If you haven’t already stocked up on hand sanitizer, you are likely too late. People have been panic buying hand sanitizer ever since coronavirus started making headlines. Most stores sold out days ago. Some stores that still have hand sanitizer in stock are selling at 10x the list price.
Not to worry, though. It is cheap and easy to make your own hand sanitizer at home. Any hand sanitizer with a total alcohol content of 60% or above should be effective against bacteria and viruses. That said, if you CAN buy regular hand sanitizer, it is probably best to use this in the first instance as it is made for the purpose and it does what it’s supposed to. Homemade hand sanitizer may not be as effective due to human error etc.
If you are looking for regular soap/hand wash, but it’s also sold out in the shops, check out our dish soap DIY foaming hand wash post. Also, be sure to check out our – how to make homemade germ and virus-killing disinfectant spray and homemade disinfectant wipe posts.
You only require two ingredients to make an effective hand sanitizer – rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel. You can add essential oils for fragrance, but this is unnecessary. Personally, I would stock up on rubbing alcohol (90-99% alcohol) and some aloe vera gel before that too runs out.
Basic DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe
- 2/3 cup Rubbing Alcohol (90-99% alcohol)
- 1/3 cup Aloe Vera Gel
Add both to a bowl and mix and then decant into some small plastic bottles that you can carry with you.
Use liberally and keep rubbing the sanitizer around your hands until it has entirely dried.
The hand sanitizer we buy often has added emollients and moisturisers to counteract the drying effect of the alcohol. This basic recipe does not. With this in mind, I highly recommend using a hand moisturising cream daily when using this DIY hand sanitizer.
Watch the video below for more advice. It also shows how to make this simple hand sanitizer.