DIY hand sanitizer gels & spray

If you’ve ever been with me making yoga mat cleaner sprays or aromatherapy room vs. facial sprays、these are just more of the same idea …but serving a different purpose to keep us well protected and healthy while ultimately, nothing beats proper hand washing.  It’s all good.

But when caught in places and situations when there’s no running water nor soap what are we to do?

Scarcity and Necessity, Mother of Invention? How about anti-viral, anti-bacterial sanitizer:)

No I am not drinking the Vodka (80 proof so only 40% alcohol) for this project is a little low BUT there are Vodkas out there at 60% and more which clears the minimum.  For spray version, just mixing with 20% witch hazel water and bit of hydrogen peroxide, it’s maybe not WHO version but acceptable by most standards.

Here are some items picked up at Trader Joes and Walgreens … the face toner, once 3/4 used, you can pour the 70% alcohol for quick hand sanitizer.  If you want to make the jell, but don’t have the compact dispenser then their hyaluronic moisture boost serum at 30 ml, also once 1/2 used, pour in the 90+% alcohol and few drops of antibacterial essential oils… you have a “Purell”-ish hand sanitizer.  

Easy Hand Sanitizer:

1 cup of isopropyl alcohol (90% min &+ flammable so be careful)

1/8 c hydrogen peroxide

1/2 cup aloe vera gel

15-18 drops of tea tree oil or lemongrass

Mix well and dispense into sanitized mini-lotion dispensers you can carry around.


What if … you cannot find alcohol on store shelves? My aromatherapy teacher used Vodka … most Vodka is at 40% not potent enough for this intended use but there are some out there clears the threshold of 60% alcohol content and that makes for a good substitute. At that point, there’s no dilution needed but just add on the essential oils to add a better sense while getting the antibacterial effect. Here’s the actual How-To by WHO but this is institutional amount and way too much (10 mls !) for most private citizens. So do some math and reduce the recipe amount by 1/20th …) Remember to sterilize everything used in preparing and storing these potions and sprays – and always coming back to … washing your hands well before getting started:)

Note on Alcohol: I always thought of course 90% is better than 70% but according to this, not necessarily !

No longer in denial – Smart & Wise to …

heed the emergency-experts’ recommendation to have one month worth of essentials at all times, more frail you are or more in the position to care for children and the elderly, you need that supply on hand just in case – perhaps people are now playing catch up to this recommendation and thus, store shelves may be empty of alcohol, toilet paper, drinking water, hand wipes or antibacterial hand jells, no face masks … Or I am hearing some taking advantage by selling online for astronomical price or shipping to hot spots around the world for ridiculous profit margin.  I hate that. Exploiting the fears of many and creating scarcity – Isn’t that shameful?

I would be happy to share my 70% alcohol spray should that give you peace of mind.  In terms of yoga studios?  I would keep 1 meter head/head distance from the neighbors; if you feel uncomfortable using community props, bring your own; Or bring your own towel to lay on; wash hands before and after; don’t touch your face or instead use a tissue if you must or do scratch that itch after washing hands.  Also choose a space that’s well ventilated at all times where stale air is flushed out regularly. Or beach or open air places … Don’t give up good healing yoga practices; it’s going to help especially at times like this.  Should you have coughs and sneezes … even with no fever, perhaps you can stay home to keep the nervous and faint of heart to feel comfortable.  But I guess if you are truly paranoid, why show up – we don’t need that vibe.  Fear sucks good energy.  Just stay home.

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Next: Hand-made face masks; Hand-made hand DIY sanitizers … sorry no DIY toilet papers but … Toto Washlet !? While most of us can’t afford the price tag, the ones with dryer – means you don’t need paper. Some day …some day… haha.