A lot of children are heading back to school at this time of year. It’s the perfect season to make an essential oil hand cleanser for kids!
This essential oil hand cleanser uses skin-nourishing ingredients, including aloe vera gel, so it’s gentler than alcohol-based hand sanitizers you can find in stores.
I know a lot of parents and caretakers who are big fans of this hand cleanser. They like that it’s natural, and that kids can keep it with them and use it on their own without having to ask a grown-up. It’s so empowering for kids and it helps keep their hands clean—a great combination!
This recipe is just right for kids who are at least five years old. You can make it in a 2 oz (60 ml) PET plastic bottle, which is small enough to fit in a child’s backpack or bag without taking up too much space. The PET plastic is very strong and won’t break with rough use. (PET plastic is known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach. In cases where glass isn’t ideal, PET plastic is a good choice.)
My Hands Are Clean!
- 2 oz (60 ml) Aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
- 4 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
- 4 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 2 drops Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana)
To make it, combine all the ingredients together in the PET plastic bottle. Screw on the lid and shake it gently.
To use it, just spray some essential oil hand cleanser into your palm, and rub your hands together. It feels so good when your skin is dry! I like to use my aloe-based hand cleansers as moisturizers too. (I love that so many Aromatherapy products we can make have multiple uses!)
For kids younger than five, or if you don’t want to use essential oils, you can make a hand cleanser with pure hydrosols.
My Little Hands Are Clean Too!
- 1 oz (30 ml) Peppermint hydrosol (Mentha x piperita)
- 1 oz (30 ml) Lavender hydrosol (Lavandula angustifolia)
This one doesn’t double as a hand moisturizer . . . but it can double as a surface cleaner in a pinch! It’s great to have “on hand” (haha!) when you’re eating at a restaurant and want to wipe down the table top.
There are different approaches to using essential oils with little children. The Aromahead Approach for kids under five is extra cautious. For topical use we prefer to use hydrosols, butters and carrier oils.
Babies’ and young children’s skin can be so sensitive that essential oils can easily become overwhelming for them. Hydrosols, butters, and carrier oils can often give a child the nudge they need toward rebalancing their health
I recommend making these blends fresh every few weeks.
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