How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer
BY renee fabian
Have you been able to buy hand sanitizer during the shortage?
If you can’t purchase any, don’t panic.
Here’s how you can easily make your own at home with materials that may not be sold out yet. ➟
“Recipes” for your own hand sanitizer may vary slightly. You need to create a mixture that’s at least 60% alcohol.
• 91% or higher isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or ethanol alcohol • Aloe vera gel or glycerin • Essential oils (optional) • Bowl and spoon • Storage bottle or container • Funnel (optional)
Combine ⅔ cup of 91% or higher alcohol with ⅓ cup of aloe vera gel or glycerin in a bowl and stir until blended. ➟
Optional: Add 5-10 drops of essential oils to reduce the smell of alcohol. ➟
Bottle your mixture. Purchase an empty bottle with a squirt top or recycle a washed-out bottle. ➟
Read full instructions before making your own hand sanitizer. Don't forget ➟
1. Do not add too much essential oil or you will dilute the alcohol content of your sanitizer below the 60% alcohol threshold. ➟
2. If you need to substitute vodka as a last resort, look for vodka that is at least 180 proof. This translates to an alcohol content level of 90% ethanol. ➟
3. Hand sanitizer is not a replacement for correct hand-washing techniques. And to be extra safe, try not to touch your face! ➟
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