PROPERLY SCRUBBING YOUR hands is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs and viruses, and to ensure you don’t get sick yourself. But if you don't have access to soap and clean water, or if you're out and about and nowhere near a sink, you should carry a hand sanitizer to protect your health.
As you're no doubt aware, bottles of hand sanitizer sell out quickly during public health crises. But don't worry - making your own hand sanitizer is remarkably easy. You just have to be careful you don't mess it up. Make sure that the tools you use for mixing are properly sanitized; otherwise you could contaminate the whole thing.
You can make your own hand sanitizer with these 3 ingredients.
Isopropyl or Rubbing Alcohol (99 percent alcohol volume)
Aloe Vera Gel
An Essential Oil, such as Tea Tree Oil or Lavender Oil, or you can use Lemon Juice instead.
The key to making an effective, germ-busting hand sanitizer is to stick to a 2:1 proportion of alcohol to aloe vera. This keeps the alcohol content around 60 percent.
How do you make your own Hand Sanitizer?
Hand Sanitizer recipe
What you’ll need:
3/4 cup of Isopropyl or Rubbing Alcohol (99 percent)
1/4 cup of Aloe Vera Gel (to help keep your hands smooth and to counteract the harshness of alcohol)
10 drops of Essential Oil, such as Lavender Oil, or you can use Lemon Juice instead.
Pour all ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a pouring spout like a glass measuring container.
Mix with a spoon thoroughly to turn the Sanitizer into a Gel.
Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it “Hand Sanitizer.”
A word of warning
Hand Sanitizer recipes, including the one we shared, are intended for use by professionals with the necessary expertise and resources for safe creation and proper utilization. Only use Homemade Hand Sanitizers in extreme situations when hand washing isn’t available for the foreseeable future. Don’t use Homemade Hand Sanitizers on children’s skin as they may be more prone to use them improperly, leading to a greater risk of injury.
Please use the Home Sanitizers only when you have no other option left. (that is if you have no option to wash your hand or you are out of the Certified Sanitizers)
STAY HOME! STAY SAFE!