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How to make your own hand sanitizer

The key ingredients are petroleum-based isopropyl alcohol along with aloe vera gel.

Did you know you can make your own hand sanitizer using petroleum-based isopropyl or rubbing alcohol? Don’t pay sky-high prices online for Purrell. Here’s a recipe by Dr. Rishi Desai, chief medical officer of Osmosis, we found on Healthline.com.

Hand sanitizer recipe


  • 3/4 cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent).
  • 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel (helps counteract the harshness of alcohol).
  • 10 drops of essential oil (e.g. lavender oil) or use lemon juice instead.


  • Pour all ingredients into a bowl.
  • Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel.
  • Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use.