How to Make Your Own Antiviral Hand Sanitizer

March 10, 2020

How to Make Your Own Antiviral Hand Sanitizer - Olavie

Many people already know that aloe vera is great for burns and sunburn as it is highly anti-inflammatory. Did you know that it also has antiviral properties?

Since the recent outbreak of coronavirus, the demand for hand sanitizers has gone through the roof . Some stores have totally run out or the prices have gone up a lot. The CDC recommends washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds among other things. And if soap and water are not readily available, they recommend you use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

As an antioxidant skin care purveyor, we know alcohol is drying for the skin. So why not pair it with soothing aloe vera if indeed you want to make your own natural product? While there is not yet any study on the effect of aloe vera on coronavirus specifically, it has been established that aloe polysaccharides inhibit influenza A virus infection. So here is a recipe that you can try to make your own hand sanitizer.

Scrape aloe vera gel with a spoon


  1. Scrape off 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel from a fresh aloe leaf with a spoon.
  2. Add 3/4 cup of rubbing alcohol to it and mix well in a blender.
  3. Strain mixture and discard aloe vera fiber.
  4. Put strained liquid it into small spray bottles or bottles with flip-top cap or pump so you can easily carry them around with you and use as needed.


  • Rubbing Alcohol (99% alcohol volume) or 190 proof grain alcohol – 3/4 cup
  • Aloe Vera Gel – 1/4 cup


You can buy an aloe leaf in certain supermarkets and scrape off fresh gel from inside the leaf. One large leave will give you plenty of gel. Or you can just buy an aloe plant and cut a leaf off. If you are using a large leaf, you can cut out a section off the wider end to get the amount of gel you need and then wrap a cling wrap around the remaining section to store in the fridge for later use.

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