Aisles are less crowded and shelves are emptied of essentials to keep loved ones safe and healthy in these concerning COVID-19 times. So, I wanted to make and share this recipe with variations to make your own sanitizer spray.
Granted, if you are not able to get 99%+ Isopropyl Alcohol or Aloe these days, don’t fret, a trusted MD says studies show alcohol as low as 30% of the overall solution will work. I count my blessings that I was able to find and buy a one gallon bottle…albeit it was a whopping $44 dollars. (Shocking.) But, it is worth having for the next few months and onward as we weather this viral storm here in California and around the globe. Plus, a personal friend who is an ER doctor says the anything above 90% for alcohol hard to find even in normal times and that the highest you can buy commercially outside of medical supply houses is 90%. So, this makes me even more grateful to have found some! So, get a bottle if you can and make your own sanitizer!
INGREDIENTS: 99% Isopropyl alcohol, Organic aloe gel, essential oils of choice, and I like orange peel steeped White Distilled Vinegar.
MIXTURE: 3/5 cup of Alcohol, 1/5 cup Aloe, 1/5 orange peel infused distilled vinegar, 10-15 drops of your preferred essential therapeutic grade oil. (I used lemon, tea tree, and another mix that contained citronella and lemongrass.) (If you use 70% for alcohol, just use 4/5 of cup and 1/5 cup aloe and skip my infused distilled vinegar altogether. Or, the simplest version is just alcohol and water, but I encourage the essential oil for added homeopathic benefit.)
Note: If you are using organic aloe, you will need to filter out the fibers with a stainless steel sifter just in case the fibers get stuck in the sprayer. Or just scoop it out with a fork and squeeze out the crucial alcohol.
Please feel free to use this non-toxic liquid sanitizer with a sprayer you recycle from other used up formulations or fill the little essential oil bottles so it drips out carefully. This is, as one of my dearests friends described, pure gold during these times. So, this is a highly precious gift for those immuno-compromised or unable to get supplies.
Wishing you God’s blessings to provide, protect, sustain, and see you through onto much brighter days ahead!
AND… take note of this similar version by the CDC: https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-make-hand-sanitizer