Where did all the Hand Sanitizer go?

March 9, 2020

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Hand Sanitizer (World Health Organizer Formula)

Having a hard time finding hand sanitizer? You are not alone. Many shops sold out of the stuff weeks ago. Fortunately, sanitizing hand rub is easy and inexpensive to make right at home. Here is a recipe that is recommended by the WHO (World Health Organization). It has been scaled down (by science geek G. Chang) for home use.

Hand Sanitizer (WHO Formula)

To make 1-1/3 cups of hand sanitizer, mix up the following in a 2-cup glass measure.

1 cup 99% isopropyl alcohol OR 1 cup plus 4 teaspoons 91% isopropyl alcohol

1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide

And 1 teaspoon glycerin. Glycerin is a moisturizer. Look for it in the cosmetics department at drug stores, supermarkets, and health food stores.

Add enough water to bring the total liquid to 1-1/3 cups. Mix thoroughly.

Pour, via funnel, the sanitizer into small bottles (squeeze-type bottles or spritzer bottles should work). The mixture is not as thick as commercial hand sanitizers.


NOTE: Health authorities indicate that hand washing with soap and water is sufficient, providing we scrub thoroughly (including our fingernails) for at least 20 seconds. Still there are times when you don’t have access to soap and water. Like when you are forced to eat in your car, or when the restaurant bathroom has run our of soap, or the bathroom is so gross that you wouldn’t dream of washing your hands there anyway. Yeah bottles of hand sanitizer are convenient at times.

You might like to label your bottles before filling them.

I hope this helps keep you healthy in this time of Covid 19 or Corona Virus.

Adapted from Kevin Lee Jacobs
A Garden for the House/Delicious Living