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5 Reasons Why You Should Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Updated on August 15, 2016
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Making Hand Sanitizer At Home Has Real Benefits

Commercial hand sanitizers have their place for sure, but I personally have always been a little leery of the alcohol content in them. Plus, the fragrances contain chemicals in their fragrances that companies aren’t required to disclose.

I came across a dish soap called Biokleen and learned that it was biodegradable, and has many natural ingredients, such as grapefruit seed extract that are kind to your skin and to the planet.

The label on the side says that you can use it for bubble baths, to wash pets, and you can use it as a hand soap.

That got me thinking. If this stuff is gentle on the environment and gentle on my skin, yet still gets stuff clean, then a homemade hand sanitizer could work wonders.

Will You Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer?

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Washing vegetables is easy and gives me peace of mind with my biodegradable hand sanitizer.I found a stain on my shirt.  I used my sanitizer to moisten the stain.  Who knows if it'll come out when I wash this shirt, but it's worth a try to keep it from setting.I can clean my glasses with my hand sanitizer.I cleaned these bottles with my homemade hand sanitizer before putting them in the cooler with ice.When the ice melts, it'll still be clean and I can use it to clean dishes, wash hands or wash fruit.
Washing vegetables is easy and gives me peace of mind with my biodegradable hand sanitizer.
Washing vegetables is easy and gives me peace of mind with my biodegradable hand sanitizer. | Source
I found a stain on my shirt.
I found a stain on my shirt. | Source
I used my sanitizer to moisten the stain.  Who knows if it'll come out when I wash this shirt, but it's worth a try to keep it from setting.
I used my sanitizer to moisten the stain. Who knows if it'll come out when I wash this shirt, but it's worth a try to keep it from setting. | Source
I can clean my glasses with my hand sanitizer.
I can clean my glasses with my hand sanitizer. | Source
I cleaned these bottles with my homemade hand sanitizer before putting them in the cooler with ice.
I cleaned these bottles with my homemade hand sanitizer before putting them in the cooler with ice. | Source
When the ice melts, it'll still be clean and I can use it to clean dishes, wash hands or wash fruit.
When the ice melts, it'll still be clean and I can use it to clean dishes, wash hands or wash fruit. | Source

5 Great Reasons To Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Once I made the hand sanitizer, I kept finding reasons to use it. Never again will I buy the commercial stuff: I’ve found too many reasons to make it myself.

1. You can wash vegetables with it. Have you ever heard of those citrus cleaners that will wash veggies and help get any pesticides or residues off? The ingredients in biodegradable dish soap are similar, especially with regard to citrus. Now, I wash my veggies with my homemade hand sanitizer.

2. When you need to freshen up, say going from work to an evening event, I have found that spritzing my face and hair with my hand sanitizer really works to clean my face gently and freshens my hair.

3. You can help prevent stains from setting and clean them on the “spot.” Homemade hand sanitizer is gentle, so it might not do really tough work on stains, but you can still use it to help keep stains from drying and setting.

4. You can use it to clean your glasses. Spray a little bit on each lens and use a paper towel to wipe away.

5. It comes in handy when you’re camping. This is really when I figured out I’d always make my own hand sanitizer. On a recent camping trip, it became a general-purpose cleaner.

Plus I loved the fact that I was helping to not bring toxic chemicals into the natural environment.

  • You can use it to spot-clean dishes. On a camping trip, you sometimes find that you missed a spot on an otherwise clean dish. I just squirted some sanitizer on it, wiped it off and the dish was clean.
  • Sanitize dish rags. You can use this trick whether you’re camping or not. After cleaning a batch of dishes, the dishrag often has small food particles in it, inviting bacteria growth. You can spritz the dishrag to help sanitize it.
  • This is a more random use of hand sanitizer. I recently read an article about how you have no idea where bottles and cans have been, and that it’s a good idea to wipe them down before you drink from them. I wanted to put some bottles in a cooler with ice, but I was thinking that I also wanted to save water. I didn’t want the unclean bottles in the ice. So, I sprayed them with my hand sanitizer, wiped them down and placed them in the ice. Later, when the ice melted, I knew I was able to save water and do dishes or wash my hands because it was clean.
  • When birds flew by and left their messes (yes, their poop) on the tent or tarp, I sprayed the spots with hand sanitizer. It was easy to wipe the icky white spots away.

I’m sure there are a number of uses that I have not thought of, but these are definitely new uses for hand sanitizer for me. I love the fact that I’m not using harmful ingredients. I can clean things knowing that I’m not going to poison myself with toxic chemicals.

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Pour biodegradable dish soap into lid.  Fill about 1/4 full.Pour soap into your spritz bottle and fill with water.Put the cap on and give the spritz bottle a good shake.Label the sides.  I like to use my artistic flair to make it look presentable.
Pour biodegradable dish soap into lid.  Fill about 1/4 full.
Pour biodegradable dish soap into lid. Fill about 1/4 full. | Source
Pour soap into your spritz bottle and fill with water.
Pour soap into your spritz bottle and fill with water. | Source
Put the cap on and give the spritz bottle a good shake.
Put the cap on and give the spritz bottle a good shake. | Source
Label the sides.  I like to use my artistic flair to make it look presentable.
Label the sides. I like to use my artistic flair to make it look presentable. | Source

How to Make Your Own Sanitizer

1. At your local health food store, go to the soaps and detergents section. You’ll find biodegradable dish soap such as Biokleen, Ecover and 7th Generation. Any of those will do. You’re basically looking for a natural soap that is friendly to humans as well as the planet.

2. Get a little spray bottle. The ideal type is a small hand-size bottle that allows you to spray its contents easily.

3. Add about ¼ to ½ capful of the dish soap to the bottle. Be aware that if it’s concentrated, a little goes a long way.

4. Fill the rest of the bottle with water.

5. Shake to mix.

6. Use wherever you go.

One of my favorite dish soaps: Biokleen.
One of my favorite dish soaps: Biokleen. | Source

A list of the ingredients in Biokleen:

The list of ingredients is pretty short. Biokleen has surfactants that are like conditioners.

They're made from coconuts and corn. It also contains citrus products.

Grapefruit and orange peel extracts are known to be kind to the skin.

They also clean well. Aloe and vitamin E are two other ingredients, as well as sulfonates which are like more surfactants.

A list of the ingredients in Ecover:

The list of ingredients for Ecover is a little different, but I found similarities. It has anionic and non-ionic surfactants, aloe vera, wheat proteins, citric acid, salt, lemon fragrance, and biodegradable preservative and of course water.

The fact that I can read these ingredients and know basically what they are, puts me at ease. I know aloe vera is good for skin, wheat (think oatmeal) is also good for the skin. Citric acid (like the grapefruit and orange extracts in the Biokleen) acts as a cleaning agent, as does the salt. The surfactants are conditioners.

I am not sure what exactly is in the fragrance and the biodegradable preservative, but the bottle - and their website - says it is plant-based.

It is also safe for septic tanks.

It has minimum impact on aquatic life.

The bottle the soap comes in is 100% plant-based plastic.

I am satisfied that both of these products are safe for the environment and safe to use in other applications besides just dish washing. I think I'll always be making my own biodegradable, non-toxic and versatile hand sanitizer.

A picture I took of my Ecover soap.
A picture I took of my Ecover soap. | Source

Note:

I make this for my own homemade use only.

I do not claim that my homemade sanitizer, in fact, kills as much bacteria as regular hand sanitizer, nor do I claim to know everything about its effectiveness or its safety.

I only can say - from my experience - that I like what I see, I like that it cleans, I like the scent, and I like the fact that I know what the ingredients are.

I do put my faith in the ability of citric acid to clean and soothe the skin. I have referenced websites and my sources in this hub and I've read in different places over the years about cleaning with lemon juice and/or citric acid.

© 2012 Cynthia Calhoun

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well aren't you a handy person to know? Yes, you are, and I get to call you my friend which is an added bonus. Great idea and I'll be passing this along to Bev who is much handier than I am in these things. Great job my friend!

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great idea, some of the ingredient lists on various commercial dish soaps and hand sanitizers are pretty scary. The alcohol doesn't help the taste either!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks, billy! Great to see you! Hehe, I only discovered many of these uses on my recent camping trip. Yep, I think it's a *sigh* HA! (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      xstatic - good to see you! Thank you for your insights. I first learned about these scary ingredients when I was curious about what was IN regular hand sanitizer. Then I thought, well, I need to make my own...and a general-purpose one while I'm at it. Hehe. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This is just too simple! I love it and will use it. I am a clean freak and wipe down almost anything before I use it (sometimes after). I carry hand sanitizer with me everywhere. Thanks for sharing this idea, it will save me money! Voted up!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      teaches - doh! I didn't even THINK about the saving money part - and I'm a saving money FREAK! Hehe. But, yes, it will save lots of money to do this, too. Hmmm...I might have to do an experiment. Hehehe. I take this stuff all over with me, too. (HUGS)

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Very interesting and comprehensive hub. I love the page layout, too. Thanks for SHARING.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      Gosh I love simple solutions ... excellent hub and I had no idea it was that easy to do but of course it is!

      Sharing and making it too!

      thanks for this info.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      sandra - hey there! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your feedback. I appreciate it. I'm really glad you like the page layout and thank you, too, for SHARING. ;)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      eye say! How are you? I'm so glad you liked this. :) Thanks for the kudos and shares. I'm glad you found this helpful. (HUGS)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great suggestion. I never considered doing this before. I know that many people have started making their own laundry detergent, but I didn't know we could make hand santitizer. I like the fact that it is better for the environment and it is safe to use as a vegetable wash. Very helpful, useful, and interesting. :)

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Such a great idea. Some hand sanitizers leave hands a little sticky. I would love to make my own. We use 7th generation products around the house - I'll have to get some of their biodegradable dish soap and try this out! Great layout. I love your capsule separators, very pretty! You are so creative! Voted up.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I had no idea you could make your own hand sanitizer. One of my coworkers uses it all the time - I will have to let him know about this! Voting up and useful.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Wow what a great idea. I have these things on hand. I'll start this soon. Voted up!

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      I had heard of people making their own laundry detergent and other stuff, but this one is new to me. Definitely a great idea. Thanks for giving such useful information.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      Interesting idea. I never heard of this before glad I stumble upon your hub :) Thanks for sharing I would like to shake your sanitize hand :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting and useful hub. It feels nice when we are able to get our work done by not contaminating the environment. This sanitiser is a wonderful way to do so.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up & useful.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Good work. I'm all for natural ingredients. Sharing with my FB friends and pinning it.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      tammy - before my camping trip recently, I had made it, but hadn't considered all the useful applications for it. Now, I can't live without it. :D (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      emilybee - thank you for your feedback - it's great to hear people liking my layout. :) If you have 7th Generation products already, you're well on your way. :) Let me know how their product rates.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Natashalh - yep, you can make your own. :) I work at a school where they use the regular stuff all the time and I always cringe. Right before the kids have snack, many teachers squirt a bunch into their hands and I always think, "eeeek! Environment! Little developing kiddos! Alcohol!" Then I sigh and think, "okay, well, one of these days, I think people will come around." Hehe. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      kelleyward - yes!! That's awesome you have this all on hand. That's how I got started. I had it all around and thought, "hmm. I could do this!" :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Joelipoo - thanks for your feedback. :) I'm glad you found it useful. Do make your own and let me know what you think. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      cebu - I'm glad you "stumbled" by. :) Here's to shaking your sanitized hand...virtually. Hehe. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      rajan - thanks so much for stopping by! Great to see you! I have great respect for Mother Earth and I love it when I can find good solutions that also help keep the planet a better place. Thank you for the kudos. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Lilleyth - thanks for coming by. I love trying to use all natural ingredients whenever I can. I appreciate the shares. :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very interesting! I'm a fan of Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer, but this hub will be shared with others!:)

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      Margie 5 years ago

      Good idea! I just need to remember these products on my next shopping trip!

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      Dan Human 5 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Yes, but is it flammable? I've started fires with the alcohol based sanitizer. Then again, we probably shouldn't be coating our skin on an hourly basis with a volatile substance. Fantastic Hub, and I'll make some up later this week.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a great idea and I like the idea of being able to wash fruits with it. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Sunshine - I like B&B, too. :) I worked there in college. Thanks for the shares and votes. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Margie - hehe, I know, the hard part is the "remembering to do it" - I'm definitely guilty of having memory lapses. Hehe. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Outbound Dan - yikes! That would be a GOOD reason to NOT use the alcohol based cleaners. EEEk. Knowing myself, I would be the one to singe my eyebrows and a few unlucky strands of hair. Haha. I have no idea if it's flammable. I would guess it's about as flammable as any other dish soap out there, maybe less so because of the natural products. Good question, though. Maybe I'll stand out in a wide open piece of asphalt and see. Hehehe.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      alocsin - yep, I think the fruits and veggies one is my favorite. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      StricktlyDating 5 years ago from Australia

      Wow! I found this very interesting, I emagine the product smells nice too, unlike commercial brand hand sanitizer.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a great idea, cclitgirl! Yes, I often worry about the ingredients in hand sanitizers which are absorbed into the body through the skin. This sounds like a much safer, more practical alternative. Thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      CC, I'll do the hand sanitizer, too with my 7th Generation. Thanks again!

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      Max Zvyagintsev 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Now that's innovative!

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great idea, CC! The fruit/veg wash really makes sense. Thanks and voted up and useful!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      stricklydating - good to see you again. :) The hand sanitizer does smell yummy - like lemons (at least with the brand I use). Thanks for your feedback. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      vespawoolf - right there with you. I had read awhile ago about concerns about what your body absorbs through the skin - the largest organ in the body. It concluded that you shouldn't put anything on the skin that you wouldn't eat. I immediately thought of hand sanitizer and the stuff in it. So, I began to look for alternatives. Though I wouldn't eat the "surfactants," at least they are coconut-based or based on another plant. In any case, I hear you: I feel like this is so much safer and practical. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      aviannovice - great to see you! I know 7th Generation is another biodegradable soap. That's great! Thank YOU for stopping by. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Kiwi - Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. I'm glad you found this innovative. :) Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      TCC - thanks so much for coming by and reading. I appreciate the votes and your insights. The fruit/veg wash I think is my favorite use of my home made sanitizer. :) (HUGS)

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Awesome hub. After finishing your hub I think I will definitely try your home made hand-sanitizer. I gave up using the store bought when I read the antibacterial version could cause new resistant bugs to develop. Great job!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Teresa - aw, thanks! I have been leery of the regular stuff for awhile. I just haven't been very comfortable slathering something all over my skin when it's got so much alcohol and other unknowns in it. So, I LOVE this alternative. Plus, it helps save money and the planet. Yes! (HUGS)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great ideas, girlfriend! I especially like the one about washing veggies. I always rinse them but don't want to use soap on them. This stuff would be great, I think. Very helpful, hub. I gave you many votes. Good job!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Vicki! How are you? I literally jumped up and down when I figured that I could wash veggies with this stuff. Woohoo! Thanks for stopping by and for the votes. :)

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Making our own sanitizer would be a great idea to get rid of all those chemicals. Washing veggies is an added advantage as sometimes washing merely with water won't work well. Great hub. Up and useful.

      Sharing with my friends here.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      radhikasree - I'm not one for lots of chemicals. I try to cut them out where I can, for sure. Indeed, I always have to wonder if water really gets all those pesticides off of the veggies.

      In any case, I'm so glad you stopped by, and thank you for sharing. (HUGS)

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wow! Voted up, helpful and socially shared! Anything you make yourself is comforting. You know what is in it. I like the way you used your home made hand sanitizer for other purposes, too!

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      As a germaphobe - I think it would be great to get rid of as much chemicals as possible. I know germs are not all that bad, but the chemicals that we come into contact every day...it's scary!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      rebecca - hey there! Great to see you! :) I just LOVE trying to make things myself. It's also fun when you discover homemade things that work for other things, too. Hehe. Thanks for the kudos and shares. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Hawaii - I'm a germaphone and a chemophobe (I guess that's what you'd call someone who doesn't like unnecessary chemicals, lol) - so when I figured this out, I started jumping up and down and then proceeded to spend a whole day - yes, a whole day - dreaming up all the cool things I could do with my hand sanitizer. Hehehe. Thanks for stopping by. :) (HUGS)

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      Earthy Mother 5 years ago from South East England

      Great hub!! I'm forever washing my hands so will definitely try this out instead of buying a hand gel...thank you!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Earthy Mother - I'm so glad you liked this! :) My hand sanitizer is such a great thing to have around - I keep it in the car, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, near my glasses. Hehe. Thanks for stopping by. (HUGS)

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      This is a really great idea! I wonder if it is as effective though? My agency uses this a bit because we provide home care for adults. How is is at fighting the germs that encounter in the nursing homes and hospitals? If there was some kind of proof of its effectiveness I might could talk my husband into converting to this, and that would be great.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Cindy - alas, I have no scientific proof. Too bad, "it gets the bird poop off" can't be proof. Hehehe. I have wondered about that, too, but I'm just going on the concentrations of what the individual soapmakers say - one capful or one squeeze will clean a whole sink of dishes. If that's the case, then if my little spritz bottle is about 1/4 the size, I roughly estimate about 1/4 as much soap. But, I haven't seen anything on the dish soap websites. If I come across that info, I will update this hub for sure. :) (HUGS)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      This hub on making your own hand sanitizer is full of helpful information. FIrst, thanks for the recipe formula. Am looking forward to making this a part of our daily lives. Using this to wash veggies is an important benefit, and it was good to see the note on washing cans before using them. If people would look at what comes off cans when they are simply wiped with a damp white napkin they would be appalled. I am linking this hub to my Slow Death by Rubber Duck review, if you have no objection. Voted up and shared.

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      A great idea and useful and so easy.Voted up and thanks for sharing your wonderful tips and advice.To a safer and cleaner world.

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      novascotiamiss 4 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Thanks for a very useful article. I'm buying biodegradable products whenever I can, so this will come in useful. I had never thought of rinsing fruit & vegs in soapy water... One last question though, I guess this is not really a sanitizer, it's just a cleaner (what I mean, it doesn't really kill germs) or am I wrong?

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      PageC 4 years ago

      Great hub - thank you! I will definitely try this for washing fruits and veggies.

      Just a side note, I would guess these cleaners, with their surfactants and a mechanical action, such as rinsing, is what removes bacteria/germs in environmentally-safe products. I believe that something that actually killed germs, would kill the good along with the bad, and that harms the environment. I'm not a scientist, though!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      RT - hello! Thanks for coming by. I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I have even found another use: it actually makes a refreshing spray after a long day - spray a little on the face and it cools you down. :) The mixture is a little more "watery" than regular sanitizer, but I love the scent and I'm comfortable with the fact that it's not going to fill me up with bad chemicals. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      DREAM ON - great username. :) Thank you for the votes. I'm so glad you found these tips helpful. Hear, hear to a safer and cleaner world. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Novascotiamiss - thanks for coming by!! It's so great to hear of other people who are into helping make the world a cleaner place. I'm looking at the Biokleen website as I respond to your question: I went under the dish liquid banner and it doesn't say anything about how MUCH bacteria is eliminated when you wash dishes. However, the soap having citric acid in it, and people use it to clean dishes and other kitchen items, I would imagine that if it didn't do a good job of getting rid of bacteria (think raw chicken on cooking surfaces), then its validity as a dish liquid would be in question. I definitely feel better using this stuff, though, than the alcohol-based stuff that has unknown or even harmful chemicals. However, I cannot vouch for industrial use; this is just something I came up with for homemade use. But, you've got me thinking: I wonder what Biokleen would say if I sent them the link to this hub...hmmm...thanks for the idea! :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      PageC - good thoughts here! ;) The websites (Biokleen, for example) don't ever claim to kill all bacteria or anything like that. They DO claim that your dishes will get clean and spot-free using natural products like citric acid (the stuff found in lemons or oranges) and the like. I'm not a scientist, either, but looking at the data from the Biokleen website, I know that they couldn't market a product that claims to clean dishes (that are generally laden with bacteria from food) and doesn't actually do the job could be a bad risk. That being said, citric acid is known for being especially helpful for the skin. Hope that helps. :)

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      I've been buying safe and all natural hand hand sanitzer from Dr. Bronner's website that uses lavender oil - have loved it. And, recently I ran across a recipe a bit different than yours to try a few weeks ago, so now I have two new "DIY" ones to try. Thanks for sharing:)

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      What a great hub! I bought hand sanitizer a month ago. I´ll look for these ingredients in our shops and I love to make my own hand sanitizer. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful;-)

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      Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

      I can not believe how easy it is to make your own sanitizer! I was expecting a list of steps to go through to make your own. I love this simple DIY hub. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful idea with the HP community.

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      Jean Rogers 4 years ago

      Great idea to make your own. Using it as a spot cleaner while on the go and to clean bird poop of the tent- how versatile!

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      Graham Gifford 4 years ago from New Hamphire

      I've been making my family's laundry soap for years now. I have made hand soap and dish soap also and enjoy reading this type of article. Evry small change can make a positive impact-thanks for teaching us about yours.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Kris - hey there! Great to see you! I love Dr. Bronner's. I use their castile soap to make shampoo. I've thought about using it to make yet another kind of hand sanitizer - I'll update this hub if I do. :)

      Thelma Alberts - It's so fun to make it - I forgot it today when I was out and about and so wanted it after being at the gas station. I often take it out of my bag and use it at home, but I think I'll just have to make a bunch of them so I have it wherever I am, LOL.

      Adrienne - Yeah, it's not too bad! I love it, too - the gentle scent and all the fun things you can do with it. I have no idea how it stands up to regular sanitizer, but I will say that I don't care. A teensy bit of biodegradable soap just rings wonderful. :)

      Jean Rogers - Yeah, I've made all sorts of accidental discoveries while using this stuff. My latest one was spraying the dashboard of my car before picking up some friends. It worked great, made the car smell nice, and my friends don't think I'm a mess. LOL

      Alifeofdesign - That's great!! I haven't made laundry soap. So far I use the biodegradable stuff, but I'll have to look into that. I'd definitely try it - and I'm sure I'd be into it. :D

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi CC... what a great idea... most sanitizers on the market I find are hard on the hands... will be trying out some of your suggestions...

      Hugs from Canada

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      ITcoach 4 years ago from United States

      cclitgirl

      I am really impressed with these ideas to make a home product that is bio degradable too. I will feel pleasure to share it with my friends too.

      Thanks for sharing the knowledge. voted and liked

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      HouseBuyersUS 4 years ago from Centreville, Virginia, USA

      It is always good to use home made sanitizers as harmful chemicals are not present in it. And the reasons that you have shared is helpful actually. Thanks a lot for this wonderful hub....

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Rolly - hey there! Thank you for stopping by! Hugs from southern USA. I find the regular sanitizer hard on the hands, too. :)

      ITCoach - I'm glad you like this. I appreciate the votes and shares.

      HouseBuyersUS - I have fun discovering new uses for my hand sanitizer. :D Thanks for stopping by.

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      crystaleyes 4 years ago from Earth

      For people with sensitive skin and allergic skin conditions, a homemade sanitizer is a boon.. will surely try.. thanks..

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Crystaleyes - indeed! That's one of the reasons I love my sanitizer - no more dry hands. :)

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