Can I Make My Own Purell Hand Sanitizer?

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When you need to kill bacteria and germs, it’s hard to beat a good scrubbing with soap and water, but when those items aren’t available, a strong, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is an acceptable alternative. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the United States in 2020, stores quickly sold out of all the different types of hand sanitizer.

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending regular handwashing and hand sanitizing, many people turned to alternative homemade "recipes" to make their own hand sanitizers. To be effective, hand sanitizer has to meet certain antibacterial criteria, but it also needs to be safe. Can you make hand sanitizer at home that's similar to Purell and meets all these requirements? Let’s find out!