Hand Sanitizer

How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer by Deborah Dolen

At Flavor Laboratories we do have drums of 200 proof Ethyl alcohol (USP Grade ) we typically use for making flavor extracts. Because our loved ones and business associates as well as the overall consumer market so desperately needs hand sanitizer we are re-purposing our drums of ethanol to create “no rinse/ leave on” hand sanitizer as we hold off production of flavored extracts. *This does not replace good handwashing practices which handwashing should be your #1 priority.   How many bottles per case?  That answer depended on how ,amy we could fit in a Flat Rate Box.  (We could fit 12.) So there are twelve 8 ounce bottles to each case. Many of my customers own businesses. One 8 ounce bottle should last one person a month. [We have to sell it by the case to avoid high ship fees for someone wanting just one bottle.]  Click here to order a case. *Product should be to your door within four business days upon ordering.  Orders will include 12 of the dropper caps as shown in photo. We also offer real castile liquid hand soap in that link that can also be used in any soap foamer. 

In this article I will also tell you how to make hand sanitizer yourself if you can secure the right materials. My main concern is the newscasts telling people to “Use Rubbing Alcohol” (typically known as isopropyl alcohol) and that is some dangerous stuff. Isopropyl alcohol can contain lead, mercury, arsenic and the list goes on. It is “denatured” so people do not drink it. It may be good for wiping counter tops down but we direly beg you not to use isopropyl on your skin.

I have one daughter who is a pharmacist and she has a team of like ten people–stuck with no hand sanitizer as well as handling cash at the registers. So I created this with her in mind…a product that is RINSE FREE and several drops is all she or her staff would need. Again, this does NOT replace good hand washing practices! But there are many times we cannot get near a sink. Our product is also great for AFTER washing hands. The formula I created is 70% Ethyl Alcohol, 20% Vegetable Glycerin (to keep hands moist) and 10% liquid castile soap [just saponified olive oil and distilled water]. We did add a touch of Ylang Ylang and Lavender essential oils for a light ‘bouquet’ scent.  At our facilities we use this product after hand washing to dry our hands without using towels.  The alcohol speeds that process up dramatically.

Alcohol has to DRY to become effective. The drying process is what sucks the guts out of the germs, meaning germs can stay alive while still wet. Vegetable glycerin is also great because it naturally contains a certain amount of sugar alcohols and why it never needs a preservative. The natural liquid soap has been proven to break the Corona barrier as the Corona Virus does not like grease busting soap. We do feel Vegetable Glycerin far superior to “Aloe.” This is why we picked VG for our production.

To make your own Hand Sanitizer – your formula should include

80% (190 proof grain alcohol)

15% Vegetable Glycerin and

5% any natural liquid soap.

If you desire to add a few drops of essential oils, add it the alcohol first. That will break it down and make it ready for your next ingredients. Dr. Bronners is one example of what I mean by natural liquid soap. I have also re-opened the Mabel’s Miracle natural liquid soap company located at NaturalLiquidSoap.net and NaturalLiquidSoap.org for Pets.

*Store any alcohol items in a cool place and keep out of reach of children! 

**Some states restrict the “proof” to 150 and that is not as good.  The states you cannot secure 190 proof include most states that begin with the letter “M”  it is illegal to sell the 190-proof variety in California, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Washington, West Virginia, and Virginia.


Deborah Dolen, Senior Flavorist


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