I recently got a loooooot of mixed feedback on a Facebook post that did not go unnoticed. It was about one of our favorite sponsors, Handzies. While many were in the “we love them too” camp, there were plenty of other commenters that were appalled we’d do anything other than make our own homemade hand wipes!
So today, I’m excited to have Karen Trenk, the owner of Handzies, share how to do just that. In fact, making them herself is exactly how she started her very own hand wipe company! And it’s a fun way to customize them so that they are perfect for your family. We even created a handy DIY printable guide for you.
While it would, of course, be ideal to always wash with soap and water when you need a little cleanup, you never know when you just can’t. We’ve all been there when it comes to having to stop in an icky porta potty or gas station bathroom—or not even having access to a sink at all (or a sink that actually has soap!). And conventional alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be harsh on our skin. So, while I’ll still probably always have a stash of Handzies in my purse, I thought it would be fun to learn to make my own. It’s not hard to do!
by Karen Trenk, the owner of Handzies
Years ago, after our whole family got taken out by a horrible stomach bug, I was on a mission to make sure we cleaned up more to try to avoid getting sick again. With a busy family on the go, one of our biggest challenges was finding a way to get cleaned up while we were out and about. We all hated the goopy alcohol hand sanitizers, and there was no way that my kids would consider using baby wipes.
We really just wanted a way to get squeaky clean like we could at the sink…but on the go! After searching and finding no solutions, I decided just to make my own wipes. After much trial and error in my kitchen, I came up with a formula that worked for us. Friends and family found out about them and were forever asking me for “one of those wipes.” It seemed we weren’t the only ones who wanted a simple, natural way to get cleaned up on the go. 🙂 Now our proprietary formula is produced at a commercial wipes facility in California, and Handzies are available for everyone!
But here’s how to make your own…
Change up the essential oils. This is the most fun way to play around, but be careful what you mix together as the oils often have a strong scent on their own, and when mixed together they sometimes don’t work out. We once mixed up something that my daughter said smelled like a “wet dog”—not good! You can also use one of the blends offered by the popular essential oil providers for things like germ-fighting, calming, energizing, etc. Here are some of my favorite customizations:
I let my kids pick the essential oil they wanted to use for their batch. After they got to make them, they were super excited to start using them. I got some help with the project, and they were a lot cleaner…win/win! Just be prepared, once you hand a few of these out to friends and family they will constantly be asking you for “one of your wipes.” 🙂
If you’re reading this and thinking, “This sounds fun and all, but I just don’t have the time or desire to make my own,” you are in luck! That’s exactly why Hanzies was created. Handzies wipes are free of chemicals, made with natural ingredients, and individually packaged—perfect for travel, school lunches, cleaning hands/tables at restaurants, kids sports activities, or anytime you are on-the-go. They’re also biodegradable and compostable, and now have a waste-free option in pop-up canisters (not pictured).
Either way, whether you try your hand at making your own homemade wipes or purchase Handzies, you’ll be avoiding the alcohol and unwanted chemicals in conventional wipes. Let us know what you think!
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