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A hand sanitizer can be your best friend in this age of global pandemics.
As the novel coronavirus outbreak fear spread across the globe, demand for hand sanitizers and face masks has suddenly shot up. You’ll have a hard time finding them at the stores.
In most stores, hand sanitizers are going off the shelves because of panic buying. You need to wait until the stock is replenished.
And the ones available on Amazon are selling as high as $350 a liter bottle during the peak times. This is ridiculous! People are hoarding up like crazy.
But the good news is, that you can make your own hand sanitizer at home. And it is better and cheaper than the ones in the stores.
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You might be thinking, how to make homemade hand sanitizer gel? Where is the formula?
Don’t worry! it is super easy. Here I’m going to share a DIY hand sanitizer spray Recipe. You need to keep in mind the 2:1 ratio of the main ingredients.
According to the CDC, a hand sanitizer must contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective against viruses.
Therefore, In our homemade hand sanitizer spray gel, two-part will be alcohol and one part will be aloe vera. We need to maintain this 2:1 ratio.
We use aloe with alcohol because alcohol makes your skin dry so Aloe Vera keeps your skin moisturized and protects your skin from drying out.
3 Ingredients You Need
- 2/3 cup Isopropyl alcohol 99% (or rubbing alcohol) you could easily get from the pharmacy store or at Amazon.
- 1/3 cup Aloe Vera gel or glycerin.
- 4-5 drops of Essential oils (tea tree oil) for fragrance.
If rubbing alcohol is also off the shelves?
It’s a very challenging time because now even the rubbing alcohol has been flying off the shelves, now what? keep reading till the end I’ll show you another alternative for it.
Other Things You Need
- A funnel
- A mixing bowl
- Empty spray bottle (you can use one of your old hand sanitizer or liquid soap bottle or buy it from Amazon)
Remember the basic rule, is to maintain the ratio of 2:1 of the solution. Here I’m assuming to make one cup of hand sanitizer.
In the mixing bowl, pour isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera in a ratio of 2:1. Mix them well.
Then add 4-5 drops of essential oils. Stair all the ingredients for a few seconds with a spoon.
With the help of the funnel, pour the solution into the spray bottle. Your DIY hand sanitizer spray is ready for use. This video will guide you with more clarity.
Other Essential Oils Options You Can Use
Here I’ve used tea tree oil, you can also use thieves oil, cinnamon, rosemary, eucalyptus, clove, lavender, lemon, thyme, peppermint, on guard essential oils to make DIY hand Sanitizer. A combination of these 4 to 5 essential oils can also be used.
Here is a video on how to use different essential oils to make hand sanitizer.
Can You Make a Hand Sanitizer With Vodka?
You might have heard and seen people using Tito’s vodka to make hand sanitizer as a substitute for alcohol due to shortage.
Please don’t use it, they have been misinformed because as per CDC recommendations alcohol concentration should be 60% but vodka has only 40%. It doesn’t meet the CDC requirement to be effective. In short, it doesn’t sanitize.
How to Make Hand Sanitizer Without Rubbing Alcohol
As I told you earlier it’s difficult times, you can’t even find rubbing alcohol in a drug store. Don’t panic, you can still make your own hand sanitizer with an alternative such as grain alcohol 151 proof spirit from your local store.
The grain alcohol is strong enough to kill bacteria and viruses because it meets the CDC guidelines of 60% alcohol concentration. Here is a video tutorial to make this hand sanitizer using grain alcohol.
DIY Natural Hand Sanitizer With Witch Hazel
You can also make natural hand sanitizer with witch hazel by avoiding alcohol and it works as effectively as alcohol. Here is a video on how to make it.
I hope this post answered all of your questions. Make your own hand sanitizer at home and keep viruses off your hands.
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