DIY Hand Sanitizer

by Bailey Leuty


There are more than a few recipes on how to make your own hand sanitizer, but is it really recommended? With all the rushed batches that distilleries have made to help replenish the nation’s stores, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns about the inclusion of methanol in hand sanitizers.

When absorbed into the body, methanol can be dangerously toxic, and as such should be avoided as an ingredient to hand sanitizers. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t safer recipes available. Popular Mechanics recommends the following recipe:


⅔ cup 99% isopropyl alcohol
⅓ cup aloe vera gel


1 mixing bowl
1 mixing utensil
a clean funnel
a thoroughly washed and dried bottle with a resealable lid or pump to store the sanitizer


Remember, experts insist the best option for preventing disease is washing your hands with soap and water whenever available. For times when hand-washing is harder to achieve, however, having hand sanitizer readily available is immensely helpful. If you make your own hand sanitizer, make sure to measure the ingredients precisely, otherwise your “sanitizer” could end up doing more harm than good.

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