I started making these several years ago when we lived in Portland, OR and would go to the coast. They’re great for getting the sand off your hands before you eat! I started making them again at the start of cold season in Indiana. In addition to the common cold and flu, we now need to be aware of COVID-19 — So I thought I would share my recipe. Below are the benefits of the ingredients and the recipe.

Witch Hazel, among other benefits to the skin, helps ward off infections.

Castile soap is a toxic free soap, safe for sensitive skin, and prevents the spread of viruses.

Thieves Household Cleaner is a non-toxic, vegetable-based surfactant cleaning product that I clean my entire house with. It’s biodegradable and contains thieves essential oils.

Theives essential oil contains clove, cinnamon bark, lemon, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary essential oils. This combination fights against viruses, boosts immune function and fights infections.

Purification essential oil contains citronella, lavandin, lemongrass, rosemary, myrtle, and tea tree. It is soothing and eliminates odors and is one of my favorite oils – because it’s uplifting and smells so good!

Tea Tree essential oil contains antiseptic, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties.


6-8 wash clothes (I just get the inexpensive washcloths at Walmart)

2 C. water

½ C. witch hazel

2 tbsp. castile soap

½ cap full of Thieves Household Cleaner (if you don’t have, increase Thieves essential oil to 6 drops)

3 drops Thieves essential oil

3 drops Purification essential oil

3 drops Tea Tree essential oil


Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Place one or two cloths at a time in the liquid.  Wring out really well. Fold in half and roll up. Place cloths in a ziploc bag to keep moist.

I keep one cloth in a small ziplock bag and keep it with me in the car or purse. If you find you aren’t using them frequently, you can store the cloths in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator.

These smell so good and have all the benefits of keeping our hands sanitized while on the go. You can use them at home, but we have the luxury of just washing our hands there.