Immune Boom and Germ Destroyer.

  13. I would be interested in the child wellness kit. I was also looking at the roll on for kids; germ destroyer, calmness, and attention roll on all look great!

  14. I’ve been looking at their A+ Attention and Calming the Child oils. I also just noticed they have an oil for warts, which my son recently turned up with 3 plantar’s warts.

  15. I love it all! The oils, the recipes and the great prices! Top choice would probably be the Kids Wellness Kit. Thank you!

  16. What if I said that I want to try them all? I am so excited to find essential oils at a price that does not break the bank. I appreciate being able to use oils but I find Young Living and DoTerra a little outside of my budget. Thank you. Thank you for introducing me to Plant Therapy.

  17. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for!! I’m interested in it all but if I had to pick one, the kids wellness kit! Thanks!

  18. I’d love to check out peppermint essential oil and other essential oil prices. Since you mentioned the word “affordable”, we’ll see if your definition of that matches with mine. :)

    Thank you for all you do! Love your site.

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