Natural Hand Sanitizer (60% Ethanol)
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Equipment: Small sanitized spray bottle
Recipe type: DIY
  • 1 ½ cups ethanol (99% or highest you can find - at least 95%)
  • 1 cup unscented alcohol-based witch hazel
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil, optional
  • 5 drops sage essential oil, optional
How To Make
  1. Combine the ethanol, witch hazel, and the essential oils (optional) in a mixing bowl. Mix well to combine.
  2. Transfer to spray bottle.
  3. Let stand 72 hours (as recommended by the WHO) before using for maximum strength.
Storage: Store at room temperature for up to 3 months.

Tip: You can swap witch hazel with aloe vera (this will make the sanitizer less drying and more moisturizing) at a 3:1 ratio. However, note that aloe vera goes bad quickly (without the use of harsh chemicals), in about 3-4 days, so this might not be the most practical option.
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