DIY: How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer


When it comes to preventing the cold or flu, nothing beats good old hand washing with soap and warm water. Unfortunately, you cannot always be near a sink and soap. Enter hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer is a great option to carry with you when you are constantly on the go. Plus, it’s compact and small, so it can easily fit into a bag, purse or even a pocket, and can accompany you wherever you go. No matter where your busy schedule takes you, hand sanitizer can come along. 

This year, instead of running to the store and stocking up on hand sanitizer, consider making this homemade version instead.


Why You Should Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

There are so many advantages to making your own hand sanitizer. Generally, it’s less expensive than store bought options and you get to decide which ingredients you include in it. Some hand sanitizers include fragrances that can aggravate allergies, cause irritations and even start skin sensitivities. 

Consider creating a gentler option that has just as much sanitizing power by creating your own DIY hand sanitizer. Here’s how to make your own hand sanitizer at home.

 

How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

It’s as simple as three supplies and four ingredients.

Supplies:

  • Funnel
  • Mini Travel Size Bottles
  • Mixing Bowl

 

Ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera Gel – 1 cup
  • Moringa oil – 1 pump
  • Essential Oils – Optional
  • Rubbing Alcohol – ⅔ cup
    • Look for labels with at least 60% rubbing alcohol or more

 

Directions:


1.) Add (1) cup of aloe vera gel to a medium sized mixing bowl then add (⅔) cup of the rubbing alcohol to the bowl.

2.) Stir the aloe vera gel and rubbing alcohol together until the mixture is well combined. Then add the moringa oil. If the mixture seems like it contains too much liquid, add (1-2) spoonfuls of aloe vera gel.

3.) If you prefer to give your homemade sanitizer a nice  scent, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and gently stir. Remember, a little bit goes a long way so (2-3) small drops is plenty. 

4.) Fill the funnel with the homemade hand sanitizer, then fill your mini travel size bottles. That’s it!

 

Why Essential Oils?

Essential oils are basically plant extracts. Many of them exhibit special properties, such as the following:

  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Anti-infective, deodorant
  • Lavender Essential Oil: Antifungal, antiseptic, anti-infective
  • Lemon Essential Oil: Antifungal, anti-infective, antiseptic, antiviral
  • Peppermint Essential Oil: Antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral
  • Tea Tree Oil: Antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral

 

Why Moringa Oil?

Moringa oil

Moringa oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and is also a great moisturizer for skin. Ever noticed how hand sanitizer zaps the moisture from your hands? Moringa oil helps reduce the dryness that comes from sanitized hands.

And remember, nothing replaces hand washing. It’s the gold standard when it comes to minimizing your risk for attracting germs; however, hand sanitizer is a good replacement when hand washing isn’t an option. 

Use this homemade hand sanitizer recipe as you go about your day, and share it with family, friends, co-workers, and even random strangers. You never know. That person sitting next to you on the public transportation system may appreciate a drop or two!


Bonus: Homemade sanitizer makes an excellent addition to any gift. Everyone appreciates clean hands, so spread the love and create your very own homemade hand sanitizers—and share with all of the loved ones in your life.

 

Do you have any pro tips on DIY hand sanitizer? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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