How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

When it comes to preventing the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, nothing beats good old-fashioned hand washing.

But if water and soap aren’t available, your next best option, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source, is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

What ingredients do you need?

  • Rubbing alcohol (99 percent alcohol volume)
  • Aloe vera gel
  • An essential oil, such as tea tree oil or lavender oil, or you can use lemon juice instead

How do you make your own hand sanitizer?


  • 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.”

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