Joshua likes to have hand sanitizer in his lunchbox, for times when he's supposed to take his (15-minute) lunch break and is at least a 5-minute walk from the nearest sink. (Sometimes he's a 5-minute walk from his lunchbox, too... don't ask me how they expect him to actually eat!)
We purchased a travel-sized bottle of hand sanitizer at Wal-mart for 84 cents, and it lasted quite a while.
A few months ago, I came across a recipe for homemade hand sanitizer on a blog. I'm not sure how I originally found the recipe, but I bookmarked it for the day when Joshua's little bottle was empty.
Last week, I purchased some aloe gel to make the sanitizer. I tried to get a more natural kind (though I know it still had some weird ingredients in it...) and it cost more than I had planned to invest... but, oh well. ($3.97 for 24 ounces)
Before I made my sanitizer, I decided to google for more information. After all, it never hurts to have several recipes to compare, and find the best way to do something before you even start, right? :)
After reading this informative article from The NY Times, along with a few other random links, I realized that the homemade hand sanitizer, which has 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol per CUP of aloe gel, wasn't going to come close to 60% alcohol content(which is the minimum amount needed), and wasn't going to sanitize.
I returned my unopened, unused aloe gel, and instead bought an even bigger bottle of Germ-X hand sanitizer for $4.97.
This amount will probably last us years, which is great, since I'm sticking to good old soap and water in our home! :)
It's nice to feel frugal, and it's fun to make homemade. It's great to save money, but it's best to do some research first!
Friends, be sure to research the things you read about on blogs... including this one. And never hesitate to let me know if I recommend something "questionable". I make mistakes, and I sincerely appreciate the wisdom my readers share here! :)