This project will teach you how to make hand sanitizer by yourself and to be honest it does not require any form of experience.
It is well known that some commercial hand sanitizers contain harmful ingredients in their formulation even though they protect you from all sorts of germs, so we advise you to make your own hand sanitizer from ingredients you choose. By making your own hand sanitizer you:
- Will save money
- Will protect yourself from germs
- Can customize the scent of sanitizer to your own preference.
How do hands sanitizers works?
The active ingredient is alcohol, which must comprise at least 60% of the hand sanitizer in order for it to be an effective disinfectant. You can use either 99% isopropyl alcohol (commonly known as rubbing alcohol) or 90%-95% ethanol. No other type of alcohol should be used such as methanol or butanol since they are toxic.
Essential Oils in Hand Sanitizer
Apart from adding great scent to your hand sanitizer, the essential oil you choose is very important as most of them have antimicrobial properties that protect you against germs e.g thyme, tea tree oil and clove oil. When using these oils, it is highly recommended to only use a drop or two since they are powerful and can cause skin irritation.
What You’ll Need To Make Hand Sanitizer
- Bowl and a spoon
- Bottle with a pump dispenser
- 2/3 cup 99% isopropyl alcohol or ethanol
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
- 8 to 10 drops essential oil (optional)
Steps to Make Hand Sanitizer
It’s simple, mix all the ingredients listed above together and then use the funnel to pour the mixture into the bottle. Screw the pump back onto the bottle and you’re good to go.
Gather Your Ingredients
You need to have the following ready and measured out:
- Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
- Aloe vera gel
- And optional essential oils.
2. Mix All Ingredients
Add all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix thoroughly with a spoon.
3. Pour Into The Bottle
Pour your homemade hand sanitizer into a bottle, close tight the bottle top, and begin using.
Protect Your Hands
Since alcohol dries the skin and strips protective oils, apply a good lotion to keep skin in top shape. This will help avoid tiny cracks on your hands that may trap bacteria and viruses. If you have sensitive skin, use about 60-70% of alcohol in your hand sanitizer because a higher concentration may cause irritation.
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