With the global spread of SARS-CoV-2, some grocery stores and pharmacies may have limited supplies of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. This means people may try to make hand sanitizer
With the announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), experts around the world recommend frequent hand washing, social distancing, and respiratory hygiene to reduce the virus’ spread.
Hand washing is one of the most effective ways a person can protect themselves and their family from getting sick. However, if soap and water are not immediately available, people can also use hand sanitizers.
Due to a potential shortage of hand sanitizers in stores, some people may try to make it at home. Keep reading to learn more about making homemade hand sanitizers, including risks, safety, and official recommendations.
How to make your own homemade hand sanitizers: List of ingredients
A hand sanitizer consists of a pretty basic formula, and it’s easy to make your own at home if your local pharmacy or retailer is running low. These are the ingredients you’ll need:
- 2/3 cup 99% isopropyl alcohol. You can find isopropyl alcohol at any drugstore or pharmacy if it’s out of stock at Amazon. A 16oz bottle is available for $6, and you’ll be able to make a lot of hand sanitizer with that.
- 1/3 cup 92% aloe vera gel. You need to mix the isopropyl alcohol with something, because on its own it will burn your hands. The ideal solution is aloe vera gel as it acts as a natural moisturizer.
- 8 – 10 drops of essential oils. If you need to add some fragrance to the mix, pick up a pack of essential oils. This isn’t needed, but most pocket hand sanitizers these days have some fragrance, and if you’re used to the smell, it doesn’t cost much to pick up a few essential oils.
- Bowl and spoon to mix it all together.
- A basic funnel to get your hand sanitizer into a bottle.
- Plastic travel bottles for storing the hand sanitizer. Once you get your hand sanitizer ready, you’ll need bottles to carry it in. You can get a set of 25 2oz bottles for $16, and they come with a flip top that makes it easy to squeeze out the hand sanitizer. If you’re making hand sanitizer for home use, you can get a six-pack of 8oz bottles for just $10.
- Nitrile gloves so you don’t burn your hands when making the hand sanitizer.
How to make the most effective homemade hand sanittizers.
Before you start making your own hand sanitizer at home, there is a very important point to note. Isopropyl alcohol is highly flammable and will burn your skin should it come into direct contact with your hands. I recommend using nitrile gloves as a general precaution. Once you’re ready to get started, here’s what you need to do:
- Pour the isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel into the bowl. As hand sanitizers need to contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective, you should ideally maintain a 2:1 ratio of isopropyl alcohol to aloe vera gel. For every 4oz of isopropyl alcohol you add, you should mix 2oz of aloe vera gel.
- Add essential oils to the mix if needed. You don’t necessarily need essential oils, but if you like a particular smell, you can add a few drops of oil.
- Stir the ingredients together with a spoon and pour them into plastic bottles using a funnel. Your hand sanitizer is ready to go.