DIY Hand Sanitizer

At the advice of healthcare experts in response to the Coronavirus, we all know we should be washing our hands constantly with soap and water. And when hand washing is not an option, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is recommended. Unfortunately, effective hand sanitizer has been out of stock nationwide. But like many products, it’s possible to make your own. It’s not only healthier, but you can also reduce packaging when you buy ingredients in large containers or by refilling your own. It’s easy to follow the steps below and make your own DIY hand sanitizer with just a few ingredients, courtesy of Real Simple.

  • 2/3 c. 99% rubbing/isopropyl alcohol
  • 1/3 c. aloe vera gel
  • essential oils (optional)

Thoroughly mix the alcohol and aloe together (make sure your mixture contains at least 60% alcohol), add an optional drop or two of essential oils, add to your own pump bottle, and you’re ready to making your own satitizing wipes

  • Cut up an old (clean) cotton t-shirt into squares.
  • Soak squares in alcohol-based, homemade hand sanitizer.
  • Store your soaked wipes in an airtight container. A stainless steel lunchbox is ideal. Make sure your wipes are very wet. If they are slightly dry, add more sanitizer.

Recipe and concept from our friends at Ukonserve