As prices spike for Purell, make your own hand sanitizer for cheap

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Aloe vera gel is one ingredient you’ll need to make hand sanitizer. Photo credit: Rosina-Sch/CC 2.0, via Pixabay

All this talk about coronavirus might make you want to dart out to the store and pick up a bottle of hand sanitizer -- or six. Well good luck finding one. Brands like Purell are flying off shelves, and many stores are sold out. Customers are turning to Amazon and finding bottles that typically sell for about $5 are going for upwards of $20.

To avoid the price gouging, you can make hand sanitizer yourself.

Ingredients 

  • 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol (99% isopropyl alcohol is perfect)
  • 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel

Instructions

-Stir ingredients and put them into a clean soap bottle or reuse an old pump bottle.
-Add a few drops of essential oil if you want it scented.

*Some places are suggesting that vodka will work in lieu of rubbing alcohol. This isn’t entirely true. You’ll need at least 60% isopropyl alcohol to kill bacteria. Vodka is only about 40%. So maybe save that for a drink later.

Credits

Guest:
Abha Bhattarai - retail reporter for the Washington Post

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin