Hand sanitizers are hard to come by these days so I thought I would formulate an effective homemade hand sanitizer that can not only be sprayed on your hands but also on other surfaces for protection.
You’ve probably heard that it is recommended that you use 70% of rubbing alcohol in your homemade recipe or else it is not 100% effective so I’ve decided to create a recipe reflecting that proportion.
This recipe is going to dry our skin out but I’d rather have dry hands then COVID-19 or any other virus! Plus, I’ve got a recipe for dry hands any way!
What Does the CDC Recommend?
The key to making an effective homemade hand sanitizer is to stick to a 2:1 proportion of alcohol to a water based ingredient. This keeps the alcohol content around 60 percent. This is the minimum amount needed to kill most germs, according to the CDC.
Also, alcohol is the ingredient that is meant to kill germs in this recipe. The essential oils are a bonus. If you do not have Shield Essential Oil Blend or Thieves (Young Living), feel free to use what ever essential oil you have on hand. Lavender would work great as would Tea Tree! If you don’t have any essential oils on hand then omit them but I would highly recommend you add them so that this recipe is at the upmost effectiveness.
I wrote a post a while ago about germ fighting with essential oils. You might find it interesting plus, pick up a few more things you can do to protect yourself and your family.
How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitzer
Top off with either Aloe Vera Gel, Distilled Water or Witch Hazel
This recipe is based on a 1 ounce spray bottle.
If you’d like to use a 2 ounce bottle use 8 tsp (2.7 tbsp.) of alcohol. For a 4 ounce bottle, use 5.5 tablespoons (16 teaspoons). Feel free to double, triple or quadruple this recipe. I have made it over and over but wish I would’ve made a large batch from the beginning. My kids, husband and parents all carry a bottle!
I topped mine off with 1/2 aloe vera gel and 1/2 witch hazel. I didn’t do all aloe vera because I was worried I wouldn’t be able to spray it easily with only aloe. However, I think it would have been fine as long as your aloe isn’t too thick.
How to Use Homemade Hand Sanitizer:
- Spray directly onto hands and allow to dry
- Spray on surfaces like door knobs, cell phones, steering wheels and hard surfaces.
This is an easy way to make homemade hand sanitizer cheaply! I have made several bottles and keep one in my bag and in my car. I like to spray my hands and even sleeves after going to a store. I also spray my steering wheel. This is also great to spray on your cell phone and any other hard surface you suspect might have germs.
Don’t forget that diffusing is a great way to kill airborne pathogens in your home! I have written a post all about how to get the most out of diffusing.