Homemade Hand Sanitizer (Yes, it kills the ‘rona.)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…if I had known that making hand sanitizer was this simple, I would’ve started doing it years ago! But, I guess a global pandemic was the kick in the pants I really needed.

Now, if I were a savvy business woman, I wouldn’t be telling you how easy this DIY is. Instead, I’d be making it in bulk and trying to sell you my “All Natural Hand Antiseptic Spray.” But, that’s not me. And actually, I would love it if you started making this yourself because you could help reduce plastic waste!

If I could total up all the plastic I’ve tossed over the years (especially in 2020) from those little bottles of pocket-size hand sanitizer, it would be A LOT of waste! One of my favorite parts about this DIY, though, is that you can keep reusing the bottles! Wahoo!

Not only will you help reduce your waste by following this recipe, but you’re going to save yourself some moolah, too. I’ve calculated out that each 1oz batch of DIY hand sanitizer costs approximately 69 cents…and that’s rounding up!

Not sure about you, but I haven’t seen anything in the store for that cheap!

And of course, another thing I love about this recipe is that it’s safe for your skin. Did you know that the average bottle of Purell has 13 ingredients in it? Yes, 13! But, why?! All we really need is the alcohol to kill the germs…

Most of these are ingredients that I can’t pronounce and that I can only assume are only there to preserve what’s in the bottle, since the first ingredient is water…

Some of the other ingredients include artifical fragrance (bleh! It doesn’t even smell good!) and blue and yellow dyes (double bleh!).

Sure, it kills the germs, but I have to ask…what else is it killing along the way?

Have no fear, my super simple and super safe hand sanitizing recipe is here! Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. An empty spray bottle – you can purchase new glass bottles online, or reuse any old spray bottle you may already have. I prefer 1oz size for on-the-go.
  2. Aloe Vera Gel (optional) – this serves as a moisturizer for your hands, but it can be skipped if you want to keep it even more simple.
  3. Witch Hazel (optional) – witch hazel has natural disinfectant properties, but I like it because it helps cut down on the strong alcohol scent.
  4. Isopropyl Alcohol – AKA rubbing alcohol. You want at least 70% to help kill viruses.
  5. Essential Oils – technically these are also optional, but I recommend it so you don’t go around smelling like alcohol all day. Pick any scent you prefer, or look specifically for an immune-supportive blend. I like Germ Fighter from Plant Therapy.
  6. Labels (optional) – I like putting cute labels on my bottles, but you can keep it as simple as writing on them with a permanent marker. Just make sure you label it somehow so you don’t get it mixed up with your facial toner or contact solution!

How to prepare:
(Please note – this recipe is for a 1oz bottle. Adjust amounts as needed.)

  1. Make sure your bottles are cleaned out and ready to go. If you’re using glass, you can simply run them through the dishwasher to disinfect.
  2. Add 1 tsp of aloe gel and 2 tsp of witch hazel, if desired.
  3. Fill the bottle nearly to the top with the alcohol.
  4. Add in your essential oils. I find that 5-10 drops does the trick, but you can add in more if you like a stronger scent.
  5. Put the cap back on the bottle and shake it up. If you used aloe gel, you will need a little extra umph to get all the ingredients mixed well.
  6. Label away!

There you have it – your very own homemade batch of hand sanitizer! Told you it was easy, didn’t I?

It’s worth noting that I don’t measure out my proportions exactly, instead I eyeball them to keep things super simple. The most important thing is that you have rubbing alcohol in there because that’s what really kills the germs. The rest is mainly for texture and scent, so know that you have the freedom to adjust amounts as you prefer.

Tell me – what scents do you like for your hand sanitizer? Lately I’ve been loving a cinnamon scent to go along with the chilly holiday weather!

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