How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer w / Alcohol

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DIY Hand SanitizerHand sanitizers are an absolute must these days so I thought I would formulate an effective homemade hand sanitizer that can not only be sprayed on your hands but also on other surfaces for protection.

I use this multiple times a day. I spray it on my kids hands when they get in the car after school, I spray on my hands after every errand and even use on surfaces in my car. It’s a must have to protect yourself against flu / covid season.

You’ve probably heard that it is recommended that you use 70% of rubbing alcohol in your homemade recipe or else it is not 100% effective so I’ve decided to create a recipe reflecting that proportion.

This recipe is going to dry our skin out but at this point in our Covid journey, I’d rather have dry hands then COVID-19 or any other virus or variant! Plus, I’ve got an easy recipe for dry hands any way!

You might also be interested in my Gardener’s Hand Salve which smells like heaven and does great for cracked hands. I also have a recipe for easy Hand Lotion.

What Does the CDC Recommend?

The key to making an effective homemade hand sanitizer is to stick to a 2: 1 proportion of alcohol to a water based ingredient. This keeps the alcohol content around 60 percent. This is the minimum amount needed to kill most germs, according to the CDC.

Also, alcohol is the ingredient that is meant to kill germs in this recipe. The essential oils are a bonus. If you do not have Germ Fighter Blend, Shield Essential Oil Blend or Thieves (Young Living), feel free to use what ever essential oil you have on hand. Lavender would work great as would Tea Tree! If you don’t have any essential oils on hand then omit them but I would highly recommend you add them so that this recipe is at the upmost effectiveness.

I wrote a post a while ago about germ fighting with essential oils. You might find it interesting plus, pick up a few more things you can do to protect yourself and your family.How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitzer

This recipe is based on a 1 ounce spray bottle. Find 1 ounce glass spray bottles HERE.

Ingredients

  • 4 tsp. 91% Rubbing Alcohol
  • Top off with either Aloe Vera Gel, Distilled Water or Witch Hazel
  • 20 drops Shield, Germ Fighter or Homemade Thieves

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and mix

Notes

If you’d like to use a 2 ounce bottle use 8 tsp (2.7 tbsp.) Of alcohol.

For a 4 ounce bottle, use 5.5 tablespoons (16 teaspoons).

Feel free to double, triple or quadruple this recipe. I have made it over and over but wish I would’ve made a large batch from the beginning. My kids, husband and mother all carry a bottle!

I topped mine off with 1/2 aloe vera gel and 1/2 witch hazel. I didn’t do all aloe vera because I was worried I wouldn’t be able to spray it easily with only aloe. However, I think it would have been fine as long as your aloe isn’t too thick.

If you don’t have witch hazel or Aloe Vera Gel, you can use distilled water and alcohol only if you need to make this recipe immediately.

You’ve probably heard that it is recommended that you use 70% rubbing alcohol in your homemade recipe or else it is not 100% effective so I’ve decided to create a recipe reflecting that proportion.

Also, alcohol is the ingredient that is meant to kill germs in this recipe. The essential oils are a bonus. If you do not have Shield Essential Oil Blend or Thieves (Young Living), feel free to use whatever essential oil you have on hand. Lavender would work great as would Tea Tree! If you don’t have any essential oils on hand then omit them but I would highly recommend you add them so that this recipe is of the utmost effectiveness.

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DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe Notes:

  • If you’d like to use a 2 ounce bottle use 8 tsp (2.7 tbsp.) of alcohol.
  • For a 4 ounce bottleuse 5.5 tablespoons (16 teaspoons).
  • Feel free to double, triple or quadruple this recipe. I have made it over and over but wish I would’ve made a large batch from the beginning. My kids, husband and mother all carry a bottle!
  • I topped mine off with 1/2 aloe vera gel and 1/2 witch hazel. I didn’t do all aloe vera because I was worried I wouldn’t be able to spray it easily with only aloe. However, I think it would have been fine as long as your aloe isn’t too thick.
  • If you don’t have witch hazel or Aloe Vera Gel, you can use distilled water and alcohol only if you need to make this recipe immediately.
  • I recommend sticking with glass spray bottles especially if you are using essential oils.

DIY Hand Sanitizer

How to Use Homemade Hand Sanitizer:

  • Spray directly onto hands and allow to dry
  • Spray on surfaces like door knobs, cell phones, steering wheels and hard surfaces.

This is an easy way to make homemade hand sanitizer cheaply! I have made several bottles and keep one in my bag and in my car. I like to spray my hands and even sleeves after going to a store. I also spray my steering wheel. This is also great to spray on your cell phone and any other hard surface you suspect might have germs.

Don’t forget that diffusing is a great way to kill airborne pathogens in your home! I have written a post all about how to get the most out of diffusing.

xx, Jenny

PS If you’re interested in a homemade hand sanitizer that uses essential oils for germ fighting and not rubbing alcohol, find that hand sanitizer recipe HERE.

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