Citronella: 4 reasons why it’s summer’s sidekick

Fireflies, lemonade, and wild adventures into the great unknown—summer is finally here! From baseball games and woodland campouts to backyard family barbecues and theme park vacations, do you have any Citronella essential oil in your summer step? Known for its bright, lemony scent and frequent appearance in insect repellent, patio candles, and sunscreen, Citronella essential oil mixes nostalgia with practicality. Read on for our lovable uses of pure Citronella essential oil. 

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Since living in Panama we are doing the laundry waaaay more often than before in the Northwest of the US. What makes the difference? well.. in the US it was high desert, that means dry climate, humidity at it's lowest at 12% and 4 seasons per year. 

Here now in tropical Panama we have dry season about 3-4 months and rain season 8-9 months - humidity always high - in comparison to where we lived before.

DIY hand purifier

DIY hand purifier

Cornelia Mikolash

How to make DIY hand purifier with essential oils

When the things that used to be essential are getting harder to find, it’s time to break out the supplies and make them yourself!  With just three household ingredients, essential oils, and a few minutes of your time, you’ll have a batch of DIY hand purifier ready to stock your shelves.

It's easy

The key to DIY hand purifier that works? The proper amount of germ-killing alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), hand purifier must have 60 percent alcohol content in order to be effective.

DIY hand purifier recipe

Yield: 4–5 travel-sized containers


1. Add alcohol, aloe vera, and jojoba oil to a bowl.
2. Add essential oils and mix well to combine.
3. Store in travel-sized containers with a lid.

How to use hand purifier

Put a small amount of purifier in the palm of one hand, then rub it all over every surface of both hands. Keep rubbing until it is dry.

PRO tip:
Remember, hand purifier is a good solution when soap and water are unavailable, but the CDC recommends opting for the classic soap-and-water method whenever possible.

What’s in DIY hand purifier?

As always, we are committed to quality ingredients in all our products and DIY recipes.  Hand purifier is no exception!  Using three household ingredients and your favorite essential oils, this easy DIY comes together in just a few minutes.

  • Isopropyl alcohol is the hero of this recipe. Killing germs and taking names.  The alcohol is doing the heavy lifting.
  • Aloe vera gel is a jack of all trades in this recipe.  Not only does it thicken the solution so it’s easier to use, but it also helps condition the skin.
  • Jojoba oil moisturizes your skin for oh-so-soft hands. The best part? Jojoba is a non-greasy carrier oil that will leave your hands moisturized but not greasy.
  • Essential oils offer their unique properties and special scents, so you can customize your recipe to smell like classic Thieves Hand Sanitizer, a festival of floral scents, a tropical oasis, or anything else your heart desires!
  • Here are some scent combos we like:
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Easy peasy lemon squeezy

A little bit of Lemon oil goes a long way in creating a clean slate!

Whether you’re tackling indoor traffic or battling bad odors, Lemon essential oil’s zesty aroma can shed sunshine on the situation.  Its invigorating scent is like the perfect rush-hour playlist—light, bright, and energizing!

  1. Snuff out stinky smells by placing a Lemon-infused cotton ball in the refrigerator, bathroom drawer, or trash can.
  2. Fight oil with oil—for real!  Battle greasy stovetops, counters, and dishes with a mix of Lemon and vinegar. Mix 20 drops with 1 cup white vinegar in a 16-ounce spray bottle and fill to the top with water. Spray those sticky surfaces and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  3. Infuse your laundry with the citrusy freshness of a lemon grove by adding 5-8 drops to the rinse cycle when washing clothes and towels.
  4. Use Thieves® Household Cleaner [lemon is a main ingredient!] to get every part of your home sparkling.
  5. Banish hard-water buildup by tackling it with a paste made of baking soda, a little bit of water and Lemon essential oil.
  6. Dreaming of stainless steel without syrupy fingerprints? Add 3 drops Lemon to a damp rag and polish those appliances to perfection!
  7. Did you or a loved one sit in some sap while on your great-outdoors getaway? Combine a drop of Lemon with a drop of V-6 oil and work it into that sticky spot.
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