When disinfecting aloe vera hand sanitizer sell out everywhere, you can just make some yourself with stuff you (maybe) already have at home.
Properly scrubbing your hands is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs and viruses, and to ensure you don’t get sick yourself. But if you don’t have access to soap and clean water, or if you’re out and about and nowhere near a sink, you should carry hand sanitizer to protect your health.
As you’re no doubt aware, bottles of hand sanitizer sell out quickly during public health crises. But don’t worry—making your own aloe vera hand sanitizer is remarkably easy. You just have to be careful you don’t mess it up. Make sure that the tools you use for mixing are properly sanitized; otherwise, you could contaminate the whole thing. Also, the World Health Organization recommends letting your concoction sit for a minimum of 72 hours after you’re done. That way the sanitizer has time to kill any bacteria that might have been introduced during the mixing process.
(Note: To reiterate, nothing beats washing your hands. Hand sanitizer—even the real, professionally made stuff—should always be a last resort.)
We actually have two recipes for you, and links to find the ingredients. The first is one you can make with stuff you likely already have in your cabinets and under the sink, so it’s effective in emergency situations. The second recipe is more complex but easy to make if you have the opportunity to do some shopping and planning ahead of time. Potency Matters.
The Quick (Gel) Recipe
You’re going to need some alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your sanitizer mix must be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective. But it’s better to get way above that. A bottle of 99 percent isopropyl alcohol is the best thing to use. Your regular vodka and whiskey aren’t suitable.
- Mix 3 parts isopropyl alcohol to 1 part Aloe Vera liquid gel.
- Thickening Agents can be used as a secondary, or ‘help’ emulsifiers for Aloe Vera liquid to gel;
- Rice starch
- Clear Xanthan gum
- Opaque Xanthan gum
- Carrageen powder
- Cellulose gum
- Cera bellina
- EmulsiGel Eco
- Konjac Glucomannan powder
- Add a few drops of tea tree oil to give it a pleasant scent and to align your chakras.
The All Natural Hand Sanitizer Recipe
You can make this recipe in less than 5 minutes. Plus it smells amazing & won’t dry out your hands. Can be made into a convenient Pump or Spray.
- 1/2 Cup Aloe Vera Juice (for spray recipe) – Note: This is the All Natural Aloe products from a plant, not the ‘after sun’ stuff you find in the store
- 1/4 Cup Vodka, Witch Hazel or Rubbing Alcohol (the 70% or 90% kind).
- 10–20 drops of Anti-Bacterial Essential Oils: Tea Tree, Clove, Thyme, Cinnamon, Orange, Lavender, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Peppermint, etc..) Mix and Match, but be careful of any phototoxic oils that can burn your skin if exposed to sunshine.
OPTIONAL MOISTURIZING INGREDIENTS:
- 1 Tablespoon (4–6 Squirts) of your favourite All Natural Lotion
- 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Glycerin (helps keeps your hands soft & moisturized)
- Pour all of the ingredients into your Blender to blend all ingredients well.
- Once the mixture is well blended, pour into your desired airtight container.
- Store in a cool location out of direct sunlight.
- To use the Hand Sanitizer, Pump or Spray enough on hands to get them wet and rub vigorously together. Let air dry and repeat if necessary.
- For maximum effectiveness in cases where hands are visibly dirty, wash/rinse first (or use a wet wipe if you have one), then apply the Sanitizer.