Everyday, we come into contact with many people, surfaces, and objects which result in our hands accumulating germs quickly. When a strand of hair or drop of sweat drips on our face, we instinctively try to remove it with our hands and in the process unknowingly transfer germs to our eyes, nose, or mouth.
While it is impossible to keep our hands completely germ free, keeping our hands clean is still the key to be hygienic, avoid falling ill, and prevent spreading of disease.
Instead of going into a frenzy and buying off-the-shelf hand sanitizers, making your own is not only simple and easy, it is also effective in keeping germs at bay. Some of the perks include choosing your own scent and necessary ingredients, and saving money. In the process, you can also recycle small bottles and put one on your desk, others in your bag and car.
We should also note that although hand sanitizers come in handy, they must not replace hands washing because washing your hands regularly is still one of the best practice to prevent spreading of germs. Also, hand sanitizers can be really drying for the hands due to the alcohol content and most commercial hand sanitizers contain other chemical ingredients.
How to make your own hand sanitizer
Making your own hand sanitizer is not only quick and easy, you can customise the scent according to your preference.
What You Will Need:
- 1/3 cup Aloe Vera Gel
- 2/3 cup 99.9% Rubbing Alcohol (Isopropyl Alcohol)
- 10 drops essential oils (Lavender, Peppermint, Lemongrass) (Optional)
- 1 liquid pump bottle or simply use a recycled liquid soap bottle at home
The alcohol content in this hand sanitizer is an active ingredient that needs to comprise at least 60% of the hand sanitizer in order for it to be effective in combatting germs.
Using a 70% Isopropyl Alcohol is not recommended for this recipe as after diluting with 1/3 Aloe Vera Gel, the formulation will not be effective.