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How to make your own hand sanitiser

If you’re unable to purchase any hand sanitiser, don’t panic! Here’s how you can easily make yours at home using materials that may not be sold out. “Recipes” for your own hand sanitiser may vary slightly. The key thing to know is that you need to create a mixture that’s at least 60% alcohol.


– 91% or higher isopropyl alcohol or methylated spirit – usually labelled as ‘rubbing alcohol’ or ‘surgical spirit’, these products are usually available in chemists, drugstores and some supermarkets;

– aloe vera gel;

– essential oils (optional);

– bowl and spoon;

– storage bottle or container;

– funnel (optional).

Step 1

Combine 2/3 of a cup of 91% or higher alcohol with 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel in a bowl and stir until blended.

Step 2

Optional: add 5-10 drops of essential oils to reduce the smell of alcohol.

Step 3

Bottle your mixture. You can buy an empty bottle with a pump or recycle a washed-out bottle. Done, you’ve made your own hand sanitiser!

Remember: hand sanitiser is not a replacement for correct hand washing.

Sources:  The Mighty.

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