I know I’m not alone in this when I say that I hate getting sick. That’s why in my home, it’s important that we keep our hands clean.
While washing your hands is the best way to kill germs and viruses, hand sanitizer is your next best option when you don’t have access to soap and water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer works to reduce the number of microbes on your hands.
Recently, there’s been a shortage of hand sanitizers on the shelves. On eBay, an 8 fl. oz. bottle of Purell hand sanitizer is being sold for just over $25.
If you’re having trouble finding hand sanitizer, consider making your own.
In this post, I’m sharing a DIY hand sanitizer recipe.
In order for this recipe to be an effective disinfectant, it includes rubbing alcohol as the active ingredient. Because alcohol is drying, this recipe also includes aloe vera gel for moisture. The essential oil is optional and added for fragrance.
How to Make Your Own DIY Hand Sanitizer
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Essentials oils for hand sanitizer
You can use your favorite essential oil in your hand sanitizer. A few of my favorites are:
- Tea Tree
How to use hand sanitizer
When using hand sanitizer, apply a little bit more than half a teaspoon to the palm of your hand and rub it all over the surface of your hands until your hands are dry. This will take around 20 seconds or so.
Do not use hand sanitizer if your hands are greasy or visibly dirty. Instead, wash your hands with soap and water.
DIY Hand Sanitizer
Feel free to double this recipe for a larger batch, or half it for a smaller batch.
You will need:
- Bowl and spoon
- Squeeze bottle or bottle with pump
- 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
- 8 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined.
2. Use a funnel to carefully pour the mixture into a bottle.
I hope you find this DIY hand sanitizer recipe helpful, especially during this time where it’s difficult to find it in stores.