by Caryl Teh

If you don’t like the smell of the generic hand sanitisers that you buy from the store or use when you walk into any establishment, then we’re on the same page. Surely there must be a hand sanitiser that doesn’t remind you of hospitals. 

Well, there is! Today we’re going to share how you can make your own hand sanitiser with a scent that you actually like in the comfort of your own home! (Yes, home is comfortable. Even if you’re tired of being in it so much from MCO. You should instead be grateful for the fact that you have a home to live & work in.)

The Basic Recipe

  1. 2 parts 91-99% rubbing alcohol (a.k.a. isopropyl alcohol or ethanol)

The aim is to keep your sanitiser’s alcohol content at 60%. This is the minimum amount needed to kill most germs according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). You will probably need to get it online, but check your nearest pharmacy for availability.

  1. 1 part aloe vera gel

Provides moisture and nourishment to help balance the harsh drying effects of alcohol. It also thickens your hand sanitiser, which is important for easier and more effective application – it adds important contact time of alcohol on your skin because it can take at least 60 seconds, and sometimes longer, for hand sanitiser to kill most germs. Be sure to get aloe GEL though, and not a lotion!

  1. A small squeeze bottle, spray bottle, or storage container

Personalise Your Sanitiser

  1. Around 5-10 drops of the essential oil of your choice

A suggested mix: To mask the smell of alcohol, add 5 drops each of lemon, orange, and tea tree essential oils to the mix for a fresh, citrusy scent.

Alternatively, clove, eucalyptus, or peppermint are also great choices.

  1. 5 drops vitamin E oil

For soft hands.

Steps & Tips

  • Make the hand sanitiser in a clean space. Wipe down countertops with a diluted bleach solution beforehand.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before making the hand sanitiser.
  • To mix, use a clean spoon and whisk. Wash these items thoroughly before using them.
  • Make sure the alcohol used for the hand sanitiser is not diluted.
  • Mix all the ingredients thoroughly until they’re well blended.
  • Don’t touch the mixture with your hands until it’s ready for use.

How to Use Your Homemade Hand Sanitiser Effectively

  • If your hands are greasy or dirty, you should wash them first with soap and water. 
  • This is not a substitute for proper hand-washing, so make sure to wash your hands well at the next opportunity.

To apply:

  1. Shake the jar vigorously to reincorporate the essential oils
  2. Spray or apply the sanitiser to the palm of one hand.
  3. Thoroughly rub your hands together. Make sure you cover the entire surface of your hands and all your fingers.
  4. Continue rubbing for 30 to 60 seconds or until your hands are dry. Remember that it takes around this amount of time for the sanitiser to actually kill germs on your hands!

Sources:
My Heavenly Recipes
HomesteadandChill
Wholefully
Healthline