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DIY Hand Sanitizer

Due to COVID-19, hand sanitizer has been MIA on store shelves, leaving people scrambling to find any. Of course, if you are able to, you should always wash your hands with good old fashioned soap and water. The lather and time (20 seconds) when you wash your hands is what breaks down viruses, especially coronavirus. But sometimes life happens and you can’t get to a sink, which is where hand sanitizer comes into play! If you can’t find any, you can DIY!





What you’ll need:

  • Rubbing alcohol (get the highest percent you can find, usually, it’s 91%)

  • Aloe vera gel

  • Old sanitizer bottle

  • Essential oil (for scent. It’s not needed if you want unscented!)



**Per CDC guidelines, if you’re making hand sanitizer, your rubbing alcohol needs to be at least 60% alcohol to be effective.


Directions:


  1. Fill your bottle up ⅔ of the way for rubbing alcohol

  2. Fill the rest of the bottle up with the aloe vera gel. This will help protect your hands and skin from the rubbing alcohol, which can be drying and harsh.

  3. Add essential oils if desired, about 10-15 drops.

Cap your bottle and shake it well to mix all the ingredients.



You need to use the hand sanitizer properly in order for it to be effective, the same as hand washing. Put some in the palm of your hand and then cover both sides of your hands thoroughly. Work the sanitizer between your fingers as well as your palms and back of your hand. Continue rubbing your hands until they’re dry.



Stay safe out there!



XOXO,

Squeaky Green House Clean


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