Homemade Hand Sanitizer

March 22, 2020

Can eye glass cleaner be used as hand sanitizer to kill the Covid19?



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eye glass cleaner is mainly designed to de-streak glasses. They probably have some ammonia content, therefore since a lot of glass cleaner does. So saying, it is probably not good for what you want it for.

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February 29, 2020

This is our official recommended recipe to make your own hand sanitizer at home. This recipe follows WHO guidelines for maximum cleaning power.

A man applying hand sanitizer to his bare hands.

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January 7, 2010

How can I make my own foaming hand sanitizer? I use a Germ X brand I love, but the main ingredient is benzalkonium Chloride,.13 %. There are other ingredients, which may be the foaming properties, cetrimonium chloride, diglycerol, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, fragrance, glycerin, hydrochloric acid, and then some other things that are unpronounceable.

I have tried using a very small amount of dishwashing liquid and castile soap with at least 60% alcohol. No foam. I have added coconut oil, water, and even glycerin to other batches, still no foam. Finally, I added a few squirts more of dishwashing liquid, voila! It foamed beautifully, but what I made was not sanitizer, but soap. It had to be rinsed.


I should note I am simply refilling this Germ X foaming container. I've made foaming hand soaps for years, but alas, these have to be rinsed. I want a no-rinse option to use as sanitizer. Any ideas? I am guessing this product needs a surfactant that doesn't need to be rinsed like soap. I hate to keep paying for a new bottle of Germ X. This foaming stuff is great, it doesn't burn my hands, packs in bags without leaking and is great for my daycare outings. Any suggestions are much appreciated.

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January 7, 20100 found this helpful

The alcohol in hand sanitizer evaporates, that's why no rinsing is needed. Try using alcohol in your mixtures and see what happens. Try adding a bit of glycerin as well.

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January 8, 20100 found this helpful

Yes, as I stated, I used at least 60% alcohol and also glycerin. They don't foam and am wondering what the "secret" ingredient is to make it foam--am not a chemist, but I'm guessing it's a surfactant of sorts.


Thanks for input.

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January 9, 20100 found this helpful

Any recipe I have found calls for alcohol also, they state you can substitute vodka, perhaps it would not be so hard on your hands. Sounds like fun using it anyway. Just had to let you know if you hadn't already! They all do call for a surfactcant as the drying agent so it doesn't have to be washed off for what I can find.

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January 18, 20100 found this helpful

Yes--this works! Thank you! I did however use about a tablespoon or so of rubbing alcohol and just a squirt of soap with the rest filtered water.


I got a foam that quickly disappeared. It left a little white residue (soap?) on my hands which quickly disappeared when evaporated and my hands don't feel sticky.

I did go ahead and add a few drops of glycerin, olive oil and peppermint extract to the bottle. I shook it, and it still foams just fine. Thank you! No more buying expensive refills!

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November 29, 20173 found this helpful

I have a concern about this "recipe" with a small amount of alcohol. To be effective, hand sanitizer needs to be 60% alcohol according to published health studies. This recipe would not completely sanitize. This is not to say that it might not be helpful to clean with as opposed to having nothing at all.

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March 1, 20202 found this helpful

The foam isn't in the product, it's the pump on foaming hand soap that makes the foam

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March 18, 20200 found this helpful

Beware: According to the CDC all hand sanitizers, store bought or home made, must contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective in sanitizing your hands of bacteria and viruses.

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March 18, 20200 found this helpful

The best recipe I know of for hand sanitizer (non-foaming) is 2 parts alcohol to 1 part aloe gel. In other words add 2 cups of alcohol to 1 cup of aloe gel. This will give you a thin mixture that is 66% alcohol and effective (according to the CDC) at sanitizing germs and bacteria. And the aloe gel helps to prevent the alcohol from drying your skin so severely.


Be safe and healthy!

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March 19, 20201 found this helpful

Be sure you are using the 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol or the alcohol content won't be that high. Most stores carry only the 70% alcohol, so the mixture would only be about 48% alcohol.

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March 20, 20200 found this helpful

Do NOT substitute vodka for the alcohol. 100 proof vodka is only 50% alcohol
Once you add other ingredients you would be lucky to have 35 to 40% alcohol. 60% is the minimum..that is 120 proof alcohol in order to kill viruses and bacteria.


You can use 190 proof. I use 197 proof Everv Clear with minimal additions of glycerine, aloe, hydrogen peroxide, vitamin E, distilled water and pure pharmaceutical grade essential oils. Mine is a minium 75%.

99 or 91 percent isopropyl alcohol is a bit rougher on the hands than grain alcohol and the smell is much stronger. Adding the glycerine requires the use of some distilled water as It is soluble in water. Excess will precipitate out in a white plastic like mass at the bottom that can be filtered out.

But no. You cannot sub 80 or 100 proof vodka for the 99 or 91 percent alcohol if you want it to actually sanitize.

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March 21, 20200 found this helpful

That for the well stated clarification. This post was originally published in 2011 so people were not as worried as they are now.

Stay safe and well, everyone.

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March 25, 2005

I am looking for a easy homemade sanitzer I can use at work and home. Especially at work since I work at a desk where multiple people use it on different shifts.

Thanks - Laww


March 25, 20050 found this helpful

Get a bottle of alcohol and use this as a sanitizer. Don't forget your telephone as a lot of germs can gather there. Unscrew the mouthpiece and wipe it out thoroughly. Prevents a lot of colds.

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March 25, 20050 found this helpful

I use a mixture - 1 part rubbing alcohol to 3 parts distilled water.. Put it in a spray bottle. Squirt and wipe everything in site .

It gives stainless steel a real shine.
I also use it to clean windows. My grandmother used to add a teaspoon of ammonia to the mixture when she washed windows, but I dont..

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March 25, 20052 found this helpful

What exactly are you afraid of catching? Our entire environment and skin surface is covered with micro-organisms - the vast majority of which are harmless. It is impossible to sterilise human skin, or surfaces in an open room environment. Carrying your worries to their logical conclusion would mean you would have to sanitise any public areas you frequent like all forms of public transport, restaurant tables, shop counters, etc. The most common source of human infections is other human beings - are you going to 'sanitise' family members before hugging and kissing them? I know I'm getting silly now but there is a massive industry supporting the advertising that encourages us to think it is necessary to 'sanitise' our homes and workplaces, and buy the products to do it. There are times when sanitising something is appropriate - things that have been in the sick room or chopping boards where raw meat is prepared for example. These are areas where there is a demonstrated risk of cross infection - but sitting at an office desk is not one of them. If the desk area is dirty wash it with detergent and water and stop worrying. Detergent and water is used to clean all areas in hospitals, (except where there is a demonstrated cross infection risk such as body fluids). The overuse of antibacterial products is hastening the development of resistant bacteria and is neither effective nor necessary for general cleaning in the home or workplace.



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March 28, 20050 found this helpful

Hi Laww, I can understand your concern, but this may one place 'frugal' isn't as important as your peace of mind, and you should go ahead & splurge on the real storebought stuff. It's true we can't protect ourselves from all germs and we have to pick our battles. Just think of all the bacteria on the handles of shopping carts where everyone has touched, or money which is the dirtiest thing in the world, computer keyboards, the toilet handle or the pen the bank or a cashier hands you to sign something with. All these things are touched by multitudes of people before reaching your hands.
I once watched a video of a well known professional male cleaner who went thru a house cleaning & sanitizing the whole house except for the toilet handle - how many people wash their hands BEFORE flushing??? ha! You'd be very surprised by how many people seldom wash their hands. In absence of any sanitizer just remember don't touch your face & wash your hands often. And be sure to wash your hands BEFORE using the bathroom to keep down bladder & 'female' infections.

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March 7, 20200 found this helpful

Look up what kills viruses. Only alcohol, bleach and lysol hill most viruses.

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March 8, 20200 found this helpful

Here is a recipe from WHO for a homemade hand sanitizer for virus prevention. There are other recipes out there but be sure it is at least 60% alcohol to be effective.

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