How to make hand-sanitizer spray

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How to make hand-sanitizer spray
Make a less-expensive, custom blend of hand-sanitiser spray. (washing egg image by Andrey Boyarskiy from Fotolia.com)

Hand-sanitiser spray keeps the hands clean between washings. Doctors, nurses and many other professionals sanitise their hands frequently throughout the day. Commercial hand sanitisers can be expensive, so make your own and save money. Add your own fragrances to make a custom blend.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • 1 cup grain or isopropyl alcohol
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
  • Fragrance oil (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure 1 cup grain or isopropyl alcohol into a clean spray bottle. Either form of alcohol is acceptable as long as it meets the 60 to 95 per cent alcohol requirement, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  2. 2

    Add 1/2 cup aloe vera gel and 1/4 cup distilled water. The ancient Egyptians used aloe vera as a healing plant, and the sticky sap from its leaves acts as a moisturising agent.

  3. 3

    Add 5 drops tea tree oil. Attach sprayer and shake to mix ingredients. Tea tree oil acts as a natural antibacterial agent. You also may add a few drops of fragrance oil if you do not like the strong smell of tea tree.

  4. 4

    Spray on hands and rub together until dry. Wash hands with soap and water prior to using hand-sanitiser spray. Hand-sanitiser spray is not a replacement for proper hand washing practices. Washing with soap and water cleans the hands while the hand-sanitiser spray disinfects to inhibit the spread of germs.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are on the go a lot, carry your hand-sanitiser spray with you as public bathrooms often run out of soap.
  • The CDC recommends hand-sanitiser sprays have a minimum concentration of 60 per cent grain or isopropyl alcohol to be effective at killing germs and bacteria. It has been discovered that some commercially made hand-sanitiser sprays do not reach this minimum.

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