3 Ingredient, Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizer



This recipe is not a substitute for cleaning solutions as recommended by the CDC. Please follow the CDC’s protocol on handwashing and disinfecting solutions to protect against COV-19 if absolute sterilization is required....

Washing hands with soap and water is the most effective way to kill germs, but let’s face it, that isn’t realistic on the go. With the scarcity of disinfectants and the need to continually combat germs, there is an urgent need for a solution. DIY sanitizers have gained recent controversial attention due to lack of FDA regulation, but demand outweighs supply. In my research, I discovered a basic formula with common household ingredients.

DIY hand sanitizer is a simple mixture of: isopropyl alcohol, Aloe vera gel and essential oil. Isopropyl alcohol is listed by the EPA as a product that meets criteria for use against SARS_COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The solution must be at least 70% alcohol to meet the standard. Note: rubbing alcohol is a mixture containing 68-72% isopropyl, so it can be substituted. The anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of Aloe vera balances the harshness of alcohol and essential oil adds a pleasant scent. Lavender, Tea Tree , PeppermintLemon or Young Living Thieves are my top choices for both scent and antibacterial properties.

According to the CDC, homemade sanitizers must be at least 60% alcohol to be effective. The optimum percentage of isopropyl alcohol is surprisingly 70% as it contains higher water content needed to permeate the cell wall to kill germs. The formula listed below contains a 3:1 ratio of alcohol to Aloe vera to keep the overall content of the alcohol in the mixture as high as possible but not too harsh.


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