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Homemade Hand Sanitizer

When hand sanitizer is in short supply, don't panic. Instead, make this Purell copycat yourself using ingredients available at any supermarket, drugstore, or online.
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Course: Make Your Own
Cuisine: Health and Beauty
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Cost: Varies


  • mixing bowl
  • spoon
  • funnel
  • small spray bottle, liquid soap container , other containers for dispensing


Hand Sanitizer #1

  • 2/3 cup isopropyl alcohol (70% by vol or greater) (see NOTE 1)
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel (see NOTE 2)
  • 5-10 drops essential oil optional

Hand Sanitizer #2

  • 4 cups isopropyl alcohol (70% by vol or greater) can substitute greater strengths; see NOTE 1
  • 3 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide (3% by vol) , see NOTE 3
  • 2 tablespoons glycerine , see NOTE 4


Hand Sanitizer #1

  • Pour the alcohol and aloe vera in a bowl and stir until blended.
  • Add several drops of essential oil and stir to help mask the smell of alcohol (optional)
  • Use the funnel to pour the 8-ounces of mixture into containers, then label to clearly identify the bottles' contents.

Hand Sanitizer #2

  • Pour the isopropyl alcohol into a clean container.
  • Add hydrogen peroxide.
  • Add glycerine.
  • Gently mix the ingredients together either by stirring or sealing and gently shaking the bottle.
  • Dispense the sanitizer into smaller individual bottles that have tight-fitting lids.


  1. Also known in the U.S. as rubbing alcohol, which comes in varying strenghts but you want at last 70% by vol., or "v/v." Find isopropyl alcohol in drugstores, supermarkets or online in varying strengths. 
  2. This comes in a bottle, and found in supermarkets, drugstores, and online.
  3. Make sure it's fresh.
  4. Find glycerine in drugstores, some supermarkets in the baking aisle.
  5. Hand Sanitizer #1 yield: 1 cup. Hand Sanitizer #2 yield; 4 cups.
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