Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is an effective way to wash your hands when you don't have access to soap and water. The following recipe lets you make your own hand sanitizer at home.
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Beyond the coronavirus hand sanitizer is a must have for parents to have in the car or stroller. Frequently washing your hands cuts down on the risk of the flu and food poisoning.

Note that this recipe is based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), converted to U.S. ingredients.

Many online recipes seem to focus more on how the sanitizer smells than on its effectiveness. Authorities are recommending sanitizer with 60% alcohol content. Our recipe here should meet that recommendation.

Total Time: 5 Minutes

Yield: 4 Cups

Source: World Health Organization

Link: WHO Recommended Handrub Formulations

Supplies:

Steps:

  1. Pour the isopropyl alcohol into a clean container. It's easiest to mix the sanitizer directly in the bottle in which you'll store it.
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  3. Add 3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide (H202 3%).
  4. Add 1 - 2 tablespoons of glycerine. Make sure you get all the glycerine out of the spoon since it flows slowly. WHO only recommends one tablespoon but two makes the sanitizer a little easier to rub on.
  5. Gently mix the ingredients together either by stirring or sealing and gently shaking the bottle.
  6. Dispense the sanitizer into smaller individual bottles. This is a great way to refill sanitizer bottles which have run out.
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These supplies cost us about $6 ($2 isopropyl alcohol, $1 hydrogen peroxide, glycerin $3) but the hydrogen peroxide and glycerin can be used for many batches. During an outbreak hand sanitizer refills often sell out.

We are using 70% isopropyl alcohol which is known in the U.S. as rubbing alcohol. If you are using 98% alcohol measure out 3 cups and then add a cup of distilled water to make 4 full cups of sanitizer. If you are using 91% isopropyl alcohol, measure out 3 and 1/3 cups and then add 2/3 cups of water to make 4 full cups of sanitizer.

You can also use drinking alcohol in place of the rubbing alcohol but it is difficult to get a high enough proof. The equivalent of 70% rubbing alcohol would be 140 proof vodka. See the WHO link for additional information.

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March 1, 20202 found this helpful

Many stores are running low on hand sanitizer, I am going to make my own now. Thank you!

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March 1, 20202 found this helpful

Great tip! Thanks, Fletcher!

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March 3, 20201 found this helpful

I am a bit challenged when it comes to making 'home-made' stuff but this looks easy enough! Quick question for you....what do I add in (exact details please!) if I want to make it scented? Thanks!

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March 4, 20201 found this helpful

You could put a couple of drops of an essential oil. Lavender or an orange scent might counteract the alcohol smell. Keep in mind that the oil is just for a nice smell, it won't really help with killing germs.

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Let us know how it turns out. Be sure to wash your hands too, as only hand sanitizer will dry them out and washing is just as effective for killing the virus.

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March 6, 20200 found this helpful

The WHO doesn't recommend adding scent.

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March 7, 20201 found this helpful

It looks like they don't recommend it because of allergy concerns. If you and your family are regularly using this essential oil, it shouldn't cause any concern. But it probably would be best to omit it.

Another worry that I just read about is purchasing "alcohol free" sanitizer. This is not recommended and may give you a sense of false safety. Of course, washing your hands is the best way to protect you and your family from infection.

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March 5, 20201 found this helpful

Thank you for the useful info.

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March 6, 20200 found this helpful

Unable to find any isopropyl alcohol anywhere around Vancouver, Wa. USA. People have bought it all up. 3/4/2020.

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March 7, 20200 found this helpful

Ask your local stores when they restock. I was able to get some at Walgreens on 3/3/20 but the cashier was surprised that they had any. You could also try ordering it directly on Amazon. I have heard of people doing that for toilet paper

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Good luck!

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March 9, 20201 found this helpful

VIRUSES can be encapsulated by soap and water. Including those being shared currently.


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For killing influenza and corona viruses, hand-washing is best but you can make your own hand sanitizer using rubbing alcohol (isopropanol) and aloe vera gel! (You need at least 60% alcohol for an effective sanitizer.)
If using 91% isopropanol, mix 3/4 cup alcohol and 1/4 cup aloe gel. If using 99% isopropanol, mix 2/3 cup alcohol and 1/3 cup aloe gel.
You can find more details in the news segment below. Keep out of the reach of children, as you would any hand sanitizer!
This shows taking your own aloe plant leaves and creating it all or buying the aloe gel at a local market.

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March 9, 20200 found this helpful

That is another good recipe to use. Both follow the CDC recommendations and should effectively kill viruses. As you say, soap and water is the most effective way to protect you and your family. Sanitizer should be used when washing is not possible.

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March 9, 20200 found this helpful

Thanks for this! I will endeavor to do so. Now, the stores are out of rubbing alcohol. Even hand soap and cleaning wipes are sold out or running very low. Fortunately, I do have the other ingredients on hand.

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March 9, 20200 found this helpful

My brother was saying that he saw a lot of cleaning supplies at Lowes. Might be worth a try. Another tip I saw is to ask grocery stores when they get their deliveries but no one seems to be getting hand sanitizer at all.

Good luck and stay healthy. :)

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March 23, 20200 found this helpful

Do you think I could use aloe Vera in place of the glycerin?

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March 31, 20200 found this helpful

Can I use baby oil in place of glycerin

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April 8, 20200 found this helpful

Can the glycerin be replaced with alovera??
I have alovera on hand but no glycerin and cant get out to go get any

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April 12, 20200 found this helpful

Thks for the recipe n the coast.

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