Keeping a bottle of hand sanitiser nearby is a great way to keep your hands fresh and clean from time to time. While it's not exactly expensive to buy, it's also really easy to make your own, and you may already have the ingredients required. All you need is some aloe vera gel, rubbing alcohol, some essential oil for fragrance and a bottle to keep it all in.
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The actual recipe is pretty simple — one-third of a cup aloe vera gel, two-thirds of a cup of rubbing alcohol, and 8-10 drops of your favourite essential oil to make the whole thing smell good. Mix it all up and pour it into a bottle to store it — if you have a bottle with a pump dispenser on it, like an old lotion bottle or the empty container from your last hand sanitiser purchase, that'll work just fine.
We've shown you a similar recipe a long time ago, but it required much more obscure — and in some cases expensive — ingredients, although it definitely takes the "all natural" prize. Do you make your own hand sanitiser? Swear off the stuff entirely? Let us know in the comments below.