How to make your own hand sanitizer (quick and easy)

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A shortage of hand sanitizer during the pandemic (and during the cold and flu season) is a potential nightmare for anyone wanting to keep their hands germ-free. The good news is that with just a few simple ingredients and a container to mix them in, you can make your own disinfectant from the comfort of your home! (No chemistry degree is required!)

How to make your own hand sanitizer
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What you need to make a hand sanitizer:

  •  Rubbing alcohol (99% alcohol)
  •  Aloe vera
  •  Liquid measuring cup
  • Funnel (optional)
  •  Mixing bowl
  •  Essential oil (optional)

Steps to follow:

1. In the liquid measuring cup, pour ¾ cup of rubbing alcohol (which you then pour into the mixing bowl).
2. Add ¼ cup of aloe vera.
3. If you prefer a scented disinfectant, pour 5 to 7 drops of essential oil of your choice into the mixture (this step is optional).
4. Mix the three ingredients and let stand.
5. Using a funnel, pour the freshly prepared mixture into an empty soap dispenser or into a (recycled) bottle of hand sanitizer.

As long as the mixture contains at least 60% alcohol, it will act as an effective germ killer. Keep in mind that homemade hand sanitizer is only recommended in extreme situations – when you don’t have access to clean water to wash your hands – as it can eventually cause skin irritation or burns. Above all, it should never be used on children’s skin.

This remains a troubleshooting solution: the best way to kill germs and germs is to wash your hands with soap and water.

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