How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer
Make yours instead of running to the store. Some commercial hand sanitizers contain ingredients as scary as the germs they protect against, so why not make your own hand sanitizer with selected ingredients?
This is an excellent project for children and adults, as the project can be expanded to include a discussion on hygiene and disinfection.
You'll save money, protect against germs, and customize the smell of your hand sanitizer so it doesn't smell like medicine.
The experts recommend washing your hands with soap and water whenever possible because washing your hands reduces the amount of all kinds of germs and chemicals on your hands.
But if soap and water aren't available, using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
How does it work
The active ingredient in this hand sanitizer recipe is alcohol, which must contain at least 60% of the product to be an effective sanitizer.
The recipe calls for 99% isopropyl alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol (grain alcohol, more commonly available at 90% -95%).
Do not use any other alcohol (eg methanol, butanol) as they are toxic. Also, if you use a product that contains a lower percentage of alcohol (for example, 70% alcohol), you will need to increase the amount of alcohol in the recipe or it will not be as effective.
Essential oils in hand sanitizer
In addition to adding fragrance to your hand sanitizer, the essential oil you choose can also help protect you from germs.
For example, thyme and clove oil have antimicrobial properties.2 If you are using antimicrobial oils, use just a drop or two, as these oils tend to be very powerful and can irritate the skin.
Other oils, such as lavender or chamomile, can help soothe the skin. Tea tree oil is antimicrobial. A few drops can be added to the recipe, but it is important to note that many people are sensitive to this oil, even when diluted.
what are you going to need
- Bowl and spoon
- Bottle with pump dispenser
- 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or ethanol
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
- 8 to 10 drops of essential oil, optional
Nothing could be easier! Just mix the ingredients and use the funnel to put them in the bottle. Put the pump back in the bottle and voila.
- Gather your ingredients:
Make sure you have your rubbing alcohol, aloe vera gel, and optional essential oils ready and measured.
- Mix ingredients:
Add all the ingredients to the bowl and mix well with a spoon.
- Pour into your bottle:
Using the funnel, carefully pour your DIY hand sanitizer into the bottle of your choice, tighten the bottle cap securely, and start using.
The main ingredient in a hand sanitizer is alcohol, so you can substitute aloe vera gel. The purpose of aloe gel is to protect your hands from the drying effects of alcohol. It is basically a moisturizer.
That means it helps retain moisture. Other moisturizers that can be used in place of aloe include glycerin or hand lotion.
However, it is still important to keep the alcohol in the final product at least 60%. If you can't find alcohol, your best bet is to wash your hands with soap and water rather than trying a homemade hand sanitizer recipe.
Working with 70% alcohol
Isopropyl alcohol and stored ethanol tend to contain 90-99% alcohol or 70% alcohol. You can sanitize your hands with 70% alcohol, but there is very little to add (maybe a few drops of essential oil or jojoba oil to improve the smell or texture).
Mixing 70% alcohol with other ingredients dilutes the alcohol, making it easy to fall below the 60% alcohol recommended by the CDC.
Protect your hands
Alcohol dries the skin and removes protective oils. Follow a hand sanitizer (or hand wash) with a good lotion to keep the skin in shape.
Damaged skin has tiny cracks that trap bacteria and viruses and make it difficult to remove them.
If you have sensitive skin, try to keep the amount of alcohol in the hand sanitizer around 60-70% (as in this recipe) because a higher concentration can cause irritation.
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