Having a little panic about the coronavirus as our daughter as a low immune system after finishing treatment for cancer a few months ago, we decided to get in a little stock of hand sanitizer. However, we weren’t the only ones panicking its been sold out everywhere.
So we decided to make our own. Making your own hand sanitizer is a simple process that results in a mixture you can customize to suit your personal tastes.
Gather your ingredients. This sanitizer closely matches the commercial kind, without all the chemicals and without the bad smell.
Note: Hand sanitizer should not replace hand washing; just use it when you really need it or you are out and about.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol, isopropyl or vodka (must be above 70% alcohol)
- 1/3 cup pure aloe vera gel (preferably without additives)
- 8 to 10 drops essential oil, such as lavender
- Mixing bowl
- Container or jug for mixing
Mix the alcohol & aloe vera gel in the bowl. Pour the ingredients into the bowl and mix them together well. The mixture should be completely smooth.
If you want the solution to be thicker, add a little more aloe vera or thin it out by mixing more alcohol.
Add the essential oil. Add it one drop at a time, stirring as you go. After about a few drops, smell the mixture to see whether you like the scent.
Lavender essential oils has the added benefit of providing additional antiseptic properties to the mixture. But if you don’t like lavender it’s fine to use whatever scent you enjoy. Lemon, grapefruit and passion fruit all work well.