The world is a scary place right now. I’m sure you have felt the impact in one way or another. If you’re like me, you probably have been unable to find hand sanitizer at your local stores, and most likely you haven’t been able to find it online either. Many people have resorted to looking up homemade alcohol based hand sanitizer recipes. I am one of those people too. I wanted to share my experience with making hand sanitizer with you, and hopefully it will help you.
Homemade Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizer Recipe
What’s the deal with homemade hand sanitizer lately? The answer is twofold. People are worried about the uncertainty that our nation faces in the next few days and the next few months (and maybe years). They are scared about the unknown. The other reason is that stores are sold out of hand sanitizer. SOLD OUT. Even online stores are out of stock on alcohol based hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, cold medicine, and other essential cold and flu products, hence the need for people to make their own antibacterial hand sanitizer. With so many people getting sick, it is a helpless feeling to not have a way to clean and sanitize their hands when they are unable to physically wash their hands.
According to the CDC, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
One thing I was unaware of is that hand sanitizer sometimes is not as effective as it could be as, according to the CDC, “people may not use a large enough volume of the sanitizers or may wipe it off before it has dried”.
When using hand sanitizer:
Use a large amount and don’t wipe it off – it needs to dry!
I found the below homemade alcohol based hand sanitizer recipe on The Verge and I thought I’d share the process with you. It is actually really easy, once you are able to find the ingredients (without being price gouged)! The measurements need to be precise for this to be effective.
How to make your own alcohol based hand sanitizer
~2/3 cup Isopropyl alcohol 91% (rubbing alcohol)
~1/3 cup aloe vera gel
~Few drops of essential oil (optional)
~A small or medium mixing bowl
~Small plastic bottles (2 or 3 oz)
~Labels (see below)
Measure the alcohol and aloe vera gel in the glass bowl and mix together well. Use a small whisk if needed to blend the aloe vera gel. Add a few drops of essential oil if desired. Use a funnel to fill bottles. Label the bottles with masking tape or print your own labels and apply with scotch tape or packing tape. Keep out of reach of young children.
Washing your hands is still best
The CDC recommends that wash your hands often with soap and water. Most people don’t think much about the correct way to wash hands, but there is a method that is the best way to clean your hands.
The most effective way to wash your hands according to W.H.O (World Health Organization):
~Turn on water and apply soap.
~Turn off tap.
~Lather hands by rubbing them together with soap.
~Lather the back of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
~Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds Rinse well under clean running water.
~Dry hands using a clean paper towel or by air drying them.
~Turn off faucet using paper towel.
**Here’s a little hint: To help children know how long 20 seconds is, have them sing the Happy Birthday song 2 times. That equals 20 seconds.
Keep a bottle of homemade hand sanitizer with you at all times, and use it often. And please share this homemade alcohol based hand sanitizer recipe with others who are unable to find it at the store!