Proper handwashing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs and viruses! In the rare instances, you don’t have access to soap and water, and you are out and about and nowhere near a sink, you can use hand sanitizer. Learn how to make your own homemade hand sanitizer?
DIY Hand Sanitizer Supplies
Here is what you will need to whip up your very own hand cleaner. (affiliate links included)
- Aloe Vera
- Essential Oil (I used Tea Tree Oil)
- 91% Isopropyl Alcohol
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring Spoons
- Container for the hand sanitizer
- Free printable Hand Sanitizer Labels
- 1 3/4 inch circle punch
How do you make hand sanitizer?
Yes, it is easier than you think to make homemade hand sanitizer. If you don’t like store bought hand sanitizer or can’t find it you can make your own.
Hand Sanitizer Recipe
So it is all about the ratio, 3 parts 91% isopropyl alcohol and 1 part aloe vera gel. You may add in a few drops of essential oils too. A couple of drops is plenty for a small bottle.
Measure out the ingredients and whisk them up and fill your container.
Another easy way is to fill your container 3/4 full of the 91% isopropyl alcohol and the rest of the bottle with the aloe then a few drops of oil.
Free Printable Hand Sanitizer Labels
It is important to keep homemade products labeled!
I have included round and square labels so they work for a variety of bottle shapes and sizes. Download the file, print on a solid sheet of sticker paper. To keep the ink from smearing from freshly sanitized hands I covered the label with clear packing tape. I then used a 1 3/4 inch circle punch to cut out the round labels. It is easy enough to cut the square labels with scissors.
Can I use vodka to make hand sanitizer?
No, you can’t you vodka or other grain alcohol to make hand sanitizer. The strength of alcohol matters. The Centers for Disease Control recommends your sanitizer must be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective. Using at least 91% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) is best. Sorry, regular vodka and whiskey won’t cut it. Witch hazel will not work either
Using hand sanitizer is recommended when you cannot wash your hands. Wash your hands as soon as possible after using hand sanitizer to ensure they are clean.