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DIY: MAKE YOUR OWN HAND SANITIZER


Hand sanitizer is one of the many products that have become almost impossible to find during the COVID-19 pandemic, so we thought we'd take a break from all-natural ingredients to show you a quick recipe for making your own hand sanitizer out of products you might have at home, or at least are easier to find.

To be clear, nothing is better for getting rid of germs than washing your hands, but hand sanitizer is a good backup to have on the go.

Before you start, make sure you sanitize your kitchen utensils properly, and after you're done, WHO recommends you let your mix sit for 72 hours to kill any bacteria that might have snuck in.

With that said, here's the recipe for your DIY hand sanitizer:

In the Lab with the Doc

DIY: MAKE YOUR OWN HAND SANITIZER


Hand sanitizer is one of the many products that have become almost impossible to find during the COVID-19 pandemic, so we thought we'd take a break from all-natural ingredients to show you a quick recipe for making your own hand sanitizer out of products that might be easier to find.

To be clear, nothing is better than washing your hands. Hand sanitizer is just a handy backup to make sure.

Before you start, make sure you sanitize your kitchen utensils properly, and after you're done, WHO recommends you let your mix sit for 72 hours to kill any bacteria that might have snuck in.

With that said, here's the recipe for your DIY hand sanitizer:

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1. Aloe Vera Gel

Add 1/8 of a cup of aloe vera gel to your bottle or pump where you're going to store your hand sanitizer (don't forget to sanitize everything first).


  • 1/8 cup Aloe Vera Gel
  • If you can't find it near you, you might still be able to get it here (or here).
  • Use a funnel to make it (a little) easier to get the gel in the bottle.
DIY Hand Sanitizer - Step 1: 1/8 Cup of Aloe Vera Gel
DIY Hand Sanitizer - Step 2: 1/4 Cup of Alcohol

2. Alcohol

Add 1/4 of a cup of alcohol. The higher the %, the better. So 99% is ideal, but if you don't have that, then a minimum of 75% is better than nothing.


  • 1/4 cup Alcohol
  • If you can't find it near you, you might still be able to get it here (or here).
  • The higher the %, the better. Ideally, you would use 99%. We didn't have that on hand, so we used 91%.

3. Essential Oil

Add 10 drops of essential oil to make your mixture smell nicer (and with some oils - like lemon, tea-tree, or eucalyptus - to add a little more germ fighting to the mix)


4. Shake, wait and sanitize!

Shake up your mix and let it sit for 72 hours to kill any bacteria that might have got in.

After 72 hours you have a home-made hand sanitizer you can use to supplement your hand washing and stay safe!


  • Shake up the mixture of 3 ingredients.
  • Wait 72 hours to let any bacteria that snuck in die.
  • Sanitize your hands!

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This time, we take a break from sticking to all-natural ingredients to show you how you can make your own hand-sanitizer from products you might have lying around at home.

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