Hand sanitiser

When it comes to preventing the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, nothing beats good old-fashioned hand-washing. But if water and soap aren’t available, your next best option is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

Only use homemade hand sanitisers in extreme situations when hand-washing isn’t available for the foreseeable future. Don’t use homemade hand sanitisers on children’s skin as they may be more prone to use them improperly, leading to a greater risk of injury.


Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol - (99 percent alcohol)

Aloe vera gel

An essential oil, such as tea tree oil or lavender oil, or you can use lemon juice instead.


Pour all ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a pouring spout like a glass measuring container. Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitiser into a gel. Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it “hand sanitiser.”

Juliana Albuquerque