- Bowl and spoon
- Measuring cups or a measuring jug
- 2/3 cup or 165 mL of 95% Glassware Imports cosmetic grade ethanol or rubbing alcohol
- 1/3 cup or 83 mL g of Aloe Vera Gel (Natural or store-bought)
- 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil (or another antibacterial essential oil)
- It’s always best to produce a test sample first.
- Aloe Vera Gel comes in different consistencies and this can change the overall consistency of the hand sanitiser.
- Sometimes our recipe changes to ¾ cup Ethanol & ¼ cup Aloe Vera Gel to achieve less viscosity and to increase the ethanol load to 75% to meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) regulations.
- Pour the alcohol into a medium container with a pouring spout.
Note: Using ethanol or isopropyl alcohol diluted below 91% will result in a more weaker hand sanitizer that doesn’t meet the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention 60% benchmark.
- Measure and add the aloe vera gel to ethanol.
Alcohol can be hard on your skin, so using aloe is a good way to counteract that effect and keep your hands smooth. If you want to keep things natural, you can use aloe vera gel straight from the plant without worrying about it going bad—the alcohol will act as a preservative. However, you will need to keep in mind that natural aloe gel is thicker than its store-bought counterpart and will thus affect the final product differently—it will make your hand sanitizer more sticky, which means you’ll need to rub your hands more times for it to fully absorb.
- Add the essential oil.Tea tree oil is naturally antibacterial, so it makes sense to use it here. But if you’re not a fan of its smell, you can use another type of essential oil, like lavender, lemongrass or eucalyptus.
- Whisk.Fully mix all ingredients, stirring won’t be enough. Get a whisk and beat that hand sanitizer until thoroughly mixed.
- Sanitize your spray bottles and pour in your hand sanitizer.To sanitise your bottles, spray some of your leftover ethanol into your bottles and let them sit until the alcohol has evaporated. Pour in your sanitizer.
- Label your containers.You don’t want any accidents where you or anybody else ingests your newly made hand sanitizer. Take the time to label your bottles. Continue living.
Protect Your Hands
Alcohol/ethanol dries the skin and removes protective oils. Follow up a hand sanitizer (or hand washing) with a good lotion to keep skin in top shape. Damaged skin has tiny cracks that trap bacteria and viruses and make them harder to remove. If you have sensitive skin, try to keep the amount of alcohol in hand sanitizer around 60-70% (as in this recipe) because a higher concentration may cause irritation.
This content and information has been sourced from The Spruce – Make your Home Better
If you want to see a video prior to making check out this YouTube link from Our Oily House https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biuepCKFrHQ