How To Make Your Own DIY Hand Sanitizer With Everyday Ingredients

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
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Want to know how to make your own ‘Hand Sanitizer’ on demand, with everyday ingredients? You’re in the right place. Protect your family and friends from COVID19. How can you beat that? Well, you’ll also save a ton of money.

In this simple step by step guide we’ll cover:

  • The simple step by step process
  • All the ingredientes, and where to get them
  • How it compared to shop bought hand Sansitzer
  • And lots more

The good old-fashioned method of washing your hands with soap and water can’t be beaten; but when you don’t have access to soap and water, or you’re out and about, what can you do to protect your health?

Simple – an effortless squeeze of hand sanitizer is all you need to combat the spread of infectious diseases. Urgghhh… unless you have your own stockpile of hand sanitizer, you’re likely to have a hunt on your hands to find some at the moment.

So – in order to kill deadly bacteria and protect yourself from viruses, you’ll need your own instructions on how to make hand sanitizer.

You might be wondering “how to make hand sanitizer at home?” or “how to make DIY hand sanitizer?”

Let me show you how with 3 simple recipes…

Hand Sanitizer1. How To Make Homemade DIY Hand Sanitizer

And the good news? This recipe only requires two fundamental ingredients and just a few simple steps to make your own hand sanitizer.

What is hand sanitizer made of?

  • Rubbing alcohol (must have 91-99% alcohol concentration) - available from your drugstore!
  • Pure aloe vera gel - available from your drugstore!
  • Essential oils (optional) - available from your drugstore!

Note: When making an essential oil hand sanitizer take care, and use oils in small quantities- especially on sensitive skin.

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Funnel (optional)
  • Bottles/containers
  • Gloves

Note: Sterilize all surfaces and equipment to prevent contamination. Wash your hands before you start and don’t use hands to mix; this can cause irritation when in contact with undiluted alcohol.

How to make your hand sanitizer:

  • In a bowl mix 2 parts alcohol to 1 part aloe vera gel.
  • Add a couple of drops of essential oils – and mix thoroughly.
  • Let sit for approximately 3 days if possible.

This will allow for any bacteria introduced in the mixing stage to be killed. (As recommended by the World Health Organisation – WHO).

Where to buy Ingredients:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Pure aloe vera gel 
  • Essential oils  

Bottle up and you’re ready to go!

Hand Sanitizer2 - How To Make DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray?

As recommended by WHO hand sanitizer spray provides a less sticky and stronger alternative to alcohol gels – a better solution to making your own hand sanitizer.

Hand sanitizer ingredients:

  • 12 fl oz rubbing alcohol (91-99% alcohol concentration) available from your drugstore!
  • 2 teaspoons Glycerol or glycerin available from your local store!
  • 1 tablespoon Hydrogen peroxide available from your drugstore!
  • 3 fl oz Boiled water (cooled)

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Funnel (optional)
  • Spray bottles
  • Gloves

Note: Sterilize all surfaces and equipment to prevent contamination. Wash your hands before you start and don’t use hands to mix; this can cause irritation when in contact with undiluted alcohol.

Homemade hand sanitizer spray instructions:

Mix 12 fl oz of alcohol with 2 teaspoons of glycerol. Glycerol is important to prevent the alcohol from drying out your skin, however, if you can’t get hold of any, continue the process but make sure you moisturize your hands after sanitizing.

Then mix in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and 3 fluid ounces of distilled water.

Stir thoroughly.

Where to buy Ingredients:

TopNotch Top Tip:
When you’re making your homemade sanitizer spray – if you’re struggling to find a high concentration of alcohol, use less water – meaning at least a 60% alcohol concentration. Aim for 75% where possible.

Pour your solution into spray bottles and there you have it...your very own DIY hand sanitizer spray.

Hand Sanitizer3 - How To Make Hand Sanitizer At Home Naturally

If you’re DIY savvy or just fancy something to pass your time this recipe might be the one for you.

Ingredients in hand sanitizer

  • A small handful of seaweed
  • 400ml Rubbing alcohol (91-99% alcohol concentration) available from your drugstore!
  • Essential Oils (Optional) available from your drugstore!

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Funnel (optional)
  • Recycled glass jars or bottle
  • Gloves (recommended)
  • Blender

Note: Sterilize all surfaces and equipment to prevent contamination. Wash your hands before you start and don’t use hands to mix; this can cause irritation when in contact with undiluted alcohol.

Hand sanitizer recipe:

Soak 1 part seaweed in 2 parts water. As soon as the leaves unfold, remove any dirt and leave overnight.

You should notice the seaweed expanding and the liquid thickening.

Once ready, pour into a blender and leave to cool in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

Once removed, the liquid should have thickened to a gel-like consistency.

If the solution is still too liquidy – simply heat the solution in a bowl over a pot to allow the water to evaporate and the liquid to thicken.

Leave to cool.

Mix 2 parts alcohol to 1 part seaweed gel which will give you a milky white gel substance.

Stir thoroughly.

Pour into your reusable container, and bravo! have your own hand made hand sanitizer.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much alcohol is in hand sanitizer?
A: To create a good solution and kill microbes, disease-causing agents, and pathogens, the strength of the sanitizer is super-important.

To achieve this, the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states hand sanitizer alcohol content must be at least 60%.

How can you achieve this?

Easy...follow the recipes ensuring at least a 2:1 ratio.

Q: Is hand sanitizer effective?
A: Alcohol hand sanitizers with the correct alcohol strength, like these homemade hand sanitizer recipes above, use a high concentration of alcohol to reduce the number of microbes on your skin. It’s effective in eradicating disease-causing agents such as the novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID19); killing 99.9% of germs in just 60 seconds.

Fantastic eh?

The aloe vera component keeps your skin moisturized, and your essential oils add fragrance and other beneficial properties. Oils such as tea tree, lavender, and peppermint are thought to be antibacterial adding even further benefit to your alcohol-based hand rub.

Q: How can you find these ingredients?
A: With a high demand for cleaning products and alcohol at the moment, you might find it difficult to get these ingredients. Here are some tips on where to find some of these hard-to-come-by ingredients:

  • Rubbing alcohol - check your local drugstore or first aid box
  • Aloe vera gel - call in at your drugstore or health food store
  • Glycerol or glycerin - try a supermarket or drugstore
  • Hydrogen peroxide- hydrogen peroxide has many uses so check your local drug store or supermarket

Q: Are you using hand sanitizer gel correctly?
A: Hand sanitizer is often used as an alternative to washing your hands on the go, but are you using it correctly?…

Here’s some tips to make sure you’re using your hand sanitizer correctly:

Apply to the palm of your hand
Rub your hands together making sure you cover all surfaces, including fingernails. Crinkles, cracks and crevices!
Keep rubbing for 30-60 seconds or until your hands are dry

Q: How long do viruses stay on surfaces?
A: Viruses such as the flu can remain on surfaces for up to 24 hours, with the Coronavirus (COVID19) likely to last even longer.

With this in mind alcohol sprays – such as the one we gave you above – can be used to wipe down surfaces and kill the virus effectively.

Overall...alcohol-based hand sanitizer provides a great alternative to handwashing where you don’t have access to water or soap.

It provides an easy, on-the-go alternative.

So if you’re struggling to find hand sanitizer at your local store and you’re looking for your own homemade option, the recipes in this article are for you!

They require only very basic ingredients with easy-to-follow instructions and are perfect for a bit of lockdown DIY.

I hope I’ve shown you just how easy it is to produce hand sanitizer with a minimum of a 60% alcohol concentration – which will be effective in killing up to 99.9% of bacteria, combating viruses, and helping to protect yours and your families health.

I’ve done the research – now it’s over to you!