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How To Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

by BUST Magazine

There is a natural tendency of the mind to focus on the negative. Every day, we receive hundreds of positive reinforcements that suggest the universe will continue to support us. But we also receive negative information when we read inflammatory news about the election or the coronavirus. On my frequent subway rides in Manhattan these days, I am aware when my mind vacillates between panic and rational thinking. Making my own hand sanitizer calmed my fears of catastrophe and disease for several hours. It’s hygienic and therapeutic! Makes a great gift! 

Purell is sold out everywhere, anyway, and this homemade version is better not only because it kills germs, but because it’s customizable with essential oils.  


  • 1/3 Aloe Vera Gel (real stuff from health food store) or fake stuff from CVS “after sun gel” will work in a pinch.
  • 2/3 Isopropyl Alcohol 70% will kill the germs. (I’ve heard some people have used Vodka, but it is only 40% alcohol.)
  • Add 10 drops essential oil, lavender, lemon, thyme, rosemary or other favorite scent.

Just mix or shake in small containers for traveling.*

*Does not replace soap and water, but useful for dirty subway rides and peace of mind.

By Christine Martin 

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