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Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer!

Kindergarten Simple Experiments Activities: Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer!

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With new diseases appearing each day, it's important to keep your child's hands clean and germ free. As a parent, you want to do everything possible to ensure your child stays healthy, especially when a contagious virus spreads. With the most recent outbreaks of the Swine Flu virus, you may be rushing to the store to stock up on hand sanitizer. Instead, try this activity where you'll make your very own personal sanitizer! It's easy enough for your child to help you with, which means she'll be more willing to use it and remain healthy.

What You Need:

  • 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel
  • 2/3 cup of 99% rubbing alcohol
  • 8-10 drops of essential oil (such as vanilla, lavender, grapefruit, peppermint, etc.)
  • One small mixing bowl and spoon
  • Recycled liquid soap bottle
  • Funnel

What You Do:

  1. Pick out a scented essential oil with your child. Essential oils can usually be found at health, beauty product, or aromatherapy stores.
  2. Help your child measure out each ingredient and pour them into the mixing bowl. Hand her a spoon and invite her to stir carefully.
  3. Put the funnel in the opening of the soap bottle and pour the mixed ingredients into it.
  4. Screw the pump back on.

Now you're ready to battle those germs with your own fragrant hand sanitizer!

Barbara Sweet has a Master's degree in Education and has taught Spanish in grades K-12, as well as a variety of undergraduate college courses. She is also the mother of a nine-year-old son.

Updated on Jun 25, 2013
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