With the increase in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases all over the world, there’s been a huge run on hand sanitizer, making it one of the most sought-after commodities nowadays.
As the demand for hand sanitizer has skyrocketed due to the current pandemic situation. Many stores are running out of supplies like hand soap, paper towels, and hand sanitizer.
In this case, it’s high time to make your own hand sanitizer for your handwashing needs, helping you prevent the spread of viruses.
The (CDC) Centers for Disease Control explains washing hands with soap and water is the most effective way to disinfect your hands.
But what if soap and water are unavailable or you can’t go to a sink straight away? Well, that’s when a portable hand sanitizer will be right out there for you.
And that’s exactly why, in this article, I’m going to walk you through the simple 3-step process of how to make hand sanitizer with aloe vera juice easily at home. So, without further ado, let’s cut to the chase!
How to make hand sanitizer with aloe vera juice?
Well, read along to know how to make homemade hand sanitizer using 91 to 99% strength alcohol. I promise you this recipe is strong enough to kill the existing coronavirus if used properly.
Here’s the go-to hand sanitizer recipe,,,,
Total Time: 10 minutes.
- A blender.
- Small travel-size squeeze bottles or spray.
- Larger storage bottle.
- 1 cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol.
- 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel (avoid aloe vera lotion).
- 20 drops of Germ Destroyer oil.
- 3 tablespoons of distilled water to thin the solution.
- A few drops of essential oil for scent (optional).
The steps to follow:
First off, pour the alcohol, distilled water, germ destroyer oil, and aloe vera gel into a small container. Whisk them together in the ratios mentioned above until thoroughly blended.
You may increase the ingredients to make a larger batch, but strictly maintain the ratios to get the most out of it.
You can also add some essential oils of your choice, such as, rosemary, cinnamon, peppermint, or citrus-scented oils like orange or lemon, which will spread a nice scent and help cut down on the alcohol scent.
If you choose to use fresh aloe vera juice, peel off the outer skin and scoop out the inner flesh with a spoon.
Instead of pure aloe vera leaves for this hand sanitizer recipe, bottled aloe vera gel will do the trick as well. In this case, make sure to stir the ingredients vigorously.
I prefer to use pure aloe vera and recommend using a blender because it will offer you the smoothest homemade hand sanitizer. Which will prevent the bottle from clogging up as well.
Once blended completely, you will get a sprayable thin hand sanitizer.
Now pour the finished hand sanitizer using a small funnel or medicine dropper into a travel-size squeeze bottle or spray of your choice, which can easily be used when you are on the go.
Congrats, you are done. Just use as required to kill viruses or germs from your hands naturally.
- Store the rest in a cool dark place.
- If exposed to light, fresh aloe gel might turn light pink. But don’t worry!
- It’s not gone bad. As alcohol is present there, it will preserve the sanitizer effectively for a longer period of time.
What are the benefits of using homemade hand sanitizer?
You had better try to prepare your own hand sanitizer at home, as homemade hand sanitizer offers you lots of perks, such as:
- Because of the current global pandemic situation, every super shop and online store is sold out of hand sanitizer.
So making hand sanitizer on your own is the only option to keep yourself safe and sound.
- Plus, if you choose to make your own. You will have the utmost control over the elements that go into making the sanitizer, ensuring the quality of your sanitizer.
- There’s been a sudden upsurge in the prices of hand sanitizer online. Since lots of stores are already sold out of this product. So making it at home can save you a decent amount of money as well.
- Apart from this, as you have to use the sanitizer on a regular basis in this pandemic, you may want to make hand sanitizer at home in bulk.
That’s why you can fill up reusable bottles, which is an excellent way to decrease.
The plastic waste produced from disposable bottles, which is very dangerous for our environment.
- Commercial hand sanitizers often contain drying alcohol. And it is too strong for kids to use.
- But if you make it yourself at home, you can make a more gentle version for the kids.
Is Homemade Hand Sanitizer Really Effective For Killing Viruses And Bacteria?
Yes, it is. The (CDC) says a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol at the least is well efficient in killing or removing the COVID-19.
As well as other types of viruses and bacteria, while properly applied.
In this formula, we’ve created a hand sanitizer which is around 60 to 70% alcohol.
And, this formula reaches the percentage CDC recommends, which helps battle against viruses effectively.
So you can use this natural hand sanitizer while you stick around in such spots where viruses are more likely to be transmitted.
Please keep in mind that not every type of virus can be killed by alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
For instance, it doesn’t have the power to kill pathogens like norovirus and cryptosporidium.
Don’t know what the norovirus is? It’s a highly contagious guy, causing the “24-hour flu”. And to kill this virus, chlorine bleach will be the best bet for you.
How to Properly Use Hand Sanitizer?
Well, you can use your hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available out there.
Let’s get to a few simple steps on how to use hand sanitizer correctly:
- First off, shake it well before using, and then apply the required amount of hand sanitizer to the palm of your one hand.
- After that, rub the hands together until both hands get moistened. And ensure the sanitizer covers all the surfaces of your hands and fingers.
- Try to pay close attention to your fingernails, fingertips, and between fingers.
- You will need to continue the rubbing process until the hands are dry. Not to worry! After a couple of seconds, the sanitizer will vanish automatically.
As alcohol can dry up your skin, you can go for hand lotion after sanitizing.
- The CDC explained that hand sanitizer’s effectiveness reduces when your hands come in contact with heavy dirt or grime.
And that’s why, in those circumstances, instead of using hand sanitizer, they recommend you wash your hands with soap and water.
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ):
What can I use instead of hand sanitizer?
If hand sanitizers are out-of-stock in your vicinity, you can try out these alternatives:
1. Soap and water.
2. Tea tree essential oil with water.
3. Rubbing alcohol.
4. Distilled white vinegar.
5. Colloidal silver.
6. Aloe Vera.
7. Hydrogen peroxide (to make it last longer, you can dilute it with a little water).
8. Eucalyptus in aloe vera.
Can you add coconut oil to homemade hand sanitizer?
Yes, you can. You can make use of whatever essential oil you like.
Though using coconut oil is optional, it adds a nice moisturizing factor to your sanitizer.
Plus, coconut oil is effective in fighting against common bacteria, because of its containing lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid.
What are the dangerous ingredients in hand sanitizers?
One of the fatal ingredients in hand sanitizers is Methanol.
This ingredient is strictly prohibited from using in hand sanitizers because of its poisonous effects.
Ingesting hand sanitizer that contains this ingredient can lead to blindness and even death. That’s terrible!
Can Apple cider vinegar be used as a hand sanitizer?
How long does homemade hand sanitizer last?
Usually, hand sanitizer made at home lasts up to around 2 to 3 years.
The interesting thing is; if your hand sanitizer has already passed its expiration date.
You may still use it and reap some benefits. Because it still contains alcohol, which is the active ingredient.
How do you thicken alcohol in hand sanitizer?
To thicken alcohol, you can use polyacrylic acid and polyethylene glycol in your hand sanitizer.
Because these two ingredients are typically used as thickeners.
If these aren’t available, you can try out any hydrophilic polymer and cornstarch as well.
Well, there you have it, people. I hope this article on how to make hand sanitizer with aloe vera juice will help you stay protected during this crazy condition.
Do you have any other questions? Please let me know in the comments section below so that I can update the article further for your convenience.
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