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How to make your own hand sanitizer

When viruses spread, shops quickly sell out of disinfectant, and it can therefore be practical to make your own hand sanitizer at home - and it’s easier than you think! Below are some different recipes and tips that you might want to take a look at.

  • Recipe for homemade hand sanitizer
  • The best way to wash your hands with hand sanitizer

Recipe for homemade hand sanitizer

When you want to make your own disinfectant, you can choose between making a gel or a spray. Be sure to have the appropriate container ready, and then just mix. Remember to use a sufficiently strong alcohol - ready-mixed hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. For example, you can use rubbing alcohol. Here we present a few different recipes for hand sanitizer.

Homemade hand sanitizer

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Hand sanitizer gel with essential oils


60 ml alcohol

30 ml water

2 ml xantham gum

2 teaspoons glycerin

10 drops essential oil

Preparation: Mix the ingredients together. Xanthan gum and glycerin are optional for texture and to prevent a drying effect on the skin. The essential oil provides a wonderful scent and is naturally antiseptic.

Alcogel with coconut oil


200 ml alcohol

100 ml coconut oil

Preparation: Mix the ingredients well and pour into a pump bottle or other flexible container. In a pinch, an ordinary PET bottle that has been thoroughly washed will work fine.

Alcospray with glycerin


150 ml water

350 ml alcohol

10 cl glycerin

Preparation: Dilute the alcohol with water and add glycerin if you want an alcohol spray that does not dry out the skin. Pour into spray bottle.

Wash properly with rubbing alcohol

Hand sanitizer is a simple and effective way to disinfect hands when soap and water are not available, or to improve the antibacterial effect after hand washing. To remove all bacteria, however, a proper cleaning is required.

1. Start by washing your hands with soap and water if possible. Dry thoroughly.

2. Pump or spray a blob of rubbing alcohol on dry hands. It is the rubbing that cleans the hands: start with circular movements in the palms. Rub between the fingers of both hands, as well as the thumbs. Clench one hand and rub the nails against the palm of the other hand and vice versa. Allow to dry.

3. Follow up with a nourishing hand cream to add moisture and nourishment to the skin. Hand sanitizer gel is dehydrating for the hands.

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