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The easy way to make hand sanitizer at home

During any public health crisis, there's nothing more important than staying clean. But what if you can't get hand sanitizer? Or what if hand sanitizer suddenly costs an extortionate amount? The good news is, it's easy to make hand sanitizer at home.

Ingredients to make hand sanitizer at home

With this guide, we'll show you how to make a ton of hand sanitizer at home, so you only need to do it once. If you want smaller quantities, just adjust the recipe as necessary. Make sure, though, that the alcohol never falls below 75%, or it won't work.

What you need to make hand sanitizer at home:

How to make your hand sanitizer

Easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Mix the alcohol with the glycerine. 
  2. Mix in the hydrogen peroxide then the distilled or boiled water. Again, actual distilled water is optional. You're fine to boil some water, let it cool, then use that.
  3. Load the solution into your spray bottle. This is a spray, not a gel.

Useful tips for your hand sanitizer

You don't strictly need the glycerine, but it'll keep your hands from drying out. If you don't have any, or you'd rather skip this ingredient, that's fine -- maybe just have some moisturizer on hand. (ha)

If you've had to get alcohol with less than 99%, make sure to adjust the water volume accordingly...the alcohol content can't fall below 75%, or your hand sanitizer won't work.

In addition to using this on your hands, you can also spray it on a paper towel to wipe down surfaces.

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Carter Hopkins

Carter is a former US Army Ranger, US Army intelligence officer, and counterintelligence officer with the Defence Intelligence Agency. He has a BA in Political Science from UCLA and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown.

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