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Home made hand sanitiser gel

Published: 2020-03-15 10:01:37 +0000
Categories: Misc,

Not really a recipe in the sense of what I normally post here, but it seemed like the best place to file it all the same.

Hand sanitiser is currently sold out pretty much everywhere, however we've people in the family who might be especially vulnerable to COVID-19 so need to minimise the chances of us contracting and communicating on.

So, as I keep some Isopropyl around anyway, I decided to make my own. The consistency isn't quite the same as shop-bought - it's a little more runny.

The recipe also uses some tea-tree essential oil, as it's supposed to have anti-bacterial and anti-septic effects. Unfortunately I can't stand the smell of the stuff, so I added a few drops of lime essential oil to help mask it a bit.

The measures below will create about 60ml (give or take depending on the essential oil), you should increase proportionally if you need more - to be effective the alcohol content must be at least 60%, the measures given will create a 64% concentration (assuming your total essential oil addition weighs in at 1ml, which is perhaps over generous).

You need 99.9% Isopropyl for this, using 70% won't work as you'll water it down below that important 60% mark. You can, however, dehydrate 70% Isopropyl (or even 50%) to get near-pure alcohol.

Preparation Time

Prep: 5 mins
Cooking: mins
Total: 5 mins




  • 39ml 99.9% Isopropyl Alcohol (ethanol - like grain spirit - will do if you can't get IPA)
  • 18ml Pure Aloe Vera Gel
  • Tea Tree essential oil
  • Lime essential oil (optional)
  • A bottle to put the final mixture in


  1. Put the Aloe Vera into a bowl
  2. Stir it with a metal/wooden spoon to help break it down a bit
  3. Add the Isopropyl and carefully stir in
  4. Add 10 drops of tea-tree oil
  5. Add 4 drops of Lime essential oil (optional)
  6. Stir together
  7. Use a dropper or a funnel to put into the bottle


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