How to Make Hand Sanitizer
Everyone knows the importance of washing their hands. It would be best to wash after touching an animal, cleaning up, working outside, or even touching your own skin. Washing your hands is essential to staying healthy, and keeping those around you healthy, too. But, unfortunately, these days, many people – And doctors – Feel that simply washing your hands isn’t always enough. So, hand sanitizer might be a great idea to look into.
For example, what if you’re out and about, far from soap and plumbing? While you might not be able to get as clean as you may like, you can at least sanitize your hands. Bottles of hand sanitizer were a hot commodity during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. So what should you do if you cannot get ahold of any?
You should probably use the hand sanitizer you made yourself! But, would you believe that hand sanitizer is easy to make? In this article, we’ll teach you how.
Spray or Gel?
There are a couple of ways to apply hand sanitizer. Most people are familiar with the little squeeze bottles of gel. However, in recent days many people are starting to prefer the spray bottle method. This is because alcohol, which sanitizes the skin, also dries it out. Aloe, which moisturizes the skin and protects it from alcohol, is sticky. There is also the matter of potency to consider.
As long as your mixture is at least 60 percent isopropyl alcohol, it’s good for sanitizing your hands. You may choose one over the other depending on your needs and preferences.
How to Make Hand Sanitizer Gel
This is a straightforward process, and only needs a few things. Before you mix, be sure to sanitize your hands and the container. Be sure not to touch potentially contaminated surfaces as you mix. Here’s what you need:
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Aloe vera gel
- Essential oil of your choice (for scent)
If you’re not a fan of essential oils, you need the alcohol and aloe vera gel. Mix the alcohol and gel in a 3:1 ratio, so if you’re making a cup of gel, use a three-quarters cup of alcohol and one-quarter cup of gel. However, the gel does have the usual aloe vera downside of leaving your hands sticky.
How to Make Hand Sanitizer Spray
For this, you need a small spray bottle, like the kind used for perfumes or body sprays. Don’t use perfume or body spray, though, as those reused bottles are likely to be contaminated. You need:
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Distilled Water
- Hydrogen peroxide
Start by mixing 12 fluid ounces of alcohol with two teaspoons of glycerol. The glycerol is strictly speaking optional, but it keeps your hands from drying out. If you omit it, remember to moisturize after using the spray. Next, add a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, and three fluid ounces of distilled water. If you don’t have distilled water, you can boil and then cool water, but this isn’t as sanitary.
This is a mixture of four parts alcohol to one part water. Pour the mixture into spray bottles, and spray a paper towel to sanitize your hands. You can apply it directly to the skin, but paper towels are also helpful. If you’d like more great articles like this, check out our website at Chosen Sani-Fresh.