DIY Natural Hand Sanitizer
As we enter the spring season, it seems we’re less concerned about seasonal allergies and blooming gardens these days. Here at LEVO HQ, we promote positivity and encourage people to live well, often adding plants and other herbs to the equation. With brick and mortar stores and price-conscious online retailers running out of hygiene products during this crazy time, did you know that you can make a natural hand sanitizer at home with your LEVO?
Our friends over at the mindful brand of plant-powered dishwashing tools, Sqwishful, recently shared a natural hand sanitizer recipe they’ve been actively making at home. We couldn’t help but make a #LEVOmade version of our own to share with our LEVO Love Club.
Check out the recipe below so together we can promote good health, better hygiene, and also cut costs from excessive buying of unnatural, potentially harmful hand sanitizers.
For an optional CBD component, try the recommendation from Jamie Evans, Founder of The Herb Somm and Author of the soon to be released book, The Ultimate Guide to CBD: Explore The World of Cannabidiol.
- 3 parts isopropyl alcohol (use 70-91% concentration for the best antimicrobial efficacy)
- 1 part vegetable glycerin
- 1 tablespoon of dried lavender flowers
- 1 tablespoon of grapefruit zest (or any citrus fruit zest)
- (Optional CBD component) 2.5 grams of CBD-rich hemp flower
Before the hand sanitizer is mixed, first prepare the herbal infusion of the vegetable glycerine inside the LEVO machine.
Fill the LEVO herb pod about 2/3 of the way with the dried lavender and shaved grapefruit zest. Adjust the ratio of ingredients inside the herb pod as you see fit, and depending on personal preference and desired scent. Add the herb pod to the LEVO reservoir at the “Place Pod Here” marker.
*Optional CBD infusion: If you decide to add CBD-rich hemp flower to your recipe, add the CBD hemp flower to the herb pod at this step, along with the lavender and citrus zest, before starting the infusion cycle.
Add 1-2 cups of vegetable glycerin to the LEVO reservoir, making sure to fully submerge the ingredients inside the herb pod with the liquid.
Set the infusion for 2.5 hours at 185°F, add the stirring paddle to the bottom of the reservoir, and press start. After the infusion cycle is complete, dispense the liquid into a clean container and let cool completely.
In a clean mixing bowl, add 1 part* infused vegetable glycerine and 3 parts* isopropyl alcohol and mix together until fully combined.
*For example, to fill an 8oz bottle with your homemade sanitizer, mix ¼ cup infused glycerine and ¾ cup alcohol.
Transfer to a bottle and let sit for 6 hours before using to ensure total sanitation of the mixture.
Share with friends & family to enjoy clean hands and peace of mind!
A friendly reminder that washing your hands as often as possible is still the best remedy for fighting germs and bacteria. Share what you make with #LEVOmade and feel free to highlight any herbal combinations or scents that you love!
Disclaimer: To effectively kill germs, the CDC recommends consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. This recipe calls for 75% alcohol content, but has not been independently verified.