How to DIY Hand Sanitizer During Shortages (Recipe)

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When the news broke, we each responded in vastly different ways. Some of us hurried to the nearby grocers, some of us (I'm in this group) had a more lax approach and ended up with a scary shortage of TP and absolutely no hand sanitizer. Fortunately, I had good friends to share Charmin and was able to reach into my Supplies stock of bath bomb ingredients! Now that the world is seemingly out of 91% alcohol, we look for our next option. Although infamous among the college kids, Everclear might have a chance to earn a new reputation!

The CDC guidelines for effective hand-sanitizer require 60% alcohol. Everclear far-and-above meets this guideline but ask your local liquor store for other recommendations if they're out.

The first thing you'll want to pick up are these pretty little 4oz Spray Bottles. This kit comes with funnels and droppers which is especially useful when adding Essential Oils to your Sanitizer. I chose spray bottles for this recipe because you're hard-pressed to find Aloe Gel these days, however, the Witch Hazel and Vitamin E will help soothe your skin from constant cleansing. Sanitizer is not a replacement for hand-washing. Washing your hands is still the best way to kill viral strands. Please continue hygiene practices!

 CDC-Compliant Hand Sanitizer:

  • 3/4 c. of Everclear (KrisCo Liquor still has this available)
  • 1/4 c. Witch Hazel (to condition your hands from harsh cleansing affects)
  • 1/2 tsp Vitamin E (optional but recommended)
  • 10-15 drops of your favorite Essential Oils (optional)

Mix everything in a glass container or bowl before dividing into 4oz Bottles.

Double this recipe as needed if you're making extra for loved ones.

As we integrate back into our daily routines, please be over cautious with your health. I want to see each and every one of those beautiful lil' faces when I get back to work!


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