The key thing you need to know about how to make hand sanitizer at home is proportions. The CDC says the sanitizer must be made of 60% alcohol for it to be a suitable option for preventing the spread of illness.
Also, hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy, and do not eliminate 100% of germs. But if you can’t find any in your local pharmacy and know better than to submit to ridiculous markups on Amazon, it’s worth making some to have handy throughout your day.
Here’s how to make hand sanitizer at home, plus tips for using it properly.
A biomedical PhD broke down what you’ll need to make hand sanitizer at home. You might have several of these items around already, and if not, they’re likely more available than Purell is at the moment. We've included links to where you can get some of these ingredients online.
- 2/3 cup 99% rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
- 1/3 cup 100% pure aloe vera gel
- Optional: 8-10 drops essential oil for smell
- Bowl and spoon
- Empty liquid soap or hand sanitizer bottle