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How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer?

Facing a shortage of hand sanitizers? Worry not as you can make your own hand sanitizer at home by being cautious and following these simple steps. 
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 1 bottle
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

Hand Sanitizer (Gel)

  • 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (either lavender, tea tree oil or even lemon juice)
  • 3/4 cup of Isopropyl alcohol

Hand Sanitizer (Spray)

  • 12 fluid ounce of Isopropyl alcohol
  • 2 tsp of glycerol
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (either lavender, tea tree oil or even lemon juice)
  • 1 tbsp Hydrogen peroxide
  • 3 fluid ounces of distilled water

Instructions

DIY Hand Sanitizer Gel

  • To make hand sanitizer gel, take a bowl and pour the isopropyl, aloe vera gel, and your favorite essential oil in the aforementioned quantities using a glass measuring container with a pouring nozzle.
  • Once done, take a spoon and mix the ingredients well and then whisk them together. This will give you a sanitizer gel. The essential oil will give it a nice fragrance. Put the ingredients in an empty container. And you have your sanitizer gel ready!

Hand Sanitizer (Spray)

  • To make hand sanitizer in the form of a spray, you can mix 2 teaspoons of glycerol with 12 fluid ounces of alcohol. Jugs of glycerol are available online and it is an essential ingredient as it prevents the alcohol from making your hands dry. If you do not have glycerol, then proceed with the rest of the recipe as it is but remember to moisturize your hands once you use the sanitizer.
  • Once done, add 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide along with 3 fluid ounces of boiled or distilled water. Make sure that if you use isopropyl alcohol of a lower concentration, it is almost imperative to use a lesser amount of water in proportion to it as the final mixture of the sanitizer should have at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Fill empty spray bottles with this solution. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to add to its fragrance and you are good to go!
    A bottle of handsanitizer kept atop a white table against a white background

Notes

  • The aloe vera mix in the previous recipe can be a good replacement for glycerol but it can be quite sticky.
  • If you spray this solution to a paper towel you can use it as a wet wipe.
  • According to the World Health Organization, allow the solution to sit for 72 hours before using it.