Hi! It’s Mk, back again with another easy DIY, hand sanitizer! Don’t jump for joy, it’s just hand sanitizer. Geez…
In all seriousness, there is cause for excitement! Why, you ask? Well, because today I’m going to share a way that you can stop being reliant on the large manufacturers and the stores that, as of recent, are out of stock on hand sanitizers and washes in most cases. That’s right, if you didn’t stockpile or happen to have it on hand pre-pandemic, you just may find it hard to come by.
Check out this All Natural Foaming Hand Soap tutorial!
In fact, I had some trouble procuring the ingredients for this diy. Normally, I have no issue finding these ingredients. It gives me hope that others have joined in the effort and necessity to create their very own hand sanitizers using a few ingredients. In some cases, you may already have these ingredients in your medicine cabinets. If you don’t have everything and can’t find it, try checking with a friend or family member. These items are fairly inexpensive and many people have them hiding somewhere!
Take back control of your family’s health!
Note* It is incredibly important to note that washing your hands vigorously for 20 seconds, including: in between fingers, backs of hands, and under nails is the most effective way to remove germs. Try singing a few lines from your favorite tune to guarantee a thorough wash!
In my search to find the best recipe for hand sanitizer I was left with a decision to go with a natural recipe or one that includes isopropyl alcohol. I, for personal reasons, chose to make an all natural recipe. However, it does not follow the guidelines of top health organizations. I know this may not be everyone’s cup of tea so I have included both versions of this diy with and without the alcohol.
What do top health organizations recommend?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends using 99.8% Isopropyl Alcohol to create a 75% sanitizer blend. The WHO advise that washing hands with plain soap (non antibacterial) and water to remove germs as the most effective way of stop the spread of infectious diseases. As soaps are able to dissolve germs and loosen debris, so they then can be washed from your hands. Hand sanitizer is only recommended as a temporary resolution in the event a wash basin is not available. They advise to not use when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
The CDC recommends a minimum of 60% blend that can be achieved by using 70% Isopropyl Alcohol or higher. They too, also advise against using when hands are visibly dirty or greasy, unless a wash station is not available; and agree that plain soap and water is the most effective way to remove germs from your skins surface.
So is it best to go natural or use alcohol?
That is a personal decision that you alone can make for yourself and your family.
I chose the natural recipe for the benefits of aloe being soothing and antibacterial. Witch Hazel is a natural remedy made from the bark and leaves of a plant called Hamamelis virginiana. It is known to be rich in antioxidants and benefits the skin. Store bought mixtures typically include 14-15% alcohol. The alcohol destroys harmful irritants such as tannins, but can leave your skin dried out. Adding Vitamin E oil helps combat that effect and acts as an emulsifier to combine ingredients. Essential oils that are known for their antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiseptic properties is the secret sauce here.
*Warning* Lemon oil is known for photo toxicity, which can cause blistering, severe sunburn, or lightening of the skin at the point of application. It is recommended to use 12 drops per 10oz dilution.
Let’s get started!
For an All Natural Hand Sanitizer, you will need:
- 1/2 cup of Aloe (pure gel if possible) points if you use your homegrown, it has a much shorter shelf life however.
- 1/4+ cup of Witch Hazel
- 1/4 TSP of Vitamin E oil/ vegetable glycerine
- 8-12 drops E.O.s
- Substitute Defender Blend 12 drops or Tea Tree oil 25-30 drops
- 6 oz Bottle
- Recipe makes 4-5 ounces of sanitizer
Start by combining the aloe Vera gel and witch hazel. Add more witch hazel until you reach the desired consistency. Next, add the Vitamin E oil and your chosen essential oils or blend. Combine all ingredients. I did a combination of Lavender, Rosemary, and Tea Tree for a power combo that smells great. A far cry from the overwhelming smell of normal hand sanitizer. This blend also doesn’t include the long list of questionable chemicals you would find at bath and body stores!
Finish by using a funnel to empty the mixture into the pump bottle. Always try to recycle ♻️! Do you have a bottle of something lying around almost empty? That could be the perfect candidate!
And there you have it! Quick, natural, safe, easy!
Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizer
You will need:
- 2/3 cup of 70% or higher isopropyl alcohol
- 1/3 cup Hydrogen Peroxide or Aloe Vera Gel
- 1/4 TSP of Vitamin E oil/ vegetable glycerine
- 5-10 drops E.O. Or scent
- 8 oz Bottle
- Recipe makes 7-8 ounces of sanitizer
You follow the same directions here. Combine alcohol with hydrogen peroxide. Mix in vitamin e oil or vegetable glycerine and essential oils or your favorite scent. Use a funnel to fill your bottle. This recipe will have a more liquid consistency. Add aloe vera gel to thicken the mixture as desired.
Now you have a very handy tool to add to your hypothetical tool box. Better yet, you have armed yourself with knowledge and know how to become more self reliant. But in the spirit of the chaotic times we are watching unfold, I challenge you when making this recipe to double your recipe and make an extra to hand out. Maybe the nurse still in scrubs at the grocery store, the neighbor down the street who is fearful of resuming his job in the following weeks. Find someone who could use this sanitizer and add ever so slightly more protection for themselves.
Remember we are all in this together. We have but one world and one humanity. Let’s not forget that. ✌️❤️🌎
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