How To Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer
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How To Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

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In this post, I’m going to quickly show you how to make your own DIY homemade hand sanitizer. All you need are two or three ingredients. I’ve also included a video in the form of a short Instagram post.

First, the dreaded disclaimer. I’m not professional health… anything. Nothing is absolutely 100% effective in protecting us from a coronavirus, more specifically COVID-19. I did, however, follow the directions provided by HealthLine.com, which does make a solution of at least 60% alcohol as recommended by the CDC. Please follow the CDC Guidelines for using hand sanitizer. There, please don’t sue me.

It didn’t take long for millions of people to realize they could no longer find something they all of the sudden needed – Hand sanitizer. Within days, and in some places hours, the shelves emptied of hand sanitizer, disinfectants, cleaners and, as we all know, toilet paper.

Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for aloe vera gel to fly off the shelves as well. Last week our local RiteAid got a new shipment of sunscreen with aloe vera in so I grabbed two bottles. Hopefully, that’s the same thing. They still don’t have hand sanitizer.

Amazon, as they should be, are restricting these life-saving items to hospitals and healthcare professionals (Prioritized for organizations on the frontlines responding to COVID-19).

Prioritized for organizations on the frontlines responding to COVID-19

We were very fortunate. We actually had more hand sanitizer than we expected and have been able to help family members that had none.

If this global pandemic doesn’t create a ton of preppers in the future, there may be no hope for our society.

So, How To Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

All you need are three ingredients:

  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol (99% alcohol)
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Essential oil (Optional)

Step One – Measure The Ingredients

You want two parts isopropyl alcohol to one part aloe vera gel. My bottle of rubbing alcohol was 32 ounces and the aloe vera gel was 16 ounces. That worked perfectly. Then add a few drops of your essential oil for an aroma but mine still smells like rubbing alcohol for a few seconds.

Step One - Measure The Ingredients
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Step Two – Mix the ingredients

Be sure everything (Table, bowl, mixer, container, etc.) is very clean and sanitized, including your hands.

Adding the isopropyl rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel
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Don’t forget your essential oil for aroma. Some ideas are tea tree oil (Melaleuca), lavender oil or peppermint oil.

Don't forget your essential oil
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Mix it thoroughly. I used a mixer but a hand whisk should work just fine.

Mix it thoroughly.
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Step Three – Pour the homemade hand sanitizer into a clean container

I just cleaned the original bottles and re-used them.

Pour  the homemade hand sanitizer into a clean container
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Step Four – Smile And Be Happy

Label the container so everyone knows that it’s homemade hand sanitizer.

Slide 6 - Making Homemade Hand Sanitizer
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Pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Infographic: How To Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

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Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer CDC Guidelines Infographic

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Infographic - Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer CDC Guidelines
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Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer CDC Guidelines Infographic. Created and unaltered from CDC PDF file. Download the PDF version directly from the CDC.

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Brian Hawkins

Father, grandfather, Veteran, animal lover, law-abiding taxpayer, homeowner, trucker, and a United States Citizen. Oh, and I'm also a prepper, survivalist, responsible gun owner, and hiker.

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