Anyone else terrified of COVID-19 and need to know how to make hand sanitizer? When it comes to preventing viruses nothing beats washing your hands. However, sometimes soap and water aren’t available. So your next best solution is using alcohol-based hand sanitizers. According to the CDC, it’s wise to use sanitizers with a minimum of 60% alcohol.
If you don’t already have hand sanitizer in your home, you will definitely have a hard time finding it right now. Corona-virus is spreading too fast for retailers to meet the new demand.
How To Make Hand Sanitizer
Potency Is Important
First thing you need isopropyl alcohol. I aim for 99%. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your sanitizer mix must be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective.
To Make Hand Sanitizer You Will Need:
- Isopropyl alcohol 99%
- Vegetable glycerin
- Witch Hazel
- Water (or aloe gel)
- Spray bottle or pump bottle (pump bottle if you decide to use gel)
This recipe is strong, based on the mix recommended by the World Health Organization
Mix 350ml of alcohol with 2 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin and 88ml of water or aloe gel. While aloe gel is sticky, it also has a lot of healing and nourishing properties for the skin. So it is worth considering.
The vegetable glycerin is important because it keeps the alcohol from drying out your hands. Mix in 1 tablespoon of witch hazel, and mix. Decant into your small bottles and remember to ensure your mixture is always ¾ isopropyl alcohol.
Finally, Make Hand Sanitizer Easily!
I feel the need to share a final warning. Please always use soap and water whenever possible, and disinfect your devices regularly. If you are stuck inside and have nothing to do, please grab one (or both) of these colouring books. Both are free for a limited time only while we deal with life in quarantine: