After moving to South-East Asia recently there is one product that has previously been almost completely unnecessary but is now being used on a daily basis at least 10 times a day and that product is a hand sanitizing gel. It’s especially needed when you have small children because you can’t really prevent them from touching everything, can you? A small drop of hand sanitizer can go a long way by protecting you from milder diseases like upset stomach to more serious ones like hepatitis A.
After using many bottles of hand sanitizer already I did some research and learned that it’s really easy to make by yourself, so I gave it a try. All you need is 2/3 cup of aloe vera gel (which is really easy to make if you happen to have an aloe plant, read more about it here), 1/3 cup of rubbing alcohol (the stronger the better) and about 10 drops of essential oil of your choice. Mix everything and pour into a small plastic bottle so that you can carry it with you easily. Add liberally as often as you like and stop worrying about germs when you don’t have water and soap at hand.