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DIY Hand Sanitizer, Dish Soap and More

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How to make your own effective hand sanitizer, soap and more

DIY Hand Sanitizer

At the advice of healthcare experts in response to the Coronavirus, we all know we should be washing our hands constantly with soap and water. And when hand washing is not an option, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is recommended. Unfortunately, effective hand sanitizer has been out of stock nationwide. But like many products, it’s possible to make your own. It’s not only healthier, but you can also reduce packaging when you buy ingredients in large containers or by refilling your own. It’s easy to follow the steps below and make your own DIY hand sanitizer with just a few ingredients, courtesy of Real Simple.

  • 2/3 c. 99% rubbing/isopropyl alcohol
  • 1/3 c. aloe vera gel
  • essential oils (optional)

Thoroughly mix the alcohol and aloe together (make sure your mixture contains at least 60% alcohol), add an optional drop or two of essential oils, add to your own pump bottle, and you’re ready to start sanitizing!

For more information, see When & How to Use Hand Sanitizer from the CDC, and Hand Sanitizer Dos and Don’ts from the New York Times.

DIY Dish Soap

Dish soap is also often full of unnecessary ingredients, and is simple and more eco-friendly to make at home. Thanks to Remodelista, we’ve got a step-by-step guide, including photos and healthy ingredients.

Bulk Liquid Soap for Multiple Uses

Pure Castile soap can be a life saver if you’re looking for an effective, non-toxic, bulk option that serves many cleaning purposes (18 actually!). See Dr. Bronner’s Cheat Sheet with diluting tips. We find Castile a little drying for everyday use, but it’s perfect for serious jobs, when combined with a moisturizer, and in a pinch. The company walks the walk too, and only offers pure, organic and fair trade soaps.

DIY Hand Balm for Super Dry Hands

If you find your hands overly dry after all this washing and sanitizing, we found a great DIY moisturizing balm. Rich Honey Hand Balm for Super Dry Hands by Hello Glow can also be used as an after-shower lotion or hair conditioner. U-Konserve Mini Containers are perfect for storing your new homemade balm. Watch Package Free Shop founder Lauren Singer’s Mini Container recommendation and good luck with your homemade essentials!