Hand Sanitizer and Zumba

This morning I went down to Moore Wilson to buy hand sanitizer.  I have been meaning to make some, but I just haven’t had time. The reason I was wanting hand sanitizer is not because I have been sucked in to all the craziness, but because we need it for our students.  

A couple of months ago Jenna and Andy started their own Zumba classes.  It’s been something they have wanted to do for some time.  Jenna has been teaching Zumba for a while now, and Andy has been a group fitness instructor for years. It’s exciting!  They are called State of Motion and they teach at various venues here in Lower Hutt. The days and venues are about to change so I’ll just suggest that, if you’re interested in finding out more, visit their website.

I must admit, I’ve been a bit resistant to joining the Zumba craze that’s been taking our house by storm for a long time.  I’m more of a Pilates girl.  Having said that, I had to go along, at least for the first class.  Now, I’m a convert.  When my Osteopath told me I couldn’t do Zumba for a few weeks because I hurt my knee (not Zumba related), I was really upset.  Did I see that one coming – hell no!

Anyway, how does all this relate to hand sanitizer? I thought that we should provide some for the students, just in case.  So, off I went to buy a big bottle.  I knew that I didn’t have a chance of finding any in the supermarket so I thought Moore Wilsons may have some.  But, no!

So, home I came to make my own.  In case you have missed out on the stocks in stores and would like to make a more natural alternative, here’s the recipe for Orange and Cinnamon Hand Sanitizer.

The ingredients that might not be quite as easy to find as zipping into your supermarket or health store are cinnamon tincture  and cinnamon hydrosol.  You can buy them by clicking on the links.  I wasn’t able to find anywhere else that sold both products.  

You could substitute with Kanuka hydrosol, Teatree hydrosol or Orange hydrosol and leave out the tincture.   You could also substitute Witch Hazel which is antimicrobial although, I have not tried this personally.  Your goal here is to use ingredients that prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.

I hope you find this recipe useful.  Good luck and please stay safe, remember to wash your hands and don’t touch your face – and all that jazz.  

March 15, 2020