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Homemade Hand Sanitizer Tutorial: Step-By-Step With Pictures

Updated: Sep 26, 2020

Now more than ever hand sanitizer is a hot commodity that can't seem to stay on the shelves. While the CDC recommends consistent hand washing, we all know that the option is not always available. In these daily situations, hand sanitizer will be the next line of defense against virus carrying germs.

The first thing to know is not all hand sanitizers are created equal. In this step-by-step tutorial we will go through creating hand sanitizer utilizing essential oils. Essential oils are a wonderful addition to hand sanitizer due to their antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. They also leave a much fresher, calming scent.

'Too often, conventional hand sanitizers are packed with sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic fragrance, and parabens. These chemicals are not only harmful to your skin; they may adversely affect the hormones," said Joshua Matzkin from As I have written about before these ingredients are not FDA regulated so you nay not even know the chemicals you are applying to the skin on a daily basis.

Making homemade sanitizer is an easy seven step process, that allows you to be in control and knowledgeable about what is being applied to your skin. Ready for cleaner ingredients, additional microbial components, and easy access to materials? Try becoming your own chemist and follow the tutorial below.

Materials needed:

- Isopropyl alcohol 70%

- High quality essential oils

- Mini perfume atomizer bottles

- Pipette (if needed)

*Links for are all materials listed below

Step-by-step tutorial-

Step 1- Prepare all materials on a flat durable service

Step 2- Prepare atomizer bottle upright (make sure surface is stable)

Step 3- Begin to drop essential oils into the open atomizer. We used about 7-8 drops, but this may vary depending on brand and personal preference. With personal experience, we found the 7-8 drops were enough to mask the alcohol and provide the essential oil benefits.

Step 4- Use the pipette to begin to drop the isopropyl alcohol into the atomizer. If you do not have a pipette available, carefully begin to pour the alcohol into the atomizer.

Step 5- Fill the atomizer to about 1/2 an inch from the top, leaving room for the top to snap on in the next step.

Step 6- Snap on the top of atomizer by placing bottom on a solid surface, and pushing the top in until you hear it snap in place. This step can require a bit of force, so just be careful not to spill!

Step 7- Give the atomizer a little shake, remove the lid, and you are ready to go!

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Ready to take a more natural approach with your hand sanitizer? Simply cannot find any due to the pandemic? This easy, at home method may be the solution you are looking for.

Material List:

- Isopropyl Alcohol: this item is currently very difficult to find in stores and online. We ordered it through a pet website, and received it next day.

- High quality essential oils: We used BIOTONE since it was already on hand, but there are a number of companies to choose from. Using high quality is very important, because watered down oils will require more, and not cover up the scent as well.

- Mini perfume atomizer bottles: These bottles are fairly cheap and they average about 100 sprays per bottle.

-Pipettes: Not necessary but may make the process a bit easier and less messy. They are available from multiple Amazon sellers for under $1.00.

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