DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe (CDC Formula)

( – As we all learned, hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes can sell out much faster than anyone ever suspected. While many companies stepped up to produce these products, there is always the chance that another mad rush to purchase these products could come and wipe out the supply. There’s no need to worry, however, if that does happen you can easily make your own. Here’s how:

The CDC recommends washing your hands with antibacterial soap and water whenever possible. But what should you do when soap and water are not available? Any hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

At least 2/3 of your mixture must contain rubbing alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, ethanol, or even 180 proof spirits (like Everclear or some vodkas). If your mixture meets this criteria, it will kill viruses on contact.

You can get creative with the other 1/3 of your mixture. Adding 1-part aloe vera to your 2-part alcohol mixture will create a gel-like sanitizer. It’s optional, but you can also mix in several drops of essential oil, too. Red thyme, cinnamon and clove have excellent anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties — and they smell great, too.

According to the CDC, hand sanitizer needs to contain at least 60% alcohol, which is why we use a 2 parts alcohol to 1 part aloe ratio.


  • Mix 2 parts alcohol and 1 part aloe vera in a cup or bowl until well combined.
  • Blend in a few drops of essential oil (optional).
  • Funnel your mixture into an empty bottle or applicator of your choice.

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