It is essential to sanitize our hands these days. We never know what kind of germs and viruses we come in contact with every day. Hand sanitizer is used for germ-busting and decreasing the infection level on our hands, and it can be gel or liquid-based.
Sanitizers are a substitute for washing hands regularly.
Since its mandate to have and use your sanitizer and buying one can be costly, here is a recipe that so you can sit at home and make your DIY hand sanitizer.
- Rubbing/Isopropyl alcohol (surgical spirit)
- Aloe Vera gel
- Essential oil (optional)
- Bowl or glass
- Empty plastic bottle
Process of making:
- Before preparing the sanitizer, the first thing that we should do is wash our hands.
- Put gloves for better protection.
- Then take a bowl/glass. Wash and dry it properly. Adequately clean the bowl/ cup, mixing spoon or whisk.
- Fill one cup (250 ml or 60 percent) of rubbing alcohol and pour it in the glass/bowl. It is the most important ingredient in sanitizer. Use the right amount/ quantity of alcohol; otherwise, it’ll burn, injure, or irritate your skin. The sanitizer should have at least 60% of alcohol; otherwise, it won’t be effective to kill germs.
- Put three or four tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel to the glass/ bowl. Mix it well. Aloe Vera gives texture to the sanitizer. Since Aloe Vera is a natural moisturizer, adding it to rubbing alcohol helps from burning your hands.
- Make sure to put enough or extra spoons of Aloe Vera gel so that the alcohol does not dry out the skin.
- Put one tablespoon of glycerin to the mixture and stir it well for around 30 seconds.
- Pour 5 to 6 drops of essential oil. Essential oil is just for the smell. It is an optional ingredient. Any oil can be used for this like tea tree oil, clove, and eucalyptus, lavender or lemongrass. The essential oil adds smell and flavor to the sanitizer. If oils are not available, then not adding them to the mixture will also work. Mix it for another 10 to 20 seconds.
- Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and evenly.
- Use a funnel to pour the DIY hand sanitizer in an empty plastic bottle.
- After finishing the mixture, pour some in your palm. Gently rub it and check if there is any irritation or burning sensation to the skin. If it is not, then the sanitizer is ready for use.