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How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer Amid Coronavirus Induced Shortage

Have you tried to buy hand sanitizer lately?

With the coronavirus spreading and an outbreak in the U.S. likely, Americans are stocking up on cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer just like they do with milk and bread before a snowstorm. Third-party sellers on Amazon have hiked up their prices to ridiculous levels.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is telling Americans to prepare for the spread of the virus, known as COVID-19. For some, that means stocking up on medications, planning for possible stay-at-home situations and practicing social distancing. But for everyone, it means practicing basic hygiene, like washing your hands.

But you don’t always have access to a sink and running water. In that case, you should use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. Make sure you use a dollop about the size of a quarter and rub it all over the front and back of your hands until they are dry.
If your store shelves are empty and you don’t have a ready supply on hand, fortunately it’s simple to make your own hand sanitizer.

How to make homemade hand sanitizer:

YIELD 4 OUNCES.Arm yourself with this softly-scented natural homemade hand sanitizer.


  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil (where to buy 100% pure lavender EO)

  • 30 drops tea tree essential oil (find 100% pure tea tree EO here)

  • 3 ounces high-proof vodka (we use Everclear), or rubbing alcohol can be substituted

  • 1 ounce pure aloe vera gel (where to buy 100% pure aloe vera gel)

  • ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E oil (helps soften hands!)


1.Add essential oils and Vitamin E oil to a small glass bowl or container and swirl to mix.

2.Add alcohol to the oils and swirl again.

3.Combine this mixture with the aloe vera gel and mix well.

4.Shake gently before each use. (Sanitizer should last several months with the addition of Vitamin E and alcohol to help preserve.)

Transfer hand sanitizer to small, clean squirt bottles. Also, use colored bottles like this so the essential oils in the recipe are not exposed to light. Finally, this recipe is perfect for throwing into a purse or a backpack!

To make a hand sanitizer spray, simply use witch hazel instead of aloe vera gel in this recipe.

How to make homemade hand sanitizer spray :


  • Isopropyl alcohol 99.8%

  • Hydrogen peroxide 3%

  • Glycerol 98%

  • Sterile distilled or boiled cold water


1.Mix 1 ⅔ cups alcohol with 2 teaspoons of glycerol. In case you do not have or cannot find glycerol, proceed with the rest of the recipe and just remember to apply a moisturizer on your hands after using the sanitizer.

2.Mix in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, then another ¼ cup of distilled or boiled and then cooled water.

Pour the solution into spray bottles. You can wet paper towels or cloths and use the solution as a wipe.

Hopefully, these recipes will help you make your own hand sanitizer. Store it at room temperature in a dark place. Use it as needed, especially after a trip in public transport. After applying it, rub it all over your hands until they’re dry.

Try not to touch your face as health officials say viruses, not only COVID-19, could enter your body from your eyes, mouth or nose. Remember – wash your hands with soap and water as often as possible!

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