How To Make Your Own Salon Hand Sanitizer

As we all know, the Coronavirus outbreak has caused a run on hand hygiene gel and we know this may have left you struggling to find a supply.  Even if you can find some, many unscrupulous sellers are currently charging sky-high prices.  So what can you do?

Firstly, remember that although hand sanitizer is a good way to slow the spread of viruses, washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the most effective way to make them hygienically clean.   Your team can simply wash their hands between clients, and you could consider asking your clients to wash their hands on arrival.  In these difficult times, it wouldn’t seem an unreasonable a request.

Salon Hand Sanitizer

Here are some points about salon hand sanitizers gel to bear in mind:

  • There are many lesser known brands appearing on the market to satisfy demand.  If you opt for one of these, make sure it contains strong alcohol, at least 60% volume.  Any less than this and it won’t work.
  • The sanitizer must be applied to dry hands if it is to work effectively.
  • Hand sanitizer will not work effectively on very dirty or greasy hands – these need to be washed.
  • If you decide to make your own sanitizer (see below), make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol.  Some recipes suggest using spirits such as vodka, but these are usually only 40% proof so wouldn’t be strong enough.
  • Don’t rely on essential oil- based products as an alternative – they won’t be strong enough.
  • Don’t rely on baby wipes as these don’t have alcohol in them, and they are less effective than hand sanitizer or hand washing.
  • Anti-bacterial wipes don’t always contain alcohol either.  This means they are also less effective than either hand sanitizer or hand washing.

How to make your own Salon Hand Sanitizer

By following the correct recipe, it is possible to make your own effective, natural and moisturising hand sanitizer gel for use in your salon.

The key ingredients you will need are:

  1. Alcohol at 60% volume (surgical spirit or possibly strong vodka)
  2. Moisturising conditioner as a carrier for the other ingredients (such as aloe vera gel or hand cream)
  3. Fragrance (essential oils)

You could try the following for a 100 ml gel.  Take:

  • 40ml of aloe vera gel
  • 60ml of surgical spirit or high proof vodka
  • 3-4 drops of lemon juice (which is antibacterial, astringent and cleansing)
  • 30 drops of tea tree essential oil (which is anti-viral,antibacterial and antiseptic.)

Mix together the alcohol, lemon juice and oil, then combine with the aloe vera gel. Mix well together.  Then pop it into a pump dispenser or a squeezy bottle.   Use coloured bottles if possible to prevent the essential oil from being exposed to the light.

Other recipes suggest adding Vitamin E to soften the skin on the hands or lavender oil for fragrance.

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