Trouble finding hand sanitizer? Here’s a recipe to make your own

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Fears of catching COVID-19 has many people rushing to stock up on supplies. This is exactly what health experts say you should be doing, but the longer you wait, you may find bare shelves in place of certain items.

Stores in the Spokane area and beyond are reporting limited supplies of certain items like face masks, wipes, hand soap, and hand sanitizer.  Some supplies are so low sellers are taking advantage of the demand by raising prices far higher than usual. On Amazon, listings for a two pack of hand sanitizer were going for $84.99, another seller was advertising a bottle for $107.99.

Amazon says it will crack down on this price gouging, and says it has already blocked millions of products for that and other misleading claims.

If you are having trouble finding hand sanitizer, there is a simple way you can make some yourself.

Homemade Hand Sanitizer:


  • 2/3 Cup 99% rubbing alcohol or ethanol (anything used must be at least 60 percent alcohol)
  • 1/3 Cup aloe vera gel
  • 8-10 drops essential oil (optional for a nice scent… good choices include lavender or vanilla)


  • Mix ingredients together in medium sized bowl
  • Pour mixture into bottle using a funnel (leftover hand soap bottles work great!)
  • Use as needed

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