Homemade All Natural Hand Sanitizer

During this difficult time we are ALL dealing with the uncertainty of Corona Virus. Stores are either having a hard time keeping up with the demand of basic supplies like toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Some stores are no longer carrying the product at all.  In times such as these we can take comfort in knowing that nature and some tips from our past can always provide an alternative solution for our basic needs. With a little planning and a moment of your time you can create a healthy and fantastic smelling sanitizer for your hands and your household.

If you were to think back to years past many of our ancestors did not have the luxury of running out to the store to purchase a pre-made hand sanitizer that kills “99.9” percent of germs on contact. What they did have access to and used without second thought were earth’s natural herbs.  According to The U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, herbs and fruits in your garden such as lemon, grapefruit, rosemary, and peppermint are stronger and more effective of killing bacteria than the commercial cleaners you find in the grocery store. This can be a simple and more effective way to sanitize your home from the spread of  common colds and infections.

As our last bit of hand sanitizer came to an end, my girls and I were super excited to create our first batch of all natural hand sanitizer. Depending on where you live the growing season may not yet have arrived. You can simply go to an all natural market and pick up your herbs where you would buy your raw vegetables or purchase food grade pure essential oils. We decided to choose the following fruits and herbs due to their antimicrobial makeup.

Grapefruit: disinfectant

Lemon: disinfectant

Peppermint: antibacterial and antiviral

Rosemary: antibacterial

Tea Tree: enhances immunity, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal

Aloe Vera: natural hand shoother

Other great antibacterial and antiviral herbs: eucalyptus, lavender, orange, tea tree

Here is a video of our recipe and the recipe is below:

Hand sanitizer recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of isopropyl or 99% rubbing alcohol or Vodka. Rubbing alcohol seemed to be flying off the shelf for now, so another alternative is Vodka or Gin. Make sure that the Vodka is 80 proof or higher and over 40% alcohol.
  • 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel. Aloe vera gel keeps your hands smooth and helps to counteract the harshness of alcohol). We scraped two to three 2 inch leaves from our aloe vera plant at home of its gel.
  • 10 drops of lemon juice
  • 10 drops of grapefruit juice
  • Fill bottle with sprigs of rosemary and peppermint. You can also use a few drops of  PURE essential oils.

Directions:

  • Pour all ingredients into a bowl or a measuring like cup with a spout.
  • Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel.
  • Pour the ingredients into small plastic bottles with sprayer on top and shake.
  • Spray on hands or anywhere in your home that could use some sanitizing (i.e. doorknobs, counter tops, refrigerator handles, etc.

 

According to UNICEF here are some important facts on Corona Virus:

  1. Corona Virus will live 12 hours on a metal surface.
  2. Corona Virus remains on fabric for 9 hours.
  3. Corona Virus lives on the Hands for 10 minutes.

I would love to hear how your sanitizer turned out. Enjoy!

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Guinea Pig Care for Beginners

As much as we wanted a dog, it just wasn’t time due to my daughter’s severe allergies. She seems to even be allergic to allergy free dogs. But, if it weren’t for her allergies, we never would have met our little guinea pig Jack, or “Jackie” as we like to call him.

I grew up taking care of 6 hamsters. Not all at once. Some we bought in a “pair” and the other hamsters were alone. One thing they all had in common was that they eventually passed away and were buried in our childhood backyard. Hamsters made a great first pet but they weren’t personal with you. They were small, nippy little things. I just knew that my girls wanted more out of a pet.

After looking for information online for a nice starter pet, I came across the guinea pig. I saw that guinea pigs could be trained and they liked vegetables. They even liked to be taken out of their cage daily! Seemed like a nice “in between” pet experience to try.

When I began my search to find the best guinea pig I realized it was not easy to find the little guy. An animal lover friend of mine said it’s always best to rescue a pet if you can. Therefore we did not attempt to purchase from a pet store. I searched local animal shelters and on websites such as Marilyn’s Voice. Almost every guinea pig that I came across had either just been adopted or was about to be picked up for adoption. Feeling somewhat defeated, I decided to try Craig’s List. As I looked on the site it wasn’t long before the cutest little guinea pig was staring back at me. I emailed the seller and she was available!

The day came to pick up our new animal friend. We ordered a large cage because guinea pigs love, love, love a large space. You can also look on Pinterest if you want to attempt to build your own.

As we pulled up to the house to pick up our guinea I realized we truly were doing a great thing by “rescuing” him. The poor little pig lived in a house with over 20 cats, ferrets, and dogs. The owner (a young teenager) said that she never had time to play with it let alone feed it properly. She gave us a bag of timothy hay (more on that later) and his favorite toy. While walking down the driveway she yells, “Don’t forget to cut his nails!” I look down and sure enough his long claws had darkened and curled over like a witch. Well, he was ours now. We headed to the pet store to begin our new adventure.

All guinea pigs are different, but here are some basics to get you started and help your guinea pig transition into your loving home.

Personality

Most guinea pigs love to hide all day, so it is important to have a cave or burrow for them to run away and hide in. It takes quite sometime for your guinea to get comfortable with you, so don’t be dismayed if they only come out of their cave to eat or drink when you are NOT around. As the weeks go by, they will soon feel comfortable enough to take food from your hand and not run away so quickly when you walk by. Although some experts recommend that your guinea pig have a partner for companionship, keeping the cage in a main social area of the home will do the trick. Do not keep your guinea in a bedroom or office tucked away with the door closed or less frequented areas of the home. This will leave the guinea sad and lonely if they do not have a partner in the cage with them. Once the jitters start to subside guinea’s love to be picked up and socialize with you on your lap or on the floor. Little Jackie now calls for me as soon as I walk in from work and in the morning when he knows it’s time to eat again.

Cage

JACKIE CAGE2

Be sure to have a large enough cage for the guinea pig. Keep in mind that guinea pigs are larger and need breathable room than hamsters so an aquarium just will not do. You can find a cage similar to the one we purchased at Wal-Mart for about $39.99.

Bedding

The safest bedding for a guinea is either using fleece or absorbable paper crumbles found at a pet store. Please avoid using pine chips for bedding. Although less expensive, they are extremely toxic to our guinea pig friends. In our cage we line the bottom of the cage with recycled brown bags from the grocery store. Next, we layer with my husband’s old t-shirts or buy $1 bedding from a thrift store. Finally, we pour a few paper crumble shreds from the pet store to help capture any waste. We change the cage every week in half by wrapping up the bags and bedding and placing in a trash bag. I have read that some people choose to wash their bedding. I personally don’t want to do that.

Food

A guinea’s #1 food source should come from timothy hay. When buying timothy hay make sure that your are buying only timothy hay and not alfalfa timothy hay. We wondered why my guinea stopped eating his beloved hay one day only to find out I had purchased the wrong mixture.

JACKIE EATING

Guinea’s love raw fruits and vegetables! This is where they get their daily dose of vitamin C. Be sure they receive at least 1 cup of vegetables per day. Usually we split up half a cup in the morning and half a cup in the evening. Here is a sample of what our guinea’s favorite fresh foods are: broccoli leaves, kale, cabbage, carrots, purple lettuce, arugula, apples, watermelon rinds, pears, blueberries. Another great time to feed veggies is during out of cage play time or nail cutting.

Finally, always have dried “kibble” food in the dish and keep that water bottle filled to the brim! You will need to experiment with what dried food your guinea likes best. Guinea pigs definitely have a preference. Just like any other pet would.

Hygiene

After having our guinea pig after a month I thought that it might be time to give him a bath. Upon looking further into the cleaning we decided against it. I read several places that guinea skin carries a natural oil and they clean their skin similar to cats. Bathing the guinea strips them of their natural oil and can lead to pneumonia or other skin ailments. Our guinea has never carried any odor on the fur. Again, very similar to caring for a cat.

JACKIE NAILS2

For nail cutting things can get a little tricky. We have gone through experimenting with several cutters, all the way down to one that “glows” right at the line so you can see what is called the “quick.” What has worked best for us are baby nail clippers. Hold your guinea in your lap wrapped in a blanket so they feel “cavy.” Have a helper shine a small flash light on the area. Feed the guinea some fresh fruit or veggies so that they are distracted. We try to clip the nails every time we clean out the cage.

Guinea pigs are loveable little pets to have around your children! Enjoy!

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