With fears of the coronavirus spreading, I’m sharing my favorite DIY homemade hand sanitizer spray to help protect against viruses. As I say in the video, and along with CDC guidelines, this spray should not take the place of proper hand-washing but is useful in a pinch, or when you’re on the go.
I’ve been making a list of all the places to store one of these easy DIY Homemade Hand Sanitizer Spray, and I wanted to share it with you too:
- In my car (SO handy)
- In my purse
- In my shopping bags (for spraying down carts, baskets, etc.) in case wipes aren’t available
- In my daughter’s backpack
- Tethered to my doggy leashes
Leave me a comment if you have more ideas for where to keep this spray!! I’m hoping I can build out my list!!
Rubbing alcohol is hard to find, as the stores are running out of supplies. I have found some here. But chances are we’ll need to keep looking as supplies run out. This is 99%, which is the BEST option. I cannot stress this enough. I wrote 90% on my bottle in the video, but it’s actually 99% that you want to try to find.
If you cannot find rubbing alcohol, you may be able to find grain alcohol in some states at the liquor store. But it needs to be 151 proof.
I also want to be crystal clear that we cannot JUST rely on essential oils for protection against viruses. While science has shown some of them to be anti-viral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal, in the instance of a serious virus such as COVID-19, it would be very unwise to think that using essential oils exclusively can or will give you the protection that you need.
Here are the wonderful organic aromas essential oils that I use.
2-ounce dark glass sprayer bottles
- 1 cup of rubbing alcohol 70% or 99% or grain alcohol (151 proof)
- 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
- 1/3 cup of water if using 99% alcohol, 1/4 cup of water if using 70% alcohol
- 1 tsp vegetable glycerine or aloe vera gel
- 30 drops of essential oil of your choice
I used 5 drops of:
- 5 drops of rosemary
- 5 drops of sweet orange
- 5 drops of cinnamon
- 5 drops of cedarwood
- 10 drops of eucalyptus.
- Make sure you sanitize your tools and counter before starting.
- Pour all the ingredients into a measuring cup and mix well.
- Pour into dark glass sprayers.
- You need to use dark glass (or plastic) as the opacity will protect the formula from degrading.