Having a ton of aloe vera on hand tends to be a good thing when you want to make your own homemade hand sanitizer. Fortunately, my 2 large aloes have made almost 10 pups in the last year. Aloe vera has many benefits.
There are many articles going around about “Don’t make your own homemade hand sanitizer, it’s dangerous.” I heard a lady on the radio actually saying “Don’t mess with DANGEROUS CHEMICALS!” Really? It’s not rocket science folks. As an example, water can be a dangerous chemical and so can oxygen. We deal with those every day.
In all seriousness, mixing chemicals can be very dangerous, so do your due diligence and know what not to mix!
The CDC has made some clear suggestions about hand sanitizer, that I’m outlining below. My homemade hand sanitizer might not work since its efficacy hasn’t been proven in a lab. So you’ll have to do some research on your own to figure out if you really want to make hand sanitizer, or if you want to find another route.
Let’s be serious here for a minute. The store shelves might be empty but I’m still seeing plenty of hand sanitizer on Amazon! Here’s a couple of links, if you want to skip making your own…skip the controversy, and get this crap straight from the horse’s mouth from a company “who can safely handle dangerous chemicals!” Believe me, there’s no shame in your game if you want to buy it on Amazon. Protect your family!
Sanitizer vs. Hand Washing
Many doctors and the CDC still believe that nothing can compare to a good ole’ hand washing.
Hand sanitizers may help you cut down on the bacteria. However, it can’t take the place of washing hands with soap and water.
Using hand sanitizer, in my opinion, should only be used when soap and water are not available, but not when hands are visibly dirty…
The CDC says that hand sanitizers have not been effective when using on greasy or soiled hands. It also won’t help remove pesticides or other harmful chemicals.
Additionally, they also say that sanitizers made with an alcohol concentration between 60-95% are better at destroying germs than one with a lower concentration or non-alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizers without alcohol might not work as well for a number of germs. For instance, it only reduces the growth of germs and doesn’t kill them outright.
Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipes
Note: Some people have bad reactions to using aloe vera externally or internally. If you’re allergic to aloe vera, don’t use this recipe! These hand sanitizer recipes have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any diseases or disorders. Swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning according to the CDC.
Disclaimer: This homemade hand sanitizer is not a sufficient substitute for proper handwashing. The ingredients in these recipes have natural antiviral properties. However, the recipe has NOT been tested in a lab for efficiency for fighting bacteria or viruses.
Check with your physician before using any home remedy on you or your family.
Simple Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe
This recipe is a little more gentile. Safe enough for kids to use. However, don’t let them consume it.
I wouldn’t use this recipe to help fight the current virus going around in 2020. The recipe below this one is alcohol-based as it should be more effective.
- Add both ingredients to a reusable plastic bottle.
- Secure lid.
- Shake vigorously to mix ingredients.
- Use when needed.
Powerful Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe
This recipe is much stronger than the one above. This recipe is not suggested for use on children. Take care when using essential oils and dilute them properly before applying to skin. Some people may be allergic to the essential oils or the aloe vera gel. It never hurts to consult one’s doctor before using homemade care products.
- 3/4 cup or (2 parts) isopropyl alcohol (60% or higher)
- 1/4 cup or (1 part) aloe vera gel (this helps to cut down on the harshness of the alcohol effects on skin)
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- 5 drops (total) of any of the following essential oils cinnamon, clove, thyme, oregano, and rosemary
- 2 drops of lemon essential oil *optional (for scent)
- 1 Tsp Vitamin E Oil – *optional (for moisturizing effect)
- Place the ingredients into a bowl, and whisk vigorously until gel-like consistency forms.
- Add all ingredients into your reusable plastic bottle.
- Secure lid.
- Shake bottle vigorously to mix ingredients.
- Use as needed.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned people against making homemade hand sanitizer, since some ingredients are not effective, or at worst, downright harmful.
However, the WHO has created a PDF with thorough instructions on forming your own reliable, efficient hand sanitizer. However, this recipe is a little complex and comes with its own set of giant warnings!
I know the world is a little upside down for many people right now, but hang in there! Things will get better!
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The University of Florida has a liquid hand sanitizer recipe, if you’re interested.
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