Should You Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer Spray?

Tired of bulk hand sanitizer sprays that smell medicinal (or worse, overly floral), and have harsh ingredients you don’t want? If so, you may be ready to grab some supplies and try to make your very own, DIY, hand sanitizer spray. 

Making your own hand sanitizer spray sounds simple enough; find an online recipe, gather up some rubbing alcohol, maybe some essential oils, tiny spray bottles and voila! Instant, made by you, hand sanitizer spray. But is it really that easy? Is it even safe?

The answer isn’t a simple yes or no, it takes a little research to determine if making your own hand sanitizer spray is a good idea… or if you’re better off just finding a high quality hand sanitizer with trustworthy and safe ingredients.

We know what you’re thinking, “I can’t even find hand sanitizer right now!” We get it. COVID-19 has made finding ordinary personal health and wellness supplies almost impossible to find. No wonder more and more people have searched for DIY hand sanitizer recipes than ever before. 

Searching for recipes will turn up numerous blog posts and recipes. You can grab a recipe from news outlets, fashion bloggers, and Instagram influencers. Everyone has their “favorite” recipe, but we at Hope Health Supply wondered if these recipes were actually effective, and more than that, were they safe?

We’ve got all the information you need about homemade hand sanitizer, and about where to look for great commercially manufactured hand sanitizer. 

Why Do You Need To Use Hand Sanitizer?

Maybe hand sanitizer was something you rarely used prior to COVID-19. Maybe you were a hand washing, soap and water purist. Whatever the case, chances are you make use of hand sanitizer on a daily basis now that we are in the midst of the pandemic.

Hand sanitizer is a crucial part of keeping safe during COVID-19. The CDC advises that proper hand hygiene is key to keeping healthy, safe, and slowing the spread of the virus. 

Hand hygiene involves:

  • Washing your hands thoroughly, and often. 
  • Washing with soap and water. It isn’t necessary to use antibacterial soap.
  • Washing hands for at least twenty seconds per wash.
  • Using hand sanitizer in between washes to keep hands sanitized and reduce the spread of harmful germs and bacteria.

It goes without saying that washing your hands with soap and water is best, but when you are away from a sink or need to clean your hands on the go, your go-to is hand sanitizer. A simple application of properly formulated hand sanitizer can remove germs from your hands and keep you safe until you can wash.

Hand sanitizer, however, requires a certain amount of alcohol for it to be considered effective. The CDC states that hand sanitizer needs to have at least 60% isopropyl or ethyl alcohol for it to be effective in killing germs. If you plan to use your hand sanitizer spray to wipe down certain non-porous surfaces, like your smartphone or tablet, the alcohol content should be at least 70%.

As a side note, there are some ingredients that should never be found in hand sanitizer, like methanol. Methanol is a wood alcohol that is toxic to humans and has been found in some hand sanitizers that were manufactured since the onset of COVID-19. This has prompted the FDA to issue a warning and compile a list of hand sanitizers that should be avoided. 

Now you know why you need hand sanitizer, now you should know what’s involved if you try to make your own. 

How Do You Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer?

As previously mentioned, you can find a DIY hand sanitizer on practically any lifestyle blog, new media outlet, or even your favorite social media platform. Unfortunately, many of these recipes lack the proper amount of alcohol content, or require you to purchase products that you may have a hard time locating, especially if you’re already unable to locate any hand sanitizer. 

The only way to know for certain that your hand sanitizer will be effective is to follow the World Health Organization recipe, and even then, there are some major concerns you’ll have to be aware of so you don’t get a failed formula.

Should You Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer Spray?

There are there things that can go wrong when you attempt to make your own hand sanitizer spray, and render your creation useless:

  • Preparation. There’s a lot that can go wrong during the preparation of your own hand sanitizer. You aren’t going to be working in a sterile environment, so there’s a chance you could end up with a contaminated hand sanitizer that is only effective in spreading germs onto your hands instead of clearing them.
  • Formula. Even if you follow the recipe as closely as possible, there’s always a chance you could get it wrong. For instance, if you use the incorrect concentration of rubbing alcohol (there are different strengths), you could end up with a formula that is either too weak, or worse, dangerously strong and harmful. 
  • Consistency. Getting the consistency right for a hand sanitizer spray can be pretty impossible. Especially if you use any type of emollient or moisturizing agent, you could end up with a formula that is too thick to be sprayed from a spray nozzle.

Additionally, if you attempt to make a hand sanitizer gel, there’s a good chance you could end up in a particularly sticky situation; gels are notoriously goopy and can clog the nozzles of your bottles.

All things considered, it is a risky business to make your own hand sanitizer spray. If you get any part of the process wrong, you could end up with a hand sanitizer that doesn’t sanitize a thing at all, or a formula so dangerous it could harm your skin. 

Your best bet is to order hand sanitizer from a reputable company that you trust.

Where Can I Buy Hand Sanitizer?

If you’re looking for effective hand sanitizer that meets CDC guidelines, we can help. 

Hope Health Supply offers high quality hand sanitizer in convenient, pen-shaped sprays that are great for stashing in your car, handbag, desk drawer, and anywhere else you might need to use it. 

Our hand sanitizers contain 75% ethyl alcohol, so you can use them on your hands and on non-porous surfaces. The small, convenient sizes make it easy for even children to use; just make sure they’re being supervised! 

Not familiar with Hope Health Supply? We’re happy to meet you, and we’re happy to help you and your loved ones stay safer while we all battle COVID-19 together. 

We offer high-quality, FDA-registered personal protective items, including masks, no-touch thermometers, oximeters, and yes, hand sanitizer. No matter what you need to do your part and stay safe during the pandemic, we’ve got you covered.

You can trust us to always have reliable products and to never gouge prices. You can get what you need with peace of mind, knowing you paid a fair price for a high quality product. We’re all in this together, and we’re all doing our part to protect ourselves and protect one another. 

We’ve got the hand sanitizer you need, so you can spend your online time doing something other than searching for a hand sanitizer recipe. 

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/hand-sanitizer.html

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/your-hand-sanitizer-fdas-list-products-you-should-not-use

https://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/Guide_to_Local_Production.pdf