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DIY hand sanitiser

Now we're in the thick of winter flu season, hand hygiene is more important than ever.   Most colds aren't actually caught due to airborne coughs and sneezes – it's when you touch an infected surface and then transfer the virus to your nose or mouth.

Regular hand-washing is a no brainer.  But sometimes, you find yourself nowhere near a tap.  Sometimes, you find yourself in situations decidedly germy (like public transport, or your child pets a friendly dog).  And sometimes it's handy just to have a few sanitiser stations around the house, so those who have a cold can prevent infecting the rest of the household.   

Hand sanitisers have had a 'love/hate' reputation of late, with growing awareness that overuse of antibacterial agents can lead to the rise of super bugs and antibiotic resistance.  

But while the jury's out on that, nature can step in.    The natural antibacterial properties of eucalyptus oil in this DIY sanitiser provides the perfect family alternative.   You can also use tea tree, or substitute a few drops of lavender.

DIY Natural Hand Sanitiser
hand sanitiser

Here's a natural recipe you'll love… you can put it in any squeezy bottle.
You'll need:
2 Tbsp aloe vera gel
1 Tbsp filtered water (from a filter jug like a Brita – or normal tap water is fine)
1/8 tsp vitamin E oil
5 drops Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil

Combine the aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil and eucalyptus oil, then add the water to “thin” the mixture a little bit.  It needs to be the right consistency to coat your hand.  Makes one small bottle (tip: check larger pharmacies for empty, travel-size plastic containers).
You can purchase Bosisto's essential oils at most major supermarkets, independent and variety retailers and pharmacies or buy at Bosisto's online store today.

Did you wash your hands “properly” last time you washed them?  A new study has shown only 5 percent of us wash our hands for the correct amount of time to kill germs, 33 percent don't use soap and 10 percent of grubby fingered people didn't wash at all.  So what's the “ideal” washing time?  Researchers say 15-20 seconds – and it doesn't matter if it's hot or cold water, but soap does help.
Hand Washing Practices in a College Town Environment, Borchgrevink et al, Journal Envir Science, Vol 75, no.8, April 2014.