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Make your own hand sanitizer

    If you aren’t able to find hand sanitizers in stores, you can make your own. Anne Marie Helmenstine, who holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, recently shared how to make homemade hand sanitizer.


    • 2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol
    • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
    • 8-10 drops essential oil, optional (such as lavender, vanilla, peppermint, grapefruit)
    • Bowl and spoon
    • Funnel
    • Recycled liquid soap or hand sanitizer bottle

    Mix the ingredients in a bowl and stir with a spoon. Use the funnel to pour the liquid into the empty bottle. Apply as desired.

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