The wonderful thing about Hand Sanitizer is that you can make your own at home with some simple ingredients you can buy at most outdoor and health food stores.
The key to an effective hand sanitizer is that it meets the CDC (Center for Disease Control) requirements of having an alcohol content of at least greater than 60% in order to kill 99.99% of common germs.
Clean-hands and persons are essential to fighting viral spreads and to keep yourself and family members healthy.
Unfortunately, due to recent COVID-19 pandemic many ingredients for hand sanitizers are sold out but here is a great recipe to use if you can get your hands on ingredients:
Equipment / Tools
- Bowl and spoon
- Bottle with pump dispenser
- 2/3 cup 99 percent rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
- 8 to 10 drops essential oil, optional
- 99% pure Ethyl (Ethanol) or Isopropyl alcohol. Both will work effectively as the base of a hand sanitizer. When looking at ethanol you want the “denatured” ethanol, which is approved for antiseptic sanitizing.
- Aloe Vera Gel– used to keep the alcohol from severely drying your hands. Regardless sanitizer will have a drying effect due to the nature and potency of the alcohol.
- Essential Oils– Lavender or Grapefruit will make the sanitizer smell better and if you use quality essential oils you can get the therapeutic benefits they provide.
How To Make
Mix all the ingredients together in the bowl and mix it with your spoon. Funnel the solution into your bottle and viola you have yourself a homemade hand sanitizer. Spray your hands whenever you feel like you may have come in contact with anything that could cause sickness.
The key ingredient in hand sanitizer is alcohol, so it’s possible to substitute for the aloe vera gel. The purpose of the aloe gel is to protect hands against the drying effects of alcohol. If you are allergic to aloe or can’t find it other substitutes include glycerin or vitamin e. However, it’s still important to keep the alcohol in the final product at least 60%. If you can’t find alcohol, the best option is to wash your hands with soap and water rather than attempt a homemade hand sanitizer recipe, or purchase another hand sanitizer, like this one here.
Working with 70% Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol and ethanol from a store tend to be either 90-99% alcohol or else 70% alcohol. You can disinfect your hands with 70% alcohol, but there’s very little you can add to it (maybe a few drops of essential oil or jojoba oil, to improve scent or texture). Mixing 70% alcohol with other ingredients dilutes the alcohol, so it’s easy to drop below the 60% alcohol recommended by the CDC.
Protect Your Hands
Alcohol dries the skin and strips protective oils. Follow up a hand sanitizer (or hand washing) with a good lotion to keep skin in top shape. Damaged skin has tiny cracks that trap bacteria and viruses and make them harder to remove. If you have sensitive skin, use sanitizer only when needed and stock up on disposable gloves when you are out and about.
Alcohol is toxic and should not be consumed, make sure you keep your home made alcohol hand sanitizer away from children and those vulnerable.