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Easy DIY Hand Sanitizer For Home Use

There is definitely a hand sanitizer shortage! But you and your family can be germ free with this DIY hand sanitizer!

Hand sanitizer if flying off of shelves these days. The need for this useful liquid is extremely high, yet it can be very hard to find. To eliminate the need to hunt down this golden item, try making some of your own DIY hand sanitizer right at home!

DIY Hand sanitizer

Necessary Ingredients

Some ingredients you may need to make your own hand sanitizer at home include: aloe vera gel, glycerin, rubbing alcohol and essential oils. To be effective, the rubbing alcohol should be at least 60%. The aloe vera and glycerin are used to form the lotion like feel of traditional hand sanitizer. You can add any essential oil scents to provide the substance with a pleasing aroma. Also be sure to pick up different sized bottles to put your new concoction in as well. You will be mixing all of these ingredients in a large bowl, too, so you will need one of those. 

The Steps

Mix 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel, 1/8 cup glycerin and several drops of the essential oil of your choice into the large bowl. Using a spoon, blend all of the ingredients together until they are well blended. After you complete this, use a funnel to pour the mixture into the containers your purchased. You can also use a turkey baster to do the same thing, too. 

Mass Produce

You can make your home made hand sanitizer in large quantities as well. This might be a good idea if you are having a difficult time finding commercially produced sanitizer in nearby stores. You can also make several batches and customize the scents to each family members likes/favorite scents. You do this simply by using different essential oil scents. Scents can be as potent as you want by simply adding enough oil until you get your desired potency.

Some common essential oils scents that can be used for this are: lavender, tea tree oil, vanilla, peppermint or citrus. 

DIY hand sanitizer

Things To Keep in Mind

Keep in mind that your homemade sanitizer may not have the exact feel as the store bought brand. Commercially produced sanitizers are tested for quality and consistency on a regular basis and have a very specific formula that they follow. Also, store bought brands are mass produced and generally are the same across the board. Whereas, your homemade sanitizer is more for effectiveness rather than aesthetics. Be sure to check expiration dates on all of the products you are using in your mixture. This will be very important when it comes to the rubbing alcohol, since it is the key ingredient in the sanitizing process within the home made product.

If you intend to gift your DIY hand sanitizer, be sure to ask any friends or family if they have allergies to any of the listed ingredients. Also, remember that even though hand sanitizer is very effective in combating the spread of many viruses, such as Covoid-19, nothing can do this better than proper and frequent hand washing. In no way should your new concoction take the place of this what so ever!

 

About the author

Britt LeBoeuf

Britt has a background in human services and child development. She is currently a stay-at-home mom and freelancer writer, including at her own blog, These Boys of Mine by Britt LeBoeuf. In her free time, Britt enjoys traveling, drinking coffee and watching more TV than the average human being. She hopes that her own tips/tricks for organizing, decorating and making everyday life overall easier will help other moms be happier and less burdened by their daily struggles.

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