Last week Nigeria had its first coronavirus case in the country when an Italian was diagnosed with the ailment in Lagos. Since then the demand for basic sanitary items like hand sanitizers has increased. Proper handwashing is the best way to prevent viruses such as the novel coronavirus. But if soap and water are not available, hand sanitizers are the next best option, if it contains at least 60% alcohol.

Although hand sanitizers are not affordable for low-end users, you can make your own hand sanitizer at home. Below are the ingredients you need to make your own hand sanitizer.


  • 2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • 8 – 10 drops essential oil optional (such as lavender, vanilla, peppermint, grapefruit)
  • distilled water (colloidal silver/ionic silver adds antibacterial power if available)
  • other essential oils (just for scent)
  • funnel
  • recycled liquid soap or hand sanitizer bottle


  • to make, mix aloe vera gel, optional glycerin, and rubbing alcohol in a small bowl
  • add cinnamon essential oil and tea tree oil along with a drop or two of any other oils you want to add for scent. Lemongrass, orange, lavender, and peppermint are good choices
  • mix well and add distilled water (or colloidal/ionic silver) to desired consistency
  • use a small funnel or medicine dropper to transfer hand sanitizer into spray or pump type bottles
  • use as you would any other type of hand sanitizer

Always check with a doctor or healthcare provider before using essential oils, especially on children or if you have a medical condition. Using fresh aloe vera gel isn’t as stable for counter storage; a commercial brand is recommended.