COVID-19 Preventative Measures: Homemade Hand Sanitizer1
This flyer is best viewed as a PDF. It provides guidance for making hand sanitizer at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In the absence of the availability of commercial hand sanitizers, the World Health Organization recommends the following recipe for homemade hand sanitizer as part of their COVID-19 response. These ingredients can typically be found at drugstores and some supermarkets.
WHAT YOU NEED
Small spray bottle
1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide
1 teaspoon of 98% glycerin
Isopropyl alcohol and sterile distilled or boiled cold water in ONE of the following combinations:
1 cup + 2 tablespoons of 99% isopropyl alcohol PLUS 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon water
1 cup + 3 tablespoons of 91% isopropyl alcohol PLUS 2 tablespoons + 2 and 1/2 teaspoons water
WHAT TO DO
Pour alcohol into a medium container, ideally with a pouring spout.
Add hydrogen peroxide, then glycerin and stir.
Measure and add water.
Sanitize spray bottles by adding in a small amount of leftover alcohol, swirling around and allowing to air dry.
Fill bottle with solution and label clearly with contents.
USING HAND SANITIZER
To use, spray on all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
For More Information
These small quantity recipes are derived from WHO's Guide to Local Production: WHO-recommended Handrub Formulations.