Sometimes hand sanitizer can be challenging to find, especially when we hit a worldwide epidemic, and what better way to combat the germs than to make your own?!
Thank goodness there are a few different ingredients you can use to make your hand sanitizer.
These are homemade recipes, and I cannot guarantee how effective they are. I have used some of these with my own family, and I do think they work well, but there are no guarantees.
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DIY Hand Sanitizer Gel
The first recipe I want to share with you is made with 3 ingredients: Witch hazel, tea tree oil, and aloe vera.
*Aloe Vera– This is pure 100% aloe vera gel which is why I like this one 🙂
Squeeze all the aloe vera gel into a bowl for mixing purposes. Once all the gel is in a bowl, add ten drops of tea tree oil or immune strength oil into the gel.
Then add a tablespoon of witch hazel and mix well.
Scoop all your gel into a plastic bag and cut a small hole in the bag to squeeze the gel into the bottle that you want your hand sanitizer to be in.
Hand Sanitizer Gel Version 2
This is a slight variation of the first recipe. We are subbing the witch hazel for rubbing alcohol.
To mix these in your bottle use 2 parts 99% Isopropyl Alcohol to 1 part Aloe Vera Gel. You can use a funnel or a plastic bag to get your mixture into a smaller bottle of your choice.
DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray
For this recipe, you only need 2 ingredients.
To make this hand sanitizer spray, fill your spray bottle with distilled water. For 4 to 6 oz size use 1 to 2 drops of higher quality oil or 6 to 8 of lower quality oil. (You do not have to be exact.) Mix well. Adjust as needed for size.
DIY Hand Sanitizer Wipes
If you prefer to use wipes on your hands instead of a gel or a spray, you can make your very own wipes!
For this recipe, you need just 4 ingredients.
*Dry Wipes – You can purchase special dry wipes or you can cut a roll of paper towel in half with a sharp knife. You can even use baby wipes if you want.
*Hot Water – You’ll need about a half a cup.
* 99% Isopropyl Alcohol – 1.5 Cups
*Aloe Vera Gel – 2 tablespoons
You’ll want to have a glass or plastic container that is large enough to store your choice of wipes in.
The first thing you need to do is place your wipes into your container.
In a separate container, combine your aloe gel, hot water, and alcohol, and mix well.
Then, pour the mixture on top of the wipes in your container. Make sure to saturate all of the paper towel/wipes!
Close your container so you can have moist sanitizer wipes at your disposal.
Ingredient Option Details
Tea Tree Oil: This is one of the most powerful and safe antibacterials available, natural or otherwise, and is sometimes known as Melaleuca oil. I love this oil and always have it on hand. It also helps cure my pimples that pop up the most inconvenient of times, so I do love it and swear by it.
Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe vera has great antioxidant and antibacterial benefits, and it is a natural gel that comes from the Aloe Vera plant. Growing up, my granny always had an Aloe Vera plant growing on her window sill, and now I totally get why.
Distilled Water: Distilled water is stripped of microbes and contaminants, so your mixture will not go bad. You CAN use tap water; however, your hand sanitizer may expire sooner due to the pollutants in tap water.
Containers: Dollar stores, Amazon, and Walmart are great places to purchase small, empty containers.
As is a good idea for anything you’ve not used before, test these items separately on a small patch of skin.