When it comes to preventing the spread of diseases like COVID-19, nothing beats good old-fashioned handwashing. But if water and soap aren’t available, your next best option is a hand sanitizer that can fight any disease. In a world where shelves are empty more often than not, though, it’s time to learn to make your own!
What you’ll need:
- 3/4 cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent)
- 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel (to help keep your hands smooth and to counteract the harshness of alcohol)
- 10 drops of essential oil, such as lavender oil, or you can use lemon juice instead
Pour all ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a pouring spout like a glass measuring container.
Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel.
Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it “hand sanitizer.”