How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitiser
Written by C. Cartwright
16 Mar 2020
I guess by now we've all witnessed some form of craziness associated with COVID-19. Empty shelves in the supermarkets, limits being placed on your shopping items, learning of this great nation’s surprising infatuation with toilet paper (who knew?! ?), fear-mongering and the like. We all have our own differing opinions and views about what is happening at this time - but one thing we are all on the same page about is the absolute necessity for hand hygiene.
It stands to reason then, that to find hand sanitiser anywhere at the moment is literally like stumbling upon a golden nugget or winning the lotto! Our stores have been stripped bare – items are on order from countries which have also been stripped bare. I thought I would provide you with a couple of recipes of hand sanitiser so that you could make your own at home (providing these ingredients are still available). So here’s one quick gel recipe and one WHO compliant spray recipe.
Now, usually I would have made these recipes first before I posted about them – so that I could give you my opinion and details about things to avoid or do better etc … but I was unable to source any Isopropyl alcohol!! But rather than not posting this blog at all because I can’t endorse it, I decided that I would let you be the judge, because some of you may still have access to all of the ingredients! And at times like this we really do need hand sanitiser! If you would like to share pics of what you made or have any feedback on your findings I’d love to hear about it on Eco Blvd’s facebook page !
I've also provided a link to the World Health Organisation (WHO) guide for Recommended Hand rub Formulations here: https://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/Guide_to_Local_Production.pdf for your information.
Please note: The WHO and CDC also recommend that for your sanitiser to be effective, the mix must be at least 60% alcohol: this means using anything less than 99% Isopropyl Alcohol in their mix will render it non-compliant. Also please remember that hand sanitisers don’t replace the need for regularly washing hands thoroughly with soap and water.
Oh, one more thing. All of these ingredients are usually found at your chemist. But at crazy times like this, you may have to ‘think outside the square’ regarding where you can locate them eg Bunnings also sells Isopropyl alcohol (if they haven’t sold out).
I wish you the best of luck!
Feel free to share this far and wide folks!
The WHO say "At present, alcohol-based hand rubs are the only known means for rapidly and effectively inactivating a wide array of potentially harmful microorganisms on hands."
HAND SANITISER GEL (Quick Recipe)
Mix together all of the following ingredients and decant into smaller containers.
- 2/3 cup either 91% or 99% Isopropyl Alcohol
- 1/3 cup Aloe Vera Gel (store-bought / natural - soothes alcohol's drying effects)
- Up to 10 drops of Essential Oil (preferably antibacterial like Tea Tree, Clove, Lemon etc)
HAND SANITISER SPRAY (WHO Compliant)
In a pouring jug, mix together:
- 1 cup 99% Isopropyl Alcohol
- 1 Tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide
then mix in:
- 1 teaspoon of Glycerol (98% Glycerin, soothes like Aloe, but less sticky)
then mix in:
- 85ml of distilled water (or cooled boiled water)
Add a few drops of Essential Oil (optional) and then decant into spray bottles.