Learn how to make a homemade hand sanitizer spray with witch hazel & a hand sanitizer gel with aloe vera!
Like many of you, we have been consumed with thoughts about Covid-19. In the span of a couple of months, daily life has changed in many ways. With countless items being sold out in stores and online, we are all having to get a bit more creative about the items we use on a daily basis. This process can at times be challenging, but we are here to help.
Examining the products we use and finding sustainable ways to make them is what Grow and Make is all about. Rather than digging through price-gouged products online and searching through empty shelves, we’re encouraging you to get a little crafty!
While the World Health Organization states that nothing replaces washing your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds, when that is unavailable, hand sanitizer is the next best thing.
The basic principles of making your own hand sanitizer is to start with alcohol. It is important to keep the ratio over 60% alcohol, which is why most recipes recommend not going below 70% alcohol in order to stay on the safe side. There are two main types, the liquid kind which is distributed through a mist nozzle, and gel based sanitizer, which is distributed through a pump or lotion bottle top. If you have an empty bottle at home with one of these types of lids already, we suggest making that type. There are also many places you can order these empty bottles online.
How to Make a Spritzer Type Sanitizer
Step 1: Fill your bottle three quarters of the way with alcohol. Fill the remainder with either witch hazel or water.
Step 2: If you have some essential oils on hand, they will not only help mask the strong smell of the alcohol, but also leave an antiviral and antibacterial residue on your hands from the herbal properties of the essential oils. Clove, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Rosemary, and Lemon Essential oils have been known to fight viral infections dating all the way back to the black plague times. In addition to those listed above, Lavender, Oregano, Lemongrass, and Tea tree are also highly recommended and known for their strong antiseptic properties. We suggest using about 12 drops total for a 3 oz mister.
Step 3: Shake vigorously for about 5 minutes to thoroughly incorporate. Shake a few times previous to each use. Mist both hands, and rub thoroughly between both hands including the backs of them. Let air dry for full sanitizing effect.
How to Make a Gel Type Sanitizer
Follow Step 1 from above, but instead of adding Witch Hazel or Water, add aloe vera gel. To be on the very safe side, we recommend ¾ alcohol, and ¼ aloe vera gel, but you can also use a ratio of ⅔ alcohol to ⅓ aloe vera gel and it will still be effective, while being kind+er to your skin. If following this two thirds ratio, we recommend using measuring spoons instead of mixing it in your bottle, to keep this ratio exact.
Add essential oils if desired, following directions in Step 2 from above. You can also add 1-3 drops of almond, jojoba, or vitamin E oil to add moisturizing properties and prevent your hands from getting too dry and cracked from the alcohol and excessive washing.
Follow step 3 from above.
Here is the article that inspired us to make our own sanitizer to begin with!
For full DIY Coronavirus Protection, we recommend checking out our other blog post about DIY Fabric Face Masks.