• July 8, 2020
  • Last Update July 5, 2020 10:32 am
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How to make your own hand sanitizer gel: A homemade recipe

How to make your own hand sanitizer gel - homemade recipe

As the toilet paper magnates continue to print money and the Charmin bear preps for its debut as one of the most wealthy mascots of all time in the wake of COVID-19, Stef and I set about the impossible task of learning how to make our own hand sanitizer, using a number of homemade recipes we’d seen on the web?

Our homemade hand sanitizer recipe

The basics are pretty simple – we started with a 2:1 ratio (alcohol to gel/aloe vera) but we found it way too fluid and watery. Some of the other recipes we saw called for 3:1 or more, but we found the perfect mix to be 1:1 and then an additional half part of gel to thicken after refrigerating.

Recipe ingredients and things to have on-hand

  • 1 part 99% isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • 1 part aloe vera gel or other primarily gel suspension
  • 1 tsp your favourite essential oil
  • Steel bowl and whisk
  • Saran wrap
  • Ziploc bags

**Note: We found the essential oils ultimately got way overpowered by the alcohol, but it did help a bit

How to make your own hand sanitizer gel
I teamed up with Stef (https://www.instagram.com/newfierose_travel) to make our own hand sanitizer gel, since all the coronavirus trail-blazers seemed to have overlooked aloe vera gel and rubbing alcohol in the frenzy.

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How to make your own homemade aloe vera sanitizer gel

  • Pour 1 part alcohol and 1 part aloe vera gel into a steel bowl
  • Whisk sharply with a steel whisk until well-blended
  • Add 1 tsp essential oils and whisk into mixture
  • Cover with saran wrap and place in fridge for 20 mins
  • If your mix needs thickening add another half part of gel and blend, continue until desired consistency is reached
  • Add essential oils as desired
  • Fill a Ziploc bag with the gel mix and cut a small hole in from the corner to craft a makeshift piping bag
  • Pipe into an old hand sanitizer or re-sealable bottle

That’s it! Worked really well for us; however, not as well as proper social distancing or handwashing technique.

Remember friend: hand sanitizer is NOT a substitute for good handwashing habits and practices.

Stay healthy peeps!