How to Make Hand Sanitizer

Make Hand Sanitizer
Washing your hands with soap is better, but if you have no soap and water, hand sanitizer is the second best thing. Commercial hand sanitizer can get expensive, and with the shortage of hand sanitizer due to COVID-19, you may have to resort to making your own. Making your own hand sanitizer is a simple process that results in a formula you can customize to suit your personal tastes.

Method 1 of 2:Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer

1. Gather your ingredients


Gather your ingredients. This sanitizer closely emulates the commercial kind, without all the chemicals and without the bad smell. Hand sanitizer should not replace hand washing ; just use it when you really need it. Here’s what you’ll need:

2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or 190-proof grain alcohol (Do not substitute other concentrations of alcohol.)
1/3 cup pure aloe vera gel (preferably without additives)
8 to 10 drops essential oil, such as lavender, clove, cinnamon, or peppermint
Mixing bowl
Spoon
Funnel
Plastic container

2. Mix the alcohol and aloe vera gel in the bowl
Mix the alcohol and aloe vera gel in the bowl. Pour the ingredients into the bowl and use the spoon to mix them together well. The mixture should be completely smooth.

If you want the solution to be thicker, add another spoonful of aloe vera.
Or thin it out by adding another spoonful of alcohol.

3. Add the essential oil
Add the essential oil. Add it one drop at a time, stirring as you go. After about 8 drops, smell the mixture to see whether you like the scent. If it seems strong enough, stop there. If you like a stronger scent, add a few more drops.
Use whatever scent you enjoy. Lavender, clove, cinnamon, peppermint, cinnamon, lemon, grapefruit and passion fruit all work well.

4. Funnel the mixture into the container
Funnel the mixture into the container. Place the funnel over the mouth of the container and pour the hand sanitizer in. Fill it up, then screw on the lid until you’re ready to use it.

A small squirt bottle works well if you want to carry the sanitizer with you throughout the day.
If you make too much for the bottle, save the leftover sanitizer in a jar with a tightly-fitted lid.

Method 2 of 2:Witch Hazel-Based Hand Cleaning Solution

1. Gather your ingredients


Gather your ingredients. Some people prefer not to use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, since alcohol has a strong smell and can have a severe drying effect on skin. However, witch-hazel based solutions are not effective against viruses and bacteria. If your goal is to protect yourself from the coronavirus then don’t rely on this type of hand sanitizer. Here’s what you’ll need to make a witch hazel-based hand cleaning solution :

1 cup pure aloe vera gel (preferably without additives)
1 1/2 teaspoons witch hazel
30 drops tea tree oil
5 drops essential oil, such as lavender or peppermint
Mixing bowl
Spoon
Funnel
Plastic container

2. Stir together the aloe vera gel, tea tree oil and witch hazel
Stir together the aloe vera gel, tea tree oil and witch hazel. If the mixture seems too thin, add another spoonful of aloe vera to thicken it. If it’s too thick, add another spoonful of witch hazel.

3. Stir in the essential oil
Stir in the essential oil. Since the smell of the tea tree oil is already strong, go easy on the added essential oils. Five or so drops should be enough, but if you want to add more, stir it in one drop at a time.

4. Funnel the mixture into the container
Funnel the mixture into the container. Place the funnel over the mouth of the container and pour the hand cleaning solution in. Fill it up, then screw on the lid until you’re ready to use it.

A small squirt bottle works well if you want to carry the solution with you throughout the day.
If you make too much for the bottle, save the leftover solution in a jar with a tightly-fitted lid.