Do It Yourself Hand Sanitizer
You can make your own hand sanitizer at home with ingredients you may already have in your household. In fact, it requires very little time and effort. Also, this hand sanitizer is not sticky, dries quickly and has no lingering fragrance.
Like most shoppers preparing for COVID-19 on the weekend, I saw many bare shelves in the store. On a quest to find hydrogen peroxide, I encountered empty shelf after empty shelf in every store I visited. Then, I remembered something. I have leftover Hydrox (29% H2O2) from my gardening adventures. Thankfully, I can dilute it to a 3% solution.
To begin with, I had Isopropyl Alcohol from a batch of RSO that I never got around to making. Straight off the shelf from the hydro store, it’s 99.8% pure and happens to be exactly what I need for hand sanitizer.
Also, I was experimenting at one time with making my own e-liquids. Consequently, I have 2 bottles of Vegetable Glycerin.
Along with some boiled water, I now have all the necessary ingredients for making my own hand sanitizer.
I found the formula at WHO (World Health Organization)
Ingredients Required to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer
You need 4 ingredients to make hand sanitizer.
- Isopropyl Alcohol 99.8%%. Isopropyl alcohol is a solvent used to make cannabis concentrates like RSO. Use it full strength for hand sanitizer. Isopropyl Alcohol 70% is commonly available in drug stores but is not strong enough for this application. However, it makes homemade alcohol wipes. Please see description below.
- H202 (Hydrogen Peroxide) 3%. Hydrogen peroxide 3% is commonly available from the drug store. Alternatively, 29% Hydrogen Peroxide (strong oxidizer) can be diluted to 3% by mixing 9 parts purified water with 1 part 29% H2O2. Use extreme caution and wear gloves when working with 29% H2O2 because it can cause chemical burns and it is flammable.
- Glycerol 98%. Also called glycerine, it is commonly available in health stores as Vegetable Glycerine.
- Distilled water or boiled, then cooled water.
751.7 mL Isopropyl Alcohol 99.8%
41.7 mL H2O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide) 3%
14.5 mL Glycerol ( Vegetable Glycerine)
Pour alcohol into a 1 Litre measuring cup.
Add Hydrogen Peroxide.
Add Glycerol. If glycerol sticks to the sides of your measuring device, rinse with distilled or cold, boiled water into the 1 litre container.
Top up with distilled or cold boiled water to 1000 mL.
Mix with wooden, plastic or metallic paddle.
Immediately divide hand sanitizer into smaller containers. Cap immediately to prevent evaporation.
Quarantine hand sanitizer bottles for 72 hours. H2O2 eliminates any spores present in the containers during this time.
How To Make Hand Sanitizer
- Glass measuring cup
- 751.5 mL Isopropyl Alcohol 99.8%
- 41.7 mL Hydrogen Peroxide 3%
- 14.5 mL Glycerol (Vegetable Glycerine)
- Distilled or cold, boiled water
- Pour Isopropyl Alcohol into a 1 L glass measuring cup.
- Pour Hydrogen Peroxide into measuring cup.
- Pour Vegetable Glycerine into measuring cup.
- Top up the measuring cup to 1000 mL with distilled water or cold, boiled water.
- Stir ingredients together with a wooden, plastic or metal paddle.
- Pour into smaller bottles and cap immediately to prevent evaporation.
- Quarantine bottles for 72 hours. Any spores present in the bottles will be eliminated by Hydrogen Peroxide in this time period.
Make Your Own Disinfecting Wipes
If you have 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, you can easily make your own disinfecting wipes. Simply cut paper towels into manageable squares, fold up and put in a resealable bag and moisten with alcohol. Close. Now you have hand sanitizer wipes that you can take anywhere.
Please stay safe and be kind to one another.
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