Homemade Hand Sanitizers: How to Make Yours

Health is wealth; and in this period, health is everything.

Imagine running off to the store, and searching through the shelves only to find that they ran out of the item you really want. You run off to the next store, and the item is also out of stock there. This can be frustrating; terribly so. That’s what’s happening with hand sanitizers today.

Everyone wants to be healthy and clean, and now with the parade of the virus news everywhere, people are frantic about health. It is important that precautions and steps for healthy living are carried out daily, and one of those precautions is the use of hand sanitizers.

One part of the body that makes contact with every other part of the body, things and other people is the hand. Life without the hand would be very weird, don’t you think so? As important as the hand is, it is of a great need that the hand is kept clean at all times. According to the CDC, the best way to stay protected is to wash hands for 20seconds after returning from a public place. As a general rule, you should avoid touching your nose, eyes, or mouth with unwashed hands.

However, you cannot wash your hands all the time. There are places where it is impossible to wash your hands. You can’t go everywhere with a barrel of water and a bar of soap, can you?

Hand sanitizers are convenient. You just throw a bottle in your purse, and you are good to go. All you need to do is bring it out, pour some on your palm and rub it on your hands, and you are good to go.

So, here’s how you can make yours in this time of panic buying and empty shelves.
It is important to know that the ingredients used in the preparation of Sanitizers that helps in the killing germs process. Such ingredients are Isopropyl alcohol (Ethyl alcohol), Aloe-Vera, Essential oil(orange oil), Glycerin. Each of these ingredients has its primary functions. Below are the functions of each ingredient for your sanitizer:

1.) Isopropyl Alcohol – This is a highly effective disinfectant and one of the main ingredients for your sanitizer. Note, this alcohol is flammable and will burn skin when in direct contact with your hand, so use gloves. Bear in mind that there is a measurement for this ingredient. An alcohol percentage of 60% will make your sanitizer effective, but anything less than that is just a waste of alcohol.

2.) Essential oils such as lavender or orange oil are effective against bacteria and serve as antibacterial and also for fragrance.

3.) Aloe-Vera – This nourishes your hands and ensures they don’t dry out.

4.) Glycerin – This helps to thicken the liquid and make the substance stick to your hands.

Now, on to the main course.
Here are five (5) different recipes on how to make your very own homemade hand sanitizer.

Recipe 1
1.) Pour all ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a pouring spout like a glass measuring container and add lemon juice.
2.) Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel.
3.) Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it “hand sanitizer.”

Recipe 2
1.) Clean and disinfect the bottle of container for the mixture.
2.) With a bowl and spoon, mix in 2/3 teaspoon of alcohol and 1/3 teaspoon of aloe vera. Stir the mixture until they blend.
3.) Add droplets of lavender oil to give a good scent and stir.
4.) Put the mixture into your dried bottle and keep out of the reach of children

Recipe 3
1.) Pour the alcohol and aloe vera gel into a bowl and stir. Stop when blended
2.) Add drops of Lemon oil and stir to mask the harsh scent of the alcohol.
3.) Funnel it into your container or bottle and label it.

Recipe 4
1.) Pour the isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel into the bowl. As hand sanitizers need to contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective, you should ideally maintain a 2:1 ratio of isopropyl alcohol to aloe vera gel. For every 2 tablespoons of isopropyl alcohol you add, you should mix 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel.
2.) Add essential oils to the mix if needed. You don’t necessarily need essential oils, but if you like a particular smell, you can add a few drops of oil.
3.) Stir the ingredients together with a spoon and pour them into plastic bottles using a funnel. Your hand sanitizer is ready to go.

Recipe 5
1.) Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl.
2.) Then whisk together thoroughly for about 1 minute, or until all ingredients have been well combined.
3.) Immediately transfer your hand sanitizer to empty containers {old cleaned out hand sanitizer containers, or travel-sized liquid containers}, and you’re done!
4.) Then shake well before each use.

Now, you can make your own hand sanitizers and not get ripped off by the expensive brands or get stranded when you can’t find any to buy. You can buy any of the ingredients at a supermarket, there’s no purchase rush for these. Remember, health is wealth. This is a great chore to keep you and your family occupied in this period of self-isolation. This way, when you have to go out, you don’t have to worry about picking up tiny, evil viruses. Always go out with a bottle of your hand sanitizer.