Hand Sanitiser

With the current Covid-19 situation, there is a shortage of hand sanitizer available and also Isopropyl alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol) to make my own hand sanitiser. Can I use Methylated Spirits (Ethonol) as a substitute or will this be toxic to the skin. If I can,then can you provide a good recipe to make some

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Dr Chemical

Yes, metho is fune. 70% solution with water (70 metho, 30 water). That’s all most hand sanitisers are (in a gel form)


If you’re stuck, a 0.1% concentration of benzalkonium chloride will also work. You can buy bottles of concentrate which is suited for skin-based use online.

Some people may be tempted to buy algaecide from Bunnings and then dilute that but note that you π™ˆπ™π™Žπ™ check the MSDS to ensure that the product does not contain anything else aside from water. Hy-chlor’s basic algaecide meets this requirement however it won’t be recommended because it is not produced with the intent of being a hand sanitizer concentrate although it must be safe enough to be used in a pool where there the application tends to come into direct skin contact in pools so…

I’ll let you make up your mind!