Hand Sanitizer
  • isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent alcohol volume)
  • aloe vera gel
  • an essential oil, such as tea tree oil or lavender oil, or you can use lemon juice instead
  1. Combine:
  2. 2 parts isopropyl alcohol or ethanol (91–99 percent alcohol) with 1 part aloe vera gel and a few drops of essential oil.
  3. When mixing the formula at home:
  4. Make the hand sanitizer in a clean space. Wipe down countertops with a diluted bleach solution beforehand.
  5. Wash your hands thoroughly before making the hand sanitizer.
  6. To mix, use a clean spoon and whisk. Wash these items thoroughly before using them.
  7. Make sure the alcohol used for the hand sanitizer is not diluted.
  8. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly until they’re well blended.
  9. Don’t touch the mixture with your hands until it’s ready for use.
The key to making an effective, germ-busting hand sanitizer is to stick to a 2:1 proportion of alcohol to aloe vera. This keeps the alcohol content around 60 percent. This is the minimum amount needed to kill most germs, according to the CDC. Photo by Anshu A on Unsplash