Spread Love. Not Germs: How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer
Unless you live in Antartica (the only continent not touched by COVID-19 yet), you've come to realize that we are living during frenzied times to combat a novel and often lethal virus at the moment; thus, essential items at the grocery and drug stores are very scarce. One very important suggestion by the World Health Organization is to use hand sanitizer after washing your hands with antibacterial soap and very warm water for at least 20 seconds. But most shelves at the stores are out of hand sanitizers, so what to do?
You can make your own, using something you may already have in your garden (or purchase at a neighborhood garden nursery) and your medicine cabinet: aloe vera and pure rubbing alcohol.
* sharp knife
* enough aloe vera leaves to make 1/3 cup juice from the meat (apx. three med. leaves)
* rubbing alcohol (99 percent alcohol)
* blender (or a hand blender)
* mesh strainer
* measuring cup
* spoon to stir
* clean container to hold the hand sanitizer
Cut the top layer off of the aloe vera leaf
Then scoop the meat off and put it in a blender or container to hand blend.
I use a hand held blender (but you can use a conventional blender) and blend until the meat is liquified.
Then strain into a measuring cup. This will take a few minutes because the juice will be thick and gel-like. Measure to 1/3 cup of aloe juice.
Then pour 2/3 cups of alcohol into the measuring cup or until it fills to the one cup line (1/3 cup of aloe vera juice and 2/3 cup of alcohol will measure to the one cup line).
Then pour into clean containers, ready for use.
It feels like gel when it goes on but after several seconds it dries nicely. I don't use essential oils (although you may if you'd like. Just make sure you use skin-quality essential oil) or food coloring. I wanted to keep the hand sanitizer as natural as possible.
So, there you have it. Homemade hand sanitizer made from what you may already have in your garden and your medicine cabinet. Stay well everyone.