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Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe

Adding things like “hand sanitizer,” “toilet paper,” or anything with the word “Lysol” in it to your grocery list is currently an embarassing, pointless act.

Here is a recipe for a homemade hand sanitizer that our daycare provider shared with us.

You WILL need a bottle of 99% isopropyl alcohol and a bottle of glycerine or glycerol (you can use whichever is least expensive). Both of these items are becoming difficult to find, but easier than finding hand sani.

If you live here in B.C., know that London Drugs  is still receiving these items three times a week: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If you get there at open, you may be able to snag them. I found the vegetable glycerine at a very small Pharmasave, so don’t forget about your local, small, independently-owned drugstores who are still getting stock.


  1. 99% isopropyl alcohol

  2. glycerine or glycerol

  3. In a one-cup measuring cup, add 80 ml or just over ¾ cup of the alcohol.

  4. Top it up to the one cup mark with the glycerol or glycerine and mix. (I used a whisk.)

  5. Pour the mix into clean, reusable, travel liquid containers.

When you are ready to use it, rub the mix on your hands for 15 seconds and let it air dry. Obviously, do not drink this mixture, even if BCL closes.


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