With the current COVID-19 outbreak, more people are beginning to take personal hygiene seriously. We all want to do our part to keep our community safe, but we don’t have to sacrifice our low waste lifestyle to do it! Staying clean and healthy is not synonymous with single-use! So, we have compiled some of our favorite homemade sanitizer recipes and low-waste disinfecting tips to help you and your family safer and living green!

Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe

It is always more effective to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water if you can. You can check out Alton Brown’s amazing hand washing tutorial by clicking here.

That being said, we don’t always have access to soap and water, so here is the approved recipe from the World Health Organization for DIY hand sanitizer!

What you will need:

  • 1 cup 99% isopropyl alcohol OR 1 cup plus 4 teaspoons 91% isopropyl alcohol
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin (This is a moisturizer, if you don’t have it at home you can use aloe)
  • Boiled water that has cooled
  • Sanitized 2 cup glass measure
  • Sanitized bottles for your solution


  • Boil water on the stove, boil enough to use to sanitize your measuring cup and bottles and set the rest off to the side to cool
  • While the water is cooling, add 1 cup of 99% isopropyl alcohol OR 1 cup plus 4 teaspoons 91% isopropyl alcohol to sanitized glass measuring cup
  • Add 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin or aloe to the mixture.
  • Add a small amount of the cooled water until the mixture hits the 1 2/3 line
  • Mix together then fill your bottles with the mixture

Low Waste Tips for Sanitizing Your Home

The CDC published some amazing tips on how to disinfect your household, here are a few tips for how to tweak some of them to make it more ecofriendly!

  • Most sanitizing wipes have not been approved by the CDC to kill COVID-19. These are incredibly wasteful and best left on the shelf
  • Consider using a rag instead of paper towels when wiping down surfaces in the home, and immediately clean the rag with soap and hot water after use.
  • For disinfecting products that cannot be refilled, make sure you review your city’s recycling policy for the bottles when you are done!

Unfortunately, going zero waste is not always possible when it comes to fighting germs, but society can still be doing better! If we all had the ability to refill our soaps and cleaning solutions, we could have prevented mounds of plastic from entering the landfill.

The technology exists that would allow for us to refill these products, but retailers don’t think it is worth adopting because people like YOU don’t want it. Help us prove them wrong!

Sign the petition today to say #WeWantRefill!