FYI: Homemade Hand Sanitizers

Good for this flu season: Sanitizer's getting in short supply (& one I know of made in Ohio I THINK, is not good). So...makes sense to make your own. I save bottles from hair shine spray, & all, & you can get lil spray bottles in cosmetic areas of stores put the stuff in.


Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer
Fri, 10/09/2009 - 10:00am by FitSugar 8 Comments

Everyone around me is sick lately, and it has me washing my hands in overdrive, but if I'm not near a sink I use hand sanitizer.
The problem is that those little bottles start to add up financially, and I feel bad throwing out so many plastic containers.
Recently, my friend shared her recipe for homemade sanitizer with me and I've been a convert ever since.

What's cool is that the basic ingredients are things I already keep in my medicine cabinet: aloe vera gel and rubbing alcohol.
You can make as little or as much as you want, but always use a ratio of six parts alcohol to four parts aloe vera gel for it to be effective.
If you're a big germaphobe like I am you can also add tea tree oil — nature's antiseptic — to the mixture. I put about five drops into every half-cup of sanitizer I make.
I also add lavender oil to the mix to kill the medicinal smell.
From there, just add your mixture to a small bottle that you can always keep with you.
I still think that washing your hands trumps sanitizer, but this recipe is a great alternative to the store-bought stuff.
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How to Make Your Own Waterless Hand Sanitizer
Did you ever wonder how they make waterless hand sanitizer?
Well now is your chance to learn how!
Begin with 1 cup of aloe vera gel (a concentration from one of the oldest medicinal plants known) and add a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol.
Next, mix in 2 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin.
Finally, add about 9 drops of tea tree essential oil.
You can use a number of different oils to create unique fragrances as well as provide different antibacterial advantages.
You might be able to add a different scent if you wish.

Making Your Own "Purell" Type Hand Sanitizer

With the new "Swine" flu in the news all over the place, I am sure everyone is thinking what they should do to keep prepared.
There is a pretty good site here that highlights some ideas.
And, of course, there is the common sense tactics such as sneezing into your elbow, stay home if you are feeling any flu like symptoms, and washing hands often.
How many people are already Purell addicts?
I see so many people using this all the time.
And I am sure we will be seeing a great deal more of this!
Well, as a frugal minded one here, I wondered if you could make your own.
Let's face it that stuff is not cheap!
Well, guess what! You can!!!

Handmade Hand Sanitizer
Here's what you need (it's super easy):
1 Cup Aloe Vera Gel (w/ all the sun care out this should be easy to find now)
1/2 Cup 90% or higher Isopropyl Alcohol
A couple drops of the essential oil of your choice (optional)

Fill a pump bottle or squeezable bottle and give a good shake.
That's it.... Nothing fancy!
Even better (frugally speaking) if reuse a container you already have!

Gather Your Ingredients

1 cup aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol
2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
8-10 drops tea tree essential oil or lavender essential oil

Simply blend all of the ingredients together and store.

How to Make a Gel Hand Sanitizer
By Lisa LaVergne

Make a Gel Hand Sanitizer
Using a hand gel sanitizer has become quite common these days.
However, store bought sanitizers can be expensive and often contain harsh chemicals.
Learn how to make your own hand gel sanitizer that is more affordable and much safer than what you will buy in the store
Things You'll Need:
100% pure aloe vera gel
Witch hazel
Tea Tree Oil
Peppermint Oil

Place about 1 cup of your pure aloe vera gel into a bowl.
Slowly mix in 1-2 teaspoons of Witch Hazel.
You do not want the consistency of the gel to become too thin.
Add 3-4 drops of Tea Tree essential oil, and 3-4 drops of Peppermint essential oil.
Slowly stir ingredients together.
If you find the consistency to be too thin, add more aloe vera gel a teaspoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
Store in your desired container. Use as you would any other hand sanitizer as necessary.
All of the ingredients in this mixture are safe and natural to use on your body. Witch Hazel, Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint all have antiseptic and astringent properties to them, which make them great for killing germs and also healing small cuts and wounds.
The aloe vera gel will help soothe skin and keep skin from drying out.
Tips & Warnings
You can add other scented essential oils to the mixture for a more pleasant scent such as lavender oil or rose oil.
If you find the tea tree oil and peppermint oil scent to strong, use lesser amounts.Witch Hazel and Tea Tree oil can cause excessive dryness in people with sensitive skin.
If you find this occurring, limit the use of your sanitizer to a few times a day.

Mix a flu pandemic scare, with a popular president who recommends keeping your hands clean, and it’s no surprise that your local drug store and supermarket shelves are probably cleaned out of Purell and other hand sanitizers.
And while there’s no doubt the stores will restock soon, that doesn’t help you now.
Fortunately, there’s an easy and inexpensive solution that will even save you a bit of money – make your own.
It turns out that Aloe Vera gel contains most of the same ingredients as common hand sanitzers – plus Aloe is a natural moisturizer (not a bad idea considering how alcohol based sanitizers can dry your skin).
So mixing the gel with some alcohol can serve quite well.
In fact, there are numerous sites on the web that offer various formulas for alternate sanitizers.
The problem is: most of those fomulas don’t sanitize!
Because they only recommend adding a few tablespoons of alcohol to the gel (along with some glyceryn and scents).
It turns out that for a sanitizer to actually sanitize, you need at least 60% alcohol.
Here’s a simple formula that will do the trick:
Use 100% pure Aloe Vera Gel
Use 91% or 99% Isopropyl Alcohol
Add 3 parts of gel to 7 parts of Alcohol (I used tablespoons) and add to a sealable plastic dispenser (the kind you can find in the cosmetic or travel section of most drug stores).
Shake well.
The resulting gel will be only slightly thinner than the store bought kind. You might want to add some scent to mask the slightly stronger smell. The gel will feel a bit stickier on your hand because it also contains a moisturizer.
Sanitizer you create yourself should run under 35 cents/oz (as compared to typically 50 cents/oz for Purell.
Some people recommend using Vodka instead of Isopropyl.
The problem is: alcohol itself is typically only 40% alcohol – which isn’t enough to do a proper job sanitizing, much less when mixed with the Aloe Gel.
But if you can find some 180 proof spirts, you can use those instead.
Keep in mind that sanitizers should only be used when you don’t have soap and water available – regular hand washing works just as well at preventing illness and does a better job at cleaning.


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