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Hand Sanitizer 101

No luck finding hand sanitizer? Try this simple recipe to make your own.

With just three ingredients, you can save money and add a tool to your family’s wellness kit.


1/3 cup Rubbing Alcohol (91% Isopropyl Alcohol is best, but look for a minimum of 60%)
2 1/2 tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel (98% or higher)
10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

The key is to use a high enough concentration of alcohol to make it effective. You can add lavender essential oil for scent if desired. If you do, use about 20 to 25 drops.

After mixing, you can reuse old dish detergent bottles to store for easy refiles into small bottles, or pick up travel size bottles at the local dollar store.

The hand sanitizer should cover all of the hands when used and be allowed to air dry for about 20 seconds. Remember, hand sanitizer is not a replacement for hand washing. You should always follow up hand sanitizer with hand washing as soon as you have access to it. Proper hand washing is still more effective than hand sanitizer alone. According to the CDC, while santizers can reduce the number of germs on hands, they do not eliminate all germs. They are not as effective as hand washing when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

Also, swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning if more than a couple of mouthfuls are swallowed. Be sure to keep it out of reach of young children and supervise their use.

Be safe, use common sense, and stay up to date on CDC news regarding Covid-19.

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