Aloe vera has been well-known for it’s possitive health effect for which it’s used to treat burns and regenerate the skin. That and it’s sanitizing power is why it’s used in hand sanitizers. This recipe for hand sanitizer includes alcohol which is not awesome for your skin. The aloe vera gel helps soothe the skin.
This hand sanitizer contains alcohol which makes the sanitizer a potent desinfectant. If you’re looking for something less potent but better for the skin, try my Caring Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera (to be published on april 15). If you need the usual hospital sanitizer, go for the Homemade Hand Sanitizer.
As the name tells you, you’ll need the aloe vera gel. If you have this plant at home, you can harvest the gel yourself, here’s how to do it.
Supplies to make the hand sanitizer with aloe vera
- 100 g of aloe vera gel
- 100 g of 96% alcohol
- 10 of grapefruit essential oil (or other if you like the smell, you can also skip this ingredient)
- bottle with dispenser
The aloe vera gel regenerates skin. The alcohol works as potent desinfectant here and I add the grapefruit essential oil just because I like the smell. You can replace or skip it.
How to make it
Blend your aloe vera gel until completely smooth. Mix in the alcohol and the essential oil and fill the bottle.
Why is the gel in the photos pink?
That’s because of the grapefruit essential oil which is of pink color. If you add clear oil your hand sanitizer will be clear.
The hand sanitizer should be used only when you cannot wash your hands. The best way to prevent transferring coronavirus (or other viruses and bacteria) is washing your hands often and in the correct way. You can watch this video to see how it’s done correctly. And here’s a UNICEF document on handwashing.
Also don’t forget that it’s important to have your nails cut short and if you have to ho out (by tram or bus, to the post office and so on), use gloves that you can sterilize or use single-use gloves.
Still don’t have a face mask?
Here are some tutorials: