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How To Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

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With news of the coronavirus, commercially-produced hand sanitizer is becoming hard to find at stores in several areas. This Homemade Hand Sanitizer recipe meets the requirements outlined by the World Health Organization for another option if hand washing with soap and water is not available.

How To Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

You will need isopropyl alcohol to make your own hand sanitizer. This is so quick and easy to make. The key to making an effective hand sanitizer is to keep the ratio at a minimum of 60% alcohol. This can be done best with 91% alcohol.

You might have seen internet rumors about replacing the rubbing alcohol with vodka, DO NOT do this. It’s just not effective and not recommended.

How To Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Many studies have found that sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60–95% are the most effective with killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers. 70% alcohol can be made into a spray sanitizer fairly easily.

How To Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

This will be a bit more liquidy than hand sanitizers you buy at a store because of the quantity of rubbing alcohol it takes to make this effective.  When you use it, be sure to completely coat your hands and then let them air dry. (This is the CDC-approved method for effective hand disinfecting.)

Aloe Vera Gel

How To Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • 2/3 cup 91% isopropyl alcohol (use at least 60 percent suggested by the CDC to help kill germs)
  • 10 drops essential oils (optional)

Mix the two ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Washing your hands with soap and water is always the best choice. However, this is not always possible, so keeping hand sanitizer on hand can give you an advantage killing germs when you’re on the go.

How To Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

You can use 10 drops of essential oil of your choice to add a fragrance. There are germ-killing oils as well that you can add to give your homemade hand sanitizer a bit of a boost.

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18 comments

  1. Thanks for the hand sanitizer recipe! !

  2. What do you store it in etc?

  3. This is so much help, where do you buy the aloe vera gel?

  4. Can you send me that ingredient for hand stationer

  5. I’m gonna try this because we been going to the store and there out of sanitizer

  6. Can we use raw Aloe Vera gel to make homemade sanitizer?

  7. I have read tea tree and lemon essential oils are germ killing. Is that right? I have also read about the Powers of neem, and I bought some leaves, but Dont know how to use it…

  8. Im going to try this sanitizer because there is a shortage here where I live.

  9. Thank you so much I was looking for a good recipe. Problem is we can’t even find alcohol all places out of stock and having a 3 week old baby and almost half of a 15oz bottle I really need to at least make some. I was able to order aloe vera gel which I’m still waiting to arrive and husband found a small bottle of rubbing alcohol but I think is 100% will that work for this recipe and should I use the same amount? I have some lavender essential oil, could I add a few drops as well? 

  10. Thanks for the hand sanitizer recipe.

  11. I’m allergic to aloe. Is there an ingredient I could use to replace the aloe? Thanks

  12. I found aloe Vera gel at Trader Joe’s.

  13. what is an essential oil.