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So, the store is all out of hand sanitizer and you’re feeling a bit nervous.

Good news. If you have these common household items around the house, you already have everything you need to make your own homemade hand sanitizer.

To get started, here’s what you need:

  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Rubbing Alcohol (at lest 60 percent alcohol). [Ed. No, gotta use at least 91+ percent! Normal rubbing alcohol. Sorry. —Ed.]
  • Essential Oils (optional)

Once you’ve got your ingredients. The New York Times reports that the recipe is a simple two parts rubbing alcohol to one part aloe vera solution.

To make a standard amount, most online sources recommend mixing 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol (at least 91 percent alcohol to achieve the recommended 60 percent alcohol solution as recommended by the CDC) and 1/3 cup aloe vera gel. As an added bonus, if you have some essential oils around the house, which everyone in Humboldt does, you can customize the scent of your sanitizer with a couple of drops of oil. Then just mix it all up, store it however you see fit and you’ve got your own artisanal hand sanitizer.

If you need a little more guidance, here’s a couple of instructional videos we found on YouTube.