Keeping this short and to the point. Went to the grocery store yesterday only to find out their hand sanitizer would be out of stock for another three weeksđŸ˜«. I actually really needed a bottle to keep in my car so, I asked one of the store clerks that was stocking shelves if they had any and she mentioned I should make my own from two simple ingredients.  This is what inspired me to look into making my own DIY hand sanitizer.

THINGS YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE MAKING YOUR OWN SANITIZER

Honestly I am in no way a professional expert when it comes to germs but, I learned a few things from these 3 articles (below) regarding making your own hand sanitizers. Please go over each article to ensure you understand the importance of making your own correctly.

Here’s what CDC says regarding hand sanitizer

World Health Organization official DIY guide to hand sanitizer

Here’s what Wired says about DIY hand sanitizer

A FEW THINGS I LEARNED

Here’s an outlined overview of what I learned

  • Make sure that the tools you use for mixing are properly sanitized.
  • Hand sanitizer—even the real, professionally made stuff—should always be a last resort because sanitizer only reduces the number of germs.
  • If your hands are visible greasy or dirty hand sanitizer will mostly likely not work.
  • Let your DIY hand sanitizer sit for a minimum of 72 hours after you’re done mixing it. That way the sanitizer has time to kill any bacteria that might have been introduced during the mixing process.
  • You need to let hand sanitizer dry on your hands in order for it to properly kill the germs. This should take about 20 seconds. Do not wipe hand sanitizer off.
  • In order for your DIY hand Sanitizer to work properly your alcohol percentage should be at least 60% or more.

DIY HAND SANITIZER RECIPE

  • 3 parts rubbing alcohol  ( borrow a cup from your neighbor if you can’t find any in stores – A little goes a long way )
  • 1 part aloe vera ( gel or it can be scrubbed off an aloe plant – You don’t need much at all )
  • Optional: Essential oils for scent

It’s really easy to make. I did 3/4 cup of rubbing alcohol and 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel.  ( if you’re doing 3 spoons of rubbing alcohol you would do 1 spoon of aloe vera gel ) You can usually find aloe vera gel in stores in the sun burnt supplies section.

Instructions:

Start by adding your rubbing alcohol into the jar first.

Supplies needed for DIY hand sanitizer

Adding Rubbing Alcohol TO DIY Hand Sanitizer

Than add your aloe vera gel. I know it’s going to seam like not much aloe vera gel at all but, that’s how it should be. Than secure a lid onto the jar and shake the contents of the jar until the liquids are combined.

Adding Aloe Vera Gell To DIY Hand Sanitizer

You can also add a few drops of essentials oils for scent if you’d like and shake again.

Since I was using a mason jar for this I drilled a hole in the lid and added a pump. I secured the pump to the lid with some e6000 glue.

Drilling a hole for some DIY hand sanitizer

That’s it! Super easy to make. Only takes minutes and you can add it to tiny plastic travel size bottles if you need to keep it in your car.

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Best,

Lily