How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

hand-sanitizerMy kids have an obsession with hand sanitizer and I haven’t a clue why. I’m not complaining, I like that they care and want to be clean. Ever year, we drop a bottle or two in their stockings for them to keep in their purse and on their dresser. We have a couple of bottles in our car too, and we go through it so fast it would make your head spin. It’s pretty expensive too, when you have to replace it as often as we do, so about a year ago, we found out how to make it ourselves and even the older kids can make it too.

You need:

Bottle of 100% Aloe Gel

Bottle of 100% Aloe Gel

Bottle of Isopropyl (Rubbing) Alcohol

Bottle of Isopropyl (Rubbing) Alcohol

I try to purchase these things on sale or the non name brand version to get the best deal for my money. Look around and find the best deal, and then remember where you got it so you can run out and get more. In the summertime, collect all the coupons you can for the aloe gel, because rarely does it go on sale, however if you look for a non-name brand alternative, you’ll do better. It’s still worth it, even if you have to pay full retail value for both though, as you are stretching the product.

It is also important to make sure that the aloe gel is 100% aloe, because if you use something else, sometimes its sticky and nobody wants sticky hands when you are trying to disinfect them. Also, when you buy your rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) be sure to look for one that says it is at least 95% or higher. This ensures that it will kill the most bacteria.

Basically, you are looking at 1 part aloe, with 2 parts alcohol. It depends on the amount your bottle will hold. I did 1/4 cup of aloe gel, and then 1/2 c. alcohol. And it filled the bottle I have perfectly. I used bottles like below and we just keep refilling them. Once you have put both your aloe and your alcohol into the bottle or container you plan to use (feel free to reuse your empty purell bottle or other pump or squeeze bottle – it’s the Green thing to do, and its frugal!), you will need to shake it up real well.

If you feel like it, and you are giving it as a gift you can create a cute label to put on the outside. You can purchase labels but I usually just use Modge Podge and cardstock. I decorate the cardstock (I’m a scrapbooker after all) then just modge podge it in place. The kids love these and we are always refilling new ones.

These are perfect for the cold and flu season. Let me know if you make them and how they turn out.

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