With the spread of the Corona COVID-19 virus, frenzied shoppers are stocking up on hand sanitizers and emptying store shelves.
But not to worry, if you weren’t able to snatch a bottle of hand sanitizer in time, you can make your own! The best part, it's very simple. You can find the basic ingredients in many drug and grocery stores.
- 2/3 cup Isopropyl alcohol 99% (rubbing alcohol)
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- A medium sized mixing bowl
- A large spoon
- An empty dispenser (like a hotel shampoo bottle)
- A sharpie for labeling (Hand Sanitizer)
1) In your mixing bowl, stir the Isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel together until well blended.
2) Mix in 8-10 drops of your essential oil (Optional).
3) Pour your mixture into the empty dispenser. Write “hand sanitizer” on the bottle. And you're done!
The Aloe Vera Gel is there in order to stabilize the formula and protect your hands.
To be effective, hand sanitizers need to have an overall strength of at least 60 percent isopropyl alcohol according to the CDC. This recipe makes a sanitizer that slightly exceeds that alcohol content at 62%. Therefore, make sure to follow the proportions exactly. If you want a sanitizer with a higher alcohol percentage, decrease the amount of aloe vera gel.
Of course, this formula is not FDA approved to treat, prevent or cure anything, rather it is meant to be better than nothing alternative when in a pinch. More advanced formulations also contain Hydrogen Peroxide and Glycerol, both of which have their own antiseptic properties. If you would like to learn more on how to make an advanced formula, please visit the CDC website.