Using soap and water is the most effective and common way to wash your hands, but there are times when you simply don’t have access to a sink to wash them. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel is a great portable alternative to this dilemma and it’s incredibly easy to make at home! Not only is making disinfectant gel a great project for kids and adults alike, it will also save money and end up with a great product that will keep you and your family safe from germs. You can even offer your small bottles of disinfectant as gifts!
Note! Hand sanitizer must have at least 65% alcohol to be effective.
Prepare unscented alcohol disinfectant gel
1-Gather your ingredients. The components for making alcohol hand sanitizer gel are common household products, so you may already have them in your home. If not, you can easily get them at any drugstore or grocery store. You will need at least 91% pure isopropyl alcohol and plain aloe vera gel. Nothing more !
- To be comparable to store-bought products in terms of effectiveness, your disinfectant gel should contain at least 65% alcohol . Using 91% isopropyl alcohol will place your final product in this category.
- If you can find 99% isopropyl alcohol, use it instead. This is not required, but it will increase the effectiveness of your end product against germs.
- Aloe vera gel is also available in different degrees of purity. Buy the purest you can find. Simply refer to the label to know its level of purity. This does not affect the effectiveness of the product, but using the purest gel available helps ensure that the final mixture contains as few additives and chemicals as possible.
2-Gather the necessary items. These are very common household items, which makes this operation even easier! You will need a clean bowl, spatula (or spoon), funnel, and a recycled bottle of liquid soap or hand sanitizer. If you don’t have an empty bottle to recycle, you can use any type of container, as long as it has a lid.
3-Mix your ingredients. Measure out 170ml of isopropyl alcohol and 85mg of plain aloe vera gel and pour both into the bowl. Use your spatula (or spoon) to stir vigorously until the ingredients are well combined.
- If you don’t feel like mixing the ingredients by hand in a bowl, you can use your food processor instead
4-Bottle your product. Use the funnel to pour the mixture directly into the bottle of your choice. Put the nozzle, lid or cap back on your bottle. You now have your disinfectant gel and it is immediately ready to use!
- The mixture will keep for 6 months or more. Keep it out of direct sunlight for maximum shelf life.
- Pour the mixture into smaller bottles that can easily fit in a purse, backpack, or briefcase for access at all times. If you buy commercial disinfectants, save the bottles for later reuse, as they do the job perfectly.
- In general, you will easily find new empty bottles of the correct size in the grocery store. Search the section for travel-sized personal hygiene items.
5-Use the disinfectant correctly. There is a good way to use disinfectant to get the most out of the product. Before you begin, make sure your hands are free of visible dirt and dust. The disinfectant is not intended for situations where the hands are covered with real dirt.
- Using a palm-sized amount of disinfectant, vigorously rub your hands together for 20 to 30 seconds, being careful to run under your fingernails, between your fingers, the backs of your hands, and your wrists.
- Let the disinfectant dry completely without wiping your hands and without rinsing them with water.
- Once it has dried completely, there will be nothing more to do.
Add essential oils
1-Know the point of adding essential oils. Essential oils can be added to your disinfectant to scent it.
2-Choose essential oils for aromatherapy. Inhaling the scent of a specific essential oil can trigger your brain to trigger a variety of mental and emotional responses. By mixing them with your hand sanitizer, you will be able to create a therapeutic experience while eliminating harmful germs. You can choose a single oil or mix several to create effects on multiple levels. The world of aromatherapy is far too large to be explored here in detail, however there are specific essential oils that are used more often in hand sanitizers.
- Cinnamon essential oil has fragrant properties that can reduce drowsiness and improve focus.
- Lavender essential oil is a rejuvenating scent that can induce relaxation and a feeling of calm.
- Rosemary essential oil has properties known to stimulate information retention, alertness, and memory.
- Lemon essential oil has an uplifting scent that helps relieve depression and sadness while increasing energy.
- Peppermint essential oil has an invigorating scent that can soothe weakened nerves and improve mental clarity
3-Be careful. Essential oils are very concentrated and can have negative side effects if not used properly. Pregnant women and people with immune deficiencies should not use them without first consulting a doctor. If you are new to the world of essential oils, do a skin test before mixing them with your hand sanitizer and using them topically.
- Never apply an essential oil directly to your skin without first diluting it. Due to their concentration, some can cause irritation.
- When working with essential oils, you should give preference to the highest possible quality products available on the market. When purchasing, look for the terms “pure quality”, “aromatherapy quality”, “certified organic” or “therapeutic quality” on the label.
4-Mix the oils of your choice with your disinfectant. Measure 170 ml of isopropyl alcohol and 85 mg of plain aloe vera gel then pour everything into a bowl. Add 10 drops of the oil or essential oils of your choice. Do not put more than 10 drops! Use your spatula (or spoon) to stir vigorously until all the ingredients are well combined.
Prepare disinfectant gel with grain alcohol
1-Gather your ingredients. Most of the components needed to make hand sanitizer are common household products, and you probably already have most of them in your home. Start with a bottle of 190 proof grain alcohol, that is, 95% alcohol. Since your hand sanitizer must contain at least 65% alcohol to be effective, using a liquor with a high alcohol content will allow you to achieve the necessary concentration. You will also need plain aloe vera gel and any essential oils you want to use.
- Double check (several times if necessary) that the alcohol you are buying is 95% grain alcohol, as most brands sell products that are less than 95% alcohol.
- Remember that you are going to dilute the alcohol with other ingredients, so it won’t stay at 95%!
- Which essential oils you choose will be completely up to you. Lavender, lemon, peppermint, geranium, cinnamon, tea tree, and rosemary are common choices. You can choose more than one if you want, but the total amount of essential oil you use should not exceed 10 drops.
- Aloe vera gel is also available in different degrees of purity. Choose the purest you can find (just check the label for details on purity).
2-Take your utensils. You will need a clean bowl, spatula (or spoon), funnel, and a recycled bottle of liquid soap or hand sanitizer. If you don’t have an empty recyclable bottle on hand, you can use another container of your choice, as long as it has a lid.
3-Mix the ingredients. Measure out 60 ml of grain alcohol and 30 mg of plain aloe vera gel then pour everything together into the bowl. Add 10 drops of the oil or essential oils of your choice then using your spatula (or spoon), stir vigorously until the ingredients are well combined.
- You can adjust the amount of product you use, if you like, but keep a 2 to 1 ratio of grain alcohol to gel to make sure it’s strong enough.
- If you don’t want to mix your ingredients by hand in a bowl, you can use your food processor instead.
4-Bottle your product. Use the funnel to pour the mixture directly into the bottle you have chosen to use. Replace the nozzle, cover or plug. Your product is now finished and you can start using it right away!
- Use the mixture within a month and store it out of direct sunlight.