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As the global hand sanitizer supply dwindles here’s how to make your own

The widespread panic that coronavirus has caused has led to a shortage of certain items in stores as people rush to stock up.

Panic will lead us to behave erratically which is clear from the shortage of toilet paper currently in stores, but people have also been stocking up on those things that help keep the germs at bay.

One of these is hand sanitizer where demand for this germ-busting product is at unprecedented levels.

Washing your hands is more effective in the fight against germs but we can’t all carry a faucet around with us so having a bottle of this stuff to hand is recommended. However, getting hold of one is easier said than done.


In New York, home to one of the largest coronavirus outbreak zones, they have enlisted the help of the state’s prison industry to make their own hand sanitizer which is being sold at the very reasonable price of $6.10 per gallon, according to CNN news.

Making your own hand sanitizer is easier than you might think with only three ingredients needed and one of those ingredients is optional.

To make your own you will need

  • 99% rubbing alcohol
  • aloe vera gel
  • essential oils (optional)

You’ll also need something to put it in, a glass bottle which has been properly cleaned if you’re recycling.


Then all you need to do is

  1. Fill a glass bottle with about 2/3 rubbing alcohol
  2. Use 10-15 drops of essential oils per 2-ounce bottle. I used tea tree and lavender
  3. Then top off the bottle with aloe vera gel

It’s worth noting that rubbing alcohol can irritate sensitive skin and you certainly don’t want to get it near your eyes or nose. Be sure to dilute it if it’s too much for you or other members of your family.


Please share this crucial information with everyone you know so we can all protect ourselves as best as possible.

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