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DIY Hand Sanitizer Using Grain Alcohol (Non-Toxic)

April 1, 2020

Last week, I wrote this post about how I made my own hand sanitizer in an effort to prevent my family from getting the Coronavirus. In doing further research, according to this article and also the CDC website, they are now recommending the solution contain 70% alcohol, instead of the original 60% that I initially wrote about.

I also didn’t love the fact that I am spraying myself and my kids down with rubbing alcohol all the time. So, I did some digging and discovered that grain alcohol, also know as ethanol, which is the kind you drink in liquor (ever heard of Everclear?), has the same ability to kill bacteria and viruses as rubbing alcohol from your medicine cabinet. In fact, rubbing alcohol can either be isopropyl alcohol or it can be ethanol which has been denatured, meaning toxic substances have been added to prevent people from drinking it. Yuck!

Trying to avoid any “toxic” things, I decided to make a new batch of hand sanitizer with the drinkable alcohol. Not that I plan on taking a shot of hand sanitizer, but it just makes me feel better about using it on myself and my family. If the kids want a snack, and we need to spray down beforehand, I don’t want to worry that they might lick their fingers and ingest some of the toxic chemicals.

At any rate, here is my updated DIY hand sanitizer using grain alcohol. I made a larger batch this time since we seem to be going through the stuff at a rapid pace!

  • 8 oz 95% grain alcohol (190 proof)
  • 2 oz pure aloe vera
  • 20 drops vitamin E oil
  • 5-10 drops essential oils

Mix everything together until the aloe is dissolved and then pour it into a spray bottle. Ideally, when using essential oils, you want to use glass containers as the oils can break down plastics over time.

I’ve been impressed with this hand sanitizer as it doesn’t seem to dry my hands out! I’ve also been spraying it on doorknobs, faucets, light switches, toilet handles, and other frequently touched items around the house.

Niki French

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  • mir April 27, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Found this article very helpful, easy to read and understand, as well as, informative. Just what this ” DIY momma” needed. Tks

    • Niki French April 28, 2020 at 1:19 am

      Oh yay! This makes me so happy! I am glad it was helpful. Stay safe!

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