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Homemade Hand Sanitizer and Wipes

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, people have begun to panic buy and are hoarding many household essentials such as hand sanitizer and wipes. What many people do not realize is that you can easily make your own hand sanitizer and wipes at home if you have supplies like isopropyl alcohol, aloe gel (like the kind you use to heal a sunburn), water, dish soap, and towels (either paper towels or reusable hand towels) laying around your home.  4-H is all about hand-on learning. So what better way to teach your kids how to use their resources and become mini scientists while making their own necessities like hand sanitizer. Below are instructions for how to make your own hand sanitizing gel, hand sanitizing spray, and sanitizing wipes.

Hand Sanitizer Gel:
Supplies

Mixing Bowel

Wire Whisk

(2) 4 Oz. Plastic Squeeze Bottles

3/4 Cup of Isopropyl Alcohol (91%)

1/4 Cup Aloe Vera Gel (Clear or Green)

Directions
  • Pour alcohol and aloe vera gel into a mixing bowl
  • Begin to whisk ingredients until you achieve the desired consistency of your sanitizer
  • Pour the mixture into two  4oz. plastic squeeze bottles
  • Use sanitizer as often as necessary
Hand Sanitizer Spray
Supplies

Mixing Bowel

Wire Whisk

Travel Spray Bottle

1 Cup Isopropyl Alcohol (91%)

1/4 Cup Aloe Ver Gel (Clear or Green)

Directions
  • Pour alcohol and aloe vera gel into a mixing bowel
  • Begin to whisk ingredients until well mixed (Mixture will be runny.)
  • Pour mixture into a spray bottle
  • Spray on hands as often as necessary
Sanitizing Wipes
Supplies

Plastic Storage Container (about the size of a shoebox)

Paper Towel Roll (or reusable hand towels if you would like to conserve resources)

Mixing Bowel

Spoon

2 Cups Water

3/4 Cup Isopropyl Alcohol (91%)

6 tsp of Dish Soap (scented or unscented)

Directions
  • Pour water, alcohol, and dish soap into a mixing bowel
  • Stir ingredients until well dissolved and put to the side
  • Place paper towels or hand towels into the storage container
  • Pour mixture over the top of the towels rotating to ensure even coverage
  • Place the lid on the container (towels will stay moist for about one week)
  • Use towels as necessary to sanitize hands and surfaces
Considerations

There are several different ways that you can make your sanitizer. Some people do not like the strong scent of the alcohol and opt to add lemon juice or essential oils to achieve a more desirable smell. It is important to note that whatever recipe you use, the Center for Disease Control recommends that hand sanitizer have an alcohol content of at least 60% to be effective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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