Make your own DIY Hand Sanitizer

Health and Wealth

With Oahu under lockdown again, I have had a lot of time on my hands. I have been trying many recipes and DIY projects, and I can’t wait to share them with you all. Today we are going to be learning how to make Hand sanitizer. 

Keep in mind, our first line of defense against viruses like COVID-19 is washing our hands! 

Hand sanitizer is a useful tool that you should have with you when traveling or when you don’t have access to soap and water. :

  1. Wash your hand for 20 seconds. ( Sing happy birthday twice)
  2. Avoid touching face and eyes.
  3. Boost your immune system !!! 
  4. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your bent elbow. DO NOT cough into your hands. Dispose of the tissue and wash (or sanitize) your hands after.
  5. Wear a mask wear a mask wear a ******* mask
  6. Drink lots of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables 

Like my own business Humble Soul LLC, we have many unique tea blends, seamoss, immune-boosting shots. If you have a moment, check us out.

What is Hand Sanitizer?

Hand sanitizer is typically an alcohol-based liquid that contains isopropyl alcohol, ethanol, or n-propanol. 

How does Hand Sanitizer work?

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers work by disrupting the virus or bacteria’s outer coat/cell membrane and killing the microbial cells. According to the CDC, for hand sanitizer to be effective, it must have a concentration of at least 60% alcohol.

The proper way to use hand sanitizer is to:

  1. Apply in the palm (enough to make your hands wet)
  2. Rub all over the surfaces of your hands and wrists until your hands are dry.
  3. Research shows a minimum application of rubbing for 30 seconds is required for effective disinfection. 


Ingredients & Items Needed

  • Isopropyl alcohol (91% or 99%)
    • Found at pharmacies, online, grocery stores
  • Aloe vera gel
    • Found online, grocery, skin care, and beauty stores. Typically located near the sunscreen for treating sunburns.
  • Small squeeze container
    • Found at the dollar store, grocery and beauty stores (check out the travel sections)
    • Spatula
    • Small bowl or a 2-cup measuring glass


Your ratios should be 2:1, alcohol to aloe vera gel.

  1. Measure 2 tablespoons isopropyl alcohol (91% or 99%), add to bowl/measuring cup.
  2. Measure 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel, add to bowl/measuring cup
  3. Mix with a spatula
  4. Pour into the small/travel size plastic squeeze container.

OPTIONAL: add a couple of drops of essential oils known to have anti-microbial properties such as the essential oil of lemon balm, cinnamon, cloves, and tea tree.

Can I use pure alcohol and cut out the aloe?

No. Do not use only alcohol (isopropyl/ethanol) on your skin for sanitizing your hands; they are incredibly drying and will cause your skin to crack. 

I have kids. Should I be applying hand sanitizer all the time?

Children raised in hyper-clean environments are actually less likely to be healthy in the long run. A 2009 study at Northwestern University reported that those raised in environments that stress the usage of sanitizing products are more likely to be healthy as children, but suffer from five to seven times lower levels of the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein as young adults. So, what does that mean? Chill out and let your kids serve up some delicious mud pies!

Are all hand sanitizers the same?

Nope. Definitely not. Hand sanitizers that are composed of 60% or more of ethyl or isopropyl alcohol content are far more effective than those that do not. It’s worth taking note of these percentages when purchasing hand sanitizer, since most sanitizing products that you come across at your local retailer are composed of a measly 40% ethyl or isopropyl alcohol content. Those that contain less than 60% might not affect the amount of germs proliferating on your hands at all.


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