Hand sanitizer is an all time hygiene essential. With the outbreak of the new coronavirus, the demand for hand sanitizers has skyrocketed. People in some parts of the world even face acute shortages of the disinfectant. Even if you can easily grab one from the market, a DIY hand sanitizer is more economical and super easy to make at home, so, why not save tons?
Why make your own hand sanitizer?
Here are all the reasons to why make your own hand sanitizer instead of buying:
- It’s extremely easy to make.
- You control the quality.
- You can customize it as per your liking.
- And above all, far cheaper than buying.
Potency is vital
The sanitizer needs to be potent enough to work instantly. And the potency is measured by the amount of alcohol content in the mix. Center for Disease control recommends at least 60 percent alcohol for the sanitizer to be effective. But it’s better to keep it higher. Aim for at least 75 percent alcohol. And to achieve this, you need 99 percent isopropyl alcohol as your normal vodka and whisky are too wimpy.
The DIY hand sanitizer recipe
You will need:
- Isopropyl alcohol.
- Glycerol or glycerin (optional but recommended)
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Essential oil (optional)
- Distilled water (also here)
- Spray bottle
How to make?
- Mix 12 fluid ounces of rubbing alcohol with 2 teaspoons of glycerol. Glycerol will keep the alcohol from drying out your hands.
- Now add and mix 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, 3 drops of essential oil, and 3 fluid ounces of distilled water.
- Load the mixture into spray bottles and wait up to 72 hours before. This will ensure any contamination during making is quarantined.
- Enjoy your DIY hand sanitizer!
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