Since Covid-19 became a world-wide reality, keeping our hands germ-free is a constant part of our day. Hand-washing and use of hand sanitizer drying out your hands? You can easily make your own aloe vera hand sanitizer with only three ingredients.
- Aloe Vera Gel Aloe vera gel is an emollient that keeps your hands moisturized in order for the alcohol not to dry out your skin. Read how to harvest your own aloe gel here.
- Isopropyl or Rubbing Alcohol (99% Alcohol Volume). The 99% alcohol ensures germs and viruses are killed when applied to your hands.
- Tea Tree Oil or Lavender Oil Essential oils such as tea tree and lavender provide fragrance and potential anti-microbial benefits to the sanitizer.
- Mixing bowl
- Liquid Measuring Cup
- Bottle (To place mixture into when done)
Make sure all items used to create the gel are sanitized. Contaminating your mixture will render it ineffective.
- Measure 3/4 cup of 99% Isopropyl Alcohol into your mixing bowl.
- Measure 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel (which has already been liquified in a blender) and combine it with the alcohol in the mixing bowl.
- Whisk the alcohol-aloe mixture for at least a minute, making sure to combine the gel and alcohol thoroughly.
- Add a few drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil to the mixture.
- Use a funnel to pour the sanitizer inside your bottle.
- Label your bottle as hand sanitizer so no one mistakes it as something else.
- Let your bottles rest for 72 hours. Here is the affiliate link to the amber colored glass bottles that I use.
After you are finished creating your aloe vera hand sanitizer, it is important to let the bottles rest. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends you “place the bottles in quarantine for 72 hours before use. This allows time for any spores present in the alcohol or the new/reused bottles to be destroyed.” Once your bottles have rested for 72 hours, you are free to use your new hand sanitizer!