Homemade hand sanitiser is a necessity instead of a luxury when hand sanitisers become scare commodity. The ongoing fight against the spread of coronavirus has caused supply shortages.
Another good reason to make your own hand sanitiser is the possible allergic reactions ingredients in regular hand sanitisers.
It is very important to state that hand sanitisers however effective is still second to washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
It suggested that hand sanitisers are used when you realistically haven’t any access to soap and water.
How does hand sanitizers work to kill germs
Hand sanitisers contain Alcohol as its main ingredient and it destroys a wide range of bacteria and viruses when the alcohol makes up 60% of the formulation.
In addition to Alcohol, Aloe vera gel and an antibacterial essential oil of choice is mixed together to formulate your homemade hand sanitiser.
How To Make Your Own Hand Sanitiser
- 2/3 cup 99% Isopropyl Alcohol
- 1/3 cup Aloe vera gel
- 8 drops of Tea tree oil
You will also need a measuring cup, spoon, whisk, bottle or container with a pump lid.
- Lay out all the ingredients and materials needed
- Spray your container with some alcohol and let it evaporate.
- Pour 2/3 cup of the alcohol into the measuring cup
- Add the Aloe vera gel
- Add drops of the essential oil
- Pour into the container.
Hand sanitiser recipe approved by WHO
You could also make hand sanitser using a recipe approved by the World Health Organisation.
It is equally as effective against coronavirus. However, it is not as gentle on the skin as it doesn’t contain aloe vera.
- 1 cup of 99% Isopropyl alcohol
- One teaspoon of 98% Glycerin
- 85ml of distilled or boiled water (cooled)
- 1 table spoon 3% Hydrogen peroxide
Materials needed include measuring cup, teaspoon, table spoon, container with pump
- Add the hydrogen peroxide.
- Put in the glycerin and stir until thoroughly incorporated.
- Add 85ml of the distilled water and mix in.
- Pour in container.
Things to consider when making your hand sanitiser
- You may use natural gel from the aloe plant or store bought aloe vera gel. However, using the natural aloe will result in a thicker consistency and will require more effort to ensure full absorption when you rub the sanitiser on your hands.
- Antibacterial essential oils you could use instead of tea tree oil include lemongrass oil, grapefruit oil, eucalyptus oil, orange oil or bergamot oil.
- If you make hand sanitisers with different essential oils or anyone other than yourself, label the bottles.
- Take care not to add too much essential oils some microbial oils may cause irritation to the skin.