September 24, 2020

Coronavirus supplies: How to make hand sanitizer with ingredients you have at home

If stores near you are selling out of hand sanitizer, it’s easy to make it on your own at home. You may already have the basic ingredients, and if not, any drug store and most grocery stores should have them available. We’ve also provided links to purchase online.

Here’s what you need:

  • A small or medium mixing bowl
  • A spoon
  • An empty container, such as a 3-ounce container from a travel toiletries kit
  • A funnel (optional, makes it easier if your container has a small mouth like a bottle)
  • A small piece of masking tape for labeling

Here’s how to make it:

In your mixing bowl, stir the Isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel until blended together.

Stir in 8-10 drops of your preferred scented essential oil (optional).

Your hand sanitizer is now made. Next, pour the mixture into the empty container and seal it. Use the funnel if your container has a small mouth like a bottle. Put a piece of masking tape on the container and write “hand sanitizer” on it.

The CDC recommends using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. This recipe makes a sanitizer with 65% alcohol content.

As always, the best way to keep your hands clean is to wash them regularly. Believe it or not, there is a “correct” way to wash your hands, and chances are you’re not doing it (or doing it too fast). The rule of thumb is to scrub for 20 seconds, or about as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday,” twice.

Want to make sure you’re really doing it right? Watch this video from OregonLive.

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