Tuesday, March 17, 2020

DIY Hand Sanitizer Reviewed

Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Chances are you can't find hand sanitizer on your local shelves. Let me review how to make your own to use when soap and water aren't available to you. It is much easier than you might think!

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DIY Hand Sanitizer
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We are all in the same boat with the flu & various viruses that terrorize the world. The importance of keeping our hands clean and the surfaces around us goes without saying. When it comes to being able to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer with us on those occasions that we have to go out for supplies is pretty much impossible. The hoarders and the opportunists have cleared the shelves across the nation. Not to worry, you can actually make your own.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 empty hand soap or sanitizer dispenser
  • Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) 99% alcohol volume
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Essential Oil or lemon juice to make it smell nice (optional)
  • Large measuring cup with spout to mix and pour from

Hand Sanitizer Recipe:

3/4 cup isopropyl (rubbing alcohol)
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
10 drops of essential oil or lemon juice

Pour all of the ingredients into a large bowl or a measuring cup with a spout. Mix together with a spoon first and then whisk the solution to form a gel. Pour the mixture into an empty bottle for easy use and transport and then label it with the words "Hand Sanitizer".

That's it, it is that easy. Just a reminder that it is still better to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use the sanitizer when you are out and can't wash your hands. I like to place a dab on a tissue to wipe off the handle of the grocery cart before I place my own hands on it. 

Not sure how long the 20 seconds is? Sing the Birthday song through two times while washing your hands. Remember to pay attention to the tips of your fingers and between your fingers. 

Stay safe, follow the guidelines and we will all get through this together as a nation. 






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6 comments:

  1. A great post, Bev for an idea that you can be sure people need right now.

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  2. Thanks for this excellent and timely reminder! I have the recipe from when my children were in elementary school, but haven't thought of it recently. What I had never heard of, was adding lemon juice for fragrance. I love that idea! Plus, now I don't have to search out that recipe. Thank you

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  3. Very helpful, Bev. I've been working part time at Ace Hardware and we have a section of kitchen/bathroom/laundry supplies. As you might guess, the store is out of everything essential in that section, including hand sanitizers. Not only the store, but the Ace Warehouse is out. So your article and DIY recipe is very timely.

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  4. thanks - mom was telling me how to do this the other day, but adding essential oils didn't come up - that's a good idea.

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  5. Thanks for this recipe. I don't use sanitizers unless I am out. Most of the time I use soap and water, I find it is not so harsh on my skin. But this is great for when I venture out into the great beyond.

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  6. A timely recipe. My friend uses rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. He has done that for years. I need to ask what alcohol to water ratio he uses.

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