CBD Hand Sanitizer [Buy or Make Your Own]

Hand Sanitizer

With the crisis in full swing, something so taken for granted as a hand sanitizer is almost impossible to find, depending on where you live and availability. It seems people are hoarding them right along with the toilet paper. Is it better to buy (if you can find it – I do not joke when I say this!) or make your own? Here, we will discuss the importance of sanitizers, which make an effective one, and give you two recipes to make your own – a regular and a CBD hand sanitizer.

For those of you who would rather buy, there are a couple of companies now making CBD Sanitizer.

What is Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is a liquid or gel and as the word sanitizer implies, to make clean or disinfect germs on the hands. Alcohol-based, they are preferable to washing hands with soap and water for killing microorganisms in a health care setting; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) is the preferred form of hand hygiene in this case.

If it is not a health care setting, washing hands with soap and water is still generally preferred.

When to Use One

Hand sanitizers should not take the place of washing your hands with soap and water for regular hygiene, and especially now, hands should be washed often and at least for 20 seconds.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers won’t kill all types of germs, such as parasites, norovirus, Clostridioides difficile (a bacteria that causes life-threatening diarrhea and is usually a side effect of taking antibiotics), or chemicals. Regular hand washing, on the other hand, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and spreading germs to others.

However, there may be occasions when soap and water will not be available and your next best recourse is a hand sanitizer, or you want added protection after washing.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers have been used in Europe as early as the 1980s and are on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of essential medicines.

To be effective, make sure you use enough sanitizer to cover the surface of the hands completely and rub your hands together until your hands feel dry. Sanitizers should not be used on dirty or greasy hands.

So let’s take a look at a couple of do-it-yourself recipes.

Recipe for Regular Sanitizer

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol 99%
  • 1/3 cup aloe Vera gel
  • 5 – 10 drops of Essential oils such as tea tree oil (you can also use clove, eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, etc.)

Aloe Vera gel moisturizes and prevents dryness while tree tea oil has been known to be used as an anti-inflammatory and to combat viruses and bacteria.

Equipment:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Wooden spoon
  • Funnel
  • Clean bottle(s) with a leak-proof top or screw top.

Instructions:

  • Using a measuring cup, add the 99% rubbing alcohol to a mixing bowl, followed by the aloe Vera gel.
  • Stir well.
  • Add the essential oil(s) to the alcohol and aloe Vera and mix it until combined.
  • Pour into clean bottles and label them. Keep out of reach of children

Recipe for CBD Hand Sanitizer

Why CBD in a hand sanitizer? It is believed that CBD particles better penetrate the skin, is well known for their antibacterial properties, and to kill bacteria. CBD contains Omega 3 – fatty acids (which aids in soothing) along with vitamins A, C, and E.

Added to a sanitizer along with aloe Vera gel, it also moisturizes the hands and prevents drying caused by the alcohol.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol 99%
  • 1/3 cup aloe Vera gel
  • 10 drops High-quality grade THC-free CBD oil or tincture
  • 10 drops Tea Tree essential oil

Equipment:

  • Bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Wooden spoon
  • Clean funnel
  • Clean bottle with a leak-proof top or screw top.

Instructions:

  • Using a measuring cup, add the 99% rubbing alcohol to a mixing bowl, followed by the aloe Vera gel.
  • Stir well.
  • Mix the CBD oil or tincture with the essential oil(s), stir until combined.
  • Add the oil mixture to the alcohol and aloe Vera mixture and combine it.
  • Pour into clean bottles and label them. Keep out of reach of children.

Tip 1:

You can use Ethanol instead which is the alcohol you drink. Vodka is normally 40%, however, there are two vodkas with high alcohol content – a Polish vodka (Spirytus Rektyfikowany) which has a whopping content of 95%, and Balkan 176 comes in at 88% (however, both might be very difficult to buy).

Tip 2:

Spray bottles can be used if you prefer.

Tip 3:

You might need to experiment with essential oils. If you are new to them, read the product description and information on the labels for risks and benefits. If you are prone to rashes or allergy symptoms from pollen and weeds, you need to be especially careful as you could develop contact dermatitis which can be very uncomfortable and painful. If in doubt, do an allergy test.

Where to Order Sanitizer

As I said at the beginning of this article, it is almost impossible to find hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol in many, many areas. This was my situation – no matter which store I went to, I could not find sanitizer or rubbing alcohol. If this is your issue and you are still able to receive mail and parcels, you might want to consider ordering it online.

Uncle Ben's Hand Sanitizer

Uncle Bud’s Hemp Seed Oil Hand Sanitizer with 70% Ethanol 8oz

Uncle Bud’s Hand Sanitizer with 70% Ethanol will kill many harmful germs and bacteria while keeping your hands smooth and moisturized.

Benefits include:

    • Kills up to 99.99% of many harmful germs and bacteria
    • Doesn’t dry out your hands
    • Suitable for all skin types
    • Unscented
    • High in Vitamins A, D, & E
    • Omega-rich to maintain healthy skin
    • Made in the USA

 

Ingredients: Ethyl Alcohol (70%), Water, Glycerin, Carbomer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, (Hemp) Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide.

PRICE: $14.99 (8 ounces)
*while supplies last

 

CBD for Life Hand Sanitizer

CBD for Life Hand Sanitizing Gel

CBD for Life Hand Sanitizing Gel is formulated to effectively eliminate 99.99% germs while soothing and moisturizing the hands. Made with hemp seed extract and aloe leaf juice.

Benefits include:

  • 70% Ethanol Alcohol effectively
  • Conditions skin to prevent dryness
  • Aloe leaf juice soothes and moisturizes
  • Quick absorbing and fast-acting

 

 

Ingredients: Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Carbomer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Extract, Sodium Hydroxide

PRICE: $15 (10 ounces)
*Does not contain CBD

We will add more companies if and when they have added Sanitizer to their list of products.

Final Thoughts

We stress here that washing your hands with soap and water, often, for at least 20 seconds is the first choice for removing all germs from your hands. Consider the hand sanitizers for those times when you aren’t able to use soap and water, or as an added protection after washing.

We hope you won’t let the dwindling supplies of hand sanitizer in the stores stop you from making your own or ordering a CBD hand sanitizer online.

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Have you had any issues in your area finding hand sanitizer? Do you use them or do you rely on soap and water? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “CBD Hand Sanitizer [Buy or Make Your Own]”

  1. Such a great webpage!  Not to mention I’ve never seen a recipe for hand sanitizer before.  I have bookmarked this page and will be making my own sanitizer from now on.  I’m also going to check out the CBD sanitizer.  Looks like a great product to sanitize and to get your daily dose of CBD.  Thanks so much!  

    Reply
    • Hi Jamie. Thanks for stopping by! As long as you can find the ingredients, I too think it is a great idea to make your own hand sanitizer. 

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  2. It’s interesting to know that it is believed that CBD can aid a sanitizer to penetrate the skin and kill more bacteria. Because of the looming pandemic, it wouldn’t hurt to try out hemp seed oil hand sanitizer. I have been looking for more ways to protect myself from getting the coronavirus because I am immune-compromised. With that in mind, I will try to find a store downtown or online that sells CBD hand sanitizer. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Hi Levi,

      Yes, CBD sanitizers have been on the rise and several companies are now providing them along with some good quality masks. I am not sure which country you are in but this link provides many companies to check out. We must do everything we can to protect ourselves, especially if you are immune-compromised.

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