Hand sanitizers are hard to come by these days so I thought I would formulate an effective 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!
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.
DIY Hand Sanitzer
4 tsp. Rubbing Alcohol
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).
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.
This is an easy way to make hand sanitizer cheaply! The problem could be finding rubbing alcohol at this time. Hopefully, you have some on hand. 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.