I’m not the kind of person that needs to be reminded to wash her hands after going to the restroom or before having lunch. In fact, I think that sometimes I go over the line when it comes to keeping my hands clean but I find it impossible to take it easy when I know how many germs surround us. Having said this, each time
I travel longer distances and I have doubts about the cleanness of the public facilities I might have to use on the run, I make a batch of sanitizing wipes which are infused with Lemon and Lavender Essential Oils which not only make them pleasantly fragrant, but also have antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties.
They are not only extremely convenient to carry around, but also fairly effective on those rare occasions when you have no better option to clean up. If you’re wondering why I go through all the trouble of creating the swipes myself instead of purchasing them from a store, I have two powerful reasons. One would be my concern about the chemicals that are used to imbue commercial swipes, because I know for a fact that they are not completely harmless, at least not for my sensitive skin.
1 1/2 C. very warm water
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol
3 drops Lavender essential oil (optional)
3 drops Lemon essential oil (optional)
Remember to melt or liquefy your coconut oil first before mixing with the rest of the ingredients and pour the mixture into the folded wipes or halves napkins arranged in a travel size container (I used the first aid car kit travel size container) and voila, you already have your non toxic sanitary wipes.
The other argument has a lot to do with the process of making the wipes, because although it might appear like a complex operation, it is in fact merely a formality. I like the idea of choosing my favorite fragrances, and infuse the sanitizing wipes with lemon or lavender essential oils. By doing so, I feel like I enjoy the best of both worlds because I’ll smell lovely, keep my hands clean and won’t have to worry about the side effects of commercial chemicals.
Credit to Jillee for this great idea.