How to make hand sanitizer

How to make your own hand sanitizer and other supplies during Covid-19

We are all living through one of the most crazy times in our nation’s history. Covid-19 is a virus that seems to be spreading like wildfire. The good news is that good old hand washing can help prevent much of the transmission. The problem is that many stores across the United States are running out of hand sanitizer and other supplies daily and very quickly. In these times of trouble, it is great if you have some DIY skills to create your own supplies. Here is how to make your own hand sanitizer and other supplies. 

Hand Sanitizer

This is just one of many recipes out there to make homemade hand sanitizer. Keep in mind that it is not necessarily recommended for children if they are unable to properly use it. =

Here are your supplies:

  • ¾ cup of isopropyl alcohol (91%)
  • ¼ cup aloe vera gel (aids in keeping your hands soft and smooth from the harshness of the alcohol content)
  • 10 drops of essential oil (for example lavender, clove or eucalyptus oil or lemon juice for a substitute.


  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl. For ease of use, mix in a bowl with spout for pouring. 
  • First, mix with a spoon. Next, beat with a whisk to turn the concoction into a gel.
  • Pour the mixture into an empty bottle. Be sure to properly label the container. 

Other tips:

  • Be sure your workspace is clean. Wipe down your space with a diluted bleach solution prior to making your hand sanitizer. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Make sure all your equipment (bowl, spoon and container) are also washed thoroughly before use. 
  • Blend all ingredients thoroughly.
  • Do not touch your hand sanitizer with your hands until you the mixing is complete. 

How to use the hand sanitizer

  • Apply the hand sanitizer to the palm of your hand. 
  • Next, rub your hands together thoroughly. Be sure that you cover the entire surface of your hands, including all the sides of your fingers. 
  • Proceed to rub your hands for 30 to 60 seconds. Most hand sanitizers take closer to 60 seconds or more to kill most germs. 

Homemade Face Masks

There is much debate over the effectiveness of homemade face masks. There is obviously a shortage of masks for healthcare workers. Right now, there are sewing warriors working overtime to deliver the much needed masks. Keep in mind, there are other professions that use masks as well. People who work with chemicals or on farms, also need masks to keep their bodies healthy. 

Here are a few sites offering DIY face mask patterns if you are sewing inclined:

The Just for Fun Category

While most of us are pent up in pure isolation, we tend to worry about the unknown. When will this end? When will life get back to normal? No one knows the answer for sure, but there are some fun things you can do in the meantime to ease your stress and worry. 

First off, you can try the toilet paper calculator. Since everyone seems to be hoarding the toilet paper these days, you might be struggling to find back up. By using this calculator, you can determine exactly when you will run out of stock. 

Next, the workout from home frenzy has begun. Most gyms are shut down due to the virus. However, that has not stopped gyms and Instagram influencers from staying fit and sharing their routines. Check some of these out:

Lastly, don’t forget to check out the videos that have gone viral since quarantine has begun. These are some favorites:

Final Thoughts

As the uncertainty our economy and health of all Americans looms over us, we are also a country of people who support one another. In this time of need, try to make your own antibacterial soap, a face mask or just sit back and take in a few laughs from videos gone viral. Our lives will go back to normal, people will return to work and homemade hand sanitizer will be a thing of the past.