How To Make Hand Sanitizer At Home

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The following recipe is a strong hand sanitizer with over 60 percent alcohol content which is recommended on the centers for disease control website to prevent the spread of germs and tackle a virus.
homemade hand sanitizer

It’s been pretty darn difficult to ignore the news about the global virus recently. So I thought you might like to learn how to make hand sanitizer, especially as you might see panic buying of it in the stores soon.

Update: The previous version of this recipe showed a lighter everyday version, where you could use 1/2 vodka and 1/2 aloe vera gel, this does work to a degree, but does not meet the current standard 60% alcohol, as vodka is usually only around 40% proof.

Keep yourself and your family safe

And while a huge majority of us will recover from a virus and be totally fine, it’s still important to try and keep yourself and your family safe, especially for those people who will suffer more serious symptoms or complications.  

It’s important to take all precautions against it. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. While you may still be able to purchase some at your local drug store, it’s getting more and more difficult to do so. 

how to make hand sanitizer

Panic Buying Hand Sanitizer

Panic buying seems to be inevitable in times like this, be it toilet paper or sanitizing gel. So, I thought to myself, is there an easy, cost-effective way to make DIY hand sanitizer? The answer is a resounding yes, and I’ll show you the easiest way to do it at home. 

But first, let me just say that washing your hands properly with soap is absolutely the best way to keep yourself virus-free. Interestingly, I made some homemade liquid soap last week that will work well with that!

Sanitizing gel is something you should use when you can’t wash your hands or you’re on the go. If you can’t wash your hands for whatever reason, this is the next best thing. 

So let’s take a look at the two key ingredients you’ll need, and some extras you can use to add some personal flair to your own sanitizing gel. 

homemade hand sanitizer

How To Make Hand Sanitizer

The following recipe is a strong hand sanitizer with over 60 percent alcohol content which is recommended on the centers for disease control website to prevent the spread of germs and tackle a virus.
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Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
Yield (adjustable): 1 Cup
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Weigh out the alcohol into a clean mixing beaker/container.
    Weigh out the vodka into a clean mixing beaker/container
  • Weigh the aloe vera into the beaker/container.
    Weigh the aloe vera
  • Mix the ingredients until well combined.
    Mix the ingredients until well combined
  • You can at this point pour it into the bottle and use it as it is or you can add essential oils or color.
    making hand sanitizer
  • Coloring: Please use this sparingly as the gel seems to accelerate the color. I only needed one small drop to color this batch. 
    I only needed one small drop to color this batch. 

Notes

Update: The previous version of this recipe showed a lighter everyday version, where you could use 1/2 vodka and 1/2 aloe vera gel, this does work to a degree, but does not quite meet the current standard as vodka is usually only around 40% proof.
Essential oils: 
If you do decide to add essential oils, they can often make the gel cloudy so visually it’s not as nice. If you happen to have some Polysorbate 20 adding a small amount can help to make it clear again.
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So there we have it, an amazing homemade hand sanitizer gel that you can keep making even when the stores sell out. 

Why You Should Not Panic

But I just wanted to take some time to tell you all that you shouldn’t panic. The human race has faced troubles like this in the past, and yet we’re still here. If you want the full facts you can read all of the qualified advice about the recent virus on the CDC website.

While it may seem terrifying, try not to let it get to your head. I know this is difficult not to do with a rolling news cycle constantly talking about it. 

Just be mindful. Wash your hands, use your DIY sanitizing gel and don’t touch your face when you’re out and about. 

It’s important to note that while it’s especially important to follow these precautions at the moment, they can and should help you at all times. These little tips can help you to stay healthy today, tomorrow and in a year’s time. Even once we’ve beaten the coronavirus, nobody wants to be stuck at home with a cold or seasonal flu! 

That’s all I have time for today. We’ll be back to our usual programming of lovely soaps, gorgeous creams and other beauty and body products next week. 

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SavvyHomemade is a true passion for me and my family, its where we've been busy sharing inspirational DIY craft ideas since 2008! With over 30 years of handcrafting and creative experience, the dream is that this information will make life a little easier for others whilst also doing a little towards protecting our planet. More About Angela Wills »

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