How to make your own hand sanitizer.
Washing your hands with soap is obviously better, as we know but if you have no soap and water, because every other mentalist has stockpiled it, hand sanitizer is the second best thing.
Commercial hand sanitizer can get expensive, and with the shortage of hand sanitizer due to COVID-19, you may have to resort to making your own.
Making your own hand sanitizer is a simple process that results in a formula you can customize to suit your personal tastes. I’m going to share the alcohol recipe but you can also use which hazel as an alternative (with a different recipe and breakdown.)
1.)Gather your ingredients. This sanitizer closely emulates the commercial kind, without all the chemicals and without the bad smell. Hand sanitizer should not replace hand washing; just use it when you really need it. Here's what you'll need:
2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or 190-proof grain alcohol
1/3 cup pure aloe vera gel (preferably without additives)
8 to 10 drops essential oil, such as lavender, clove, cinnamon, or peppermint
Before you make hand sanitizer, clean your work surface thoroughly, and make sure your hands and tools are clean as well.
2.)Mix the alcohol and aloe vera gel in the bowl. Pour the ingredients into the bowl and use the spoon to mix them together well. The mixture should be completely smooth.
If you want the solution to be thicker, add another spoonful of aloe vera.
Or thin it out by adding another spoonful of alcohol.
Always use a 2:1 proportion of alcohol to aloe vera. Alcohol can damage your skin, and the aloe vera will protect it by providing moisture.
3.)Add the essential oil. Add it one drop at a time, stirring as you go. After about 8 drops, smell the mixture to see whether you like the scent. If it seems strong enough, stop there. If you like a stronger scent, add a few more drops.
Lavender, clove, cinnamon and peppermint essential oils have the added benefit of providing additional antiseptic properties to the mixture.
If you don't like these scents, it's fine to use whatever scent you enjoy. Lemon, grapefruit and passion fruit all work well.
Funnel the mixture into the container. Place the funnel over the mouth of the container and pour the hand sanitizer in. Fill it up, then screw on the lid until you're ready to use it.
A small squirt bottle works well if you want to carry the sanitizer with you throughout the day. (If you have to leave home).
If you make too much for the bottle, distribute into several plastic bottles and save the leftover sanitizer in a jar with a tightly-fitted lid. And then your done!
We bought most of our bits to make this off Amazon.co.uk including some ingredients, elements of it we already had at home and the 100% alcohol we bought off ebay.co.uk.
Distribute to your friends and family, (only if safe to do so), store additional bottles in your cupboards. Spread the word to those who need it via the power of social media, and help fight the spread of the virus.
Good luck! 🍀
Lucy and Wes.