DIY hand sanitizers.
Before we show you how to make hand sanitizer at home, however, it’s crucial to point out that using hand sanitizers is merely a supplement to hand-washing, as no hand sanitizer will clean your hands as well as soap and water. We’d also like to inform you that hand sanitizers contain a lot of alcohol that may dry out your hands, so we recommend moisturizing your hands an hour after every use of hand sanitizers.
You’ll need a few containers and kitchen tools in order to do this recipe, namely:
- A clean bowl
- A funnel
- Something for mixing (e.g. a spatula, spoon)
- A clean, empty hand sanitizer bottle or any other container with a lid.
Recipe 1: Fragrance-Free Hand Sanitizer
If you have sensitive skin and are prone to skin allergies, this fragrance-free two-ingredient recipe is the best for you. Note that we recommend purchasing the highest percentage of isopropyl alcohol, 99% is the best. This is because the hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol to make it as effective at killing germs as possible.
- ⅔ cup isopropyl alcohol
- ⅓ cup plain aloe vera gel
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix thoroughly until smooth and homogenous using a spoon or spatula.
Recipe 2: Get the Benefits of Essential Oils
You can add essential oils to your hand sanitizer to make it smell nicer. Essential oils also have a variety of wellness benefits, some being capable of invigorating you while others may calm and de-stress you, for example. Here are a few examples of aromatherapeutic oils you can use and what they can do:
- Tea Tree Essential Oil has powerful antiseptic and germ-fighting properties.
- Cinnamon Essential Oil makes you more alert, has antiseptic properties and helps relieve headaches.
- Lavender Essential Oil relaxes, soothes the skin, and helps migraines.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil has antibacterial properties and boosts the immune system.
- Peppermint Essential Oil energizes, relieves migraines, a stuffy nose and allergy symptoms.
Keep in mind that it’s best to avoid essential oils if you have sensitive skin. But even if you don’t, never use them directly on the skin without diluting, as they are very concentrated and may cause various adverse skin reactions. Doing a patch test before applying onto your hands is also recommended.
When purchasing essential oils, it’s the safest to use purest products you can find. Search for labels like "pure grade", "therapeutic grade", "certified organic" and "aromatherapy grade" on the bottle – these labels suggest the essential oil is of high quality.
Recipe 3: Using Grain Alcohol
If you don’t have access to isopropyl alcohol, you can also make hand sanitizer using grain alcohol, i.e. liquor. It’s recommended to use 190-proof grain alcohol, which is 95% alcohol, or the highest alcohol content you can find.
- ⅔ cup grain alcohol
- ⅓ cup of plain aloe vera gel
- 10 drops essential oil of choice (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix thoroughly until smooth and homogenous using a spoon or spatula.
Bottling Up and Storing DIY Hand Sanitizer
Put a funnel into the bottle you’re going to use for the hand sanitizer and pour the mixture through the funnel. It’s best to find a bottle that’s tightly sealed and has a dispenser or pump, as with time, the alcohol will evaporate from the sanitizer, rendering it less effective, and this happens faster when the product is in a jar. Store the product out of direct sunlight and try to use it up within 1 month.
How to Use Hand Sanitizer Correctly
Here is the most effective way to use a hand sanitizer:
1. Use about a dime-sized amount.
2. Rub your hands together for 20-30 seconds. Make sure you get the areas between your fingers, the backside of the hands, and under the fingernails.
3. Wait for the sanitizer to dry completely, and try not to wipe or rinse your hands for 15-20 minutes after use.
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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.