How to Make Hand Sanitizer (With Video)

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused shortages of a variety of products and items that many people may have taken for granted.

Some of those products include antibacterial soaps and alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, washing hands with soap and water is the most effective way to reduce the amount of all types of germs that may be found on the hands and is the first line of defense against the coronavirus. But in the event that handwashing is not an option, hand sanitizers with an alcohol content of at least 60 percent are a good alternative.

Running out of hand sanitizer during cold and flu season is a potential nightmare for anyone anxious to keep their hands 99.99 percent free of germs. The good news is that you don’t need to dash to the store the next time you run low. With a few simple ingredients and a few containers to mix them in, you can cobble together your own hand sanitizer from the comfort of your home. No chemistry degree required.

Here’s what you need to make your own hand sanitizer

Rubbing alcohol (91% isopropyl)

Aloe vera gel

Mixing bowl, spoon or whisk

An empty container, such as a three-ounce container from a travel toiletries kit

Essential oil (optional), if you want to add a fragrance to the sanitizer

Directions for making your own hand sanitizer

  1. Add 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol to the mixing bowl.
  2. Add 1/3 cup of aloe vera to the bowl.
  3. Stir until the rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel are well blended.
  4. Next, you can mix in eight to 10 drops of the optional scented essential oil, if you desire.
  5. Pour the hand sanitizer mixture into a small container and label it “hand sanitizer.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. If you want a sanitizer with a higher alcohol percentage, decrease the amount of aloe vera to 1/4 cup.

That’s all it takes to make your own hand sanitizer. As long as the mixture is at least 60 percent alcohol, it will act as an effective germ killer. It might dry out your hands a little more than the regular stuff, so consider following up your hand-sanitizing sessions with some lotion.


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