How To Make Hand Sanitizer In Nigeria

Due to popular demand and of course the ongoing pandemic — which has led to the hike in prices of many goods and services; Entlifeonline has decided to come up 3 different ways you can produce your own hand sanitizer at home in Nigeria.

Needless to say, hand sanitizers happen to be very high in demand right now . And if there’s any time you can profit from this lucrative business idea, now is the time.

In this guide (how to produce hand sanitizer in Nigeria); I am literally going to explain in details how to make your own hand sanitizer. And also how you can market them.

Here is a quick one though…

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Now that’s just a snippet. It not really the type I want to show you right here.

But before we get into it here’s  an official statement called,

“CDC Statement for Healthcare Personnel on Hand Hygiene during the Response to the International Emergence of COVID-19,”

the Centers for Disease Control recommended ethanol-based (alcohol-based) sanitizers such as hand sanitizer as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“CDC recommendations reflect the important role of hand hygiene for preventing the transmission of pathogens in healthcare settings for a wide range of pathogens,” the statement says. “The ability of hand hygiene, including handwashing or the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers to prevent infections is related to reductions in the number of viable pathogens that transiently contaminate the hands.”
It continues, “Handwashing mechanically removes pathogens, while laboratory data demonstrate that 60% ethanol and 70% isopropanol, the active ingredients in CDC-recommended alcohol-based hand sanitizers, inactivates viruses that are genetically related to, and with similar physical properties as, the 2019-.”
The CDC also recommended alcohol-based hand sanitizers as the “preferred form of hand hygiene in health care settings.”

From the above, you can tell that one of the key ingredients you’ll be needing is alcohol.

Therefore, without any further ado, let’s get into details on how to produce hand sanitizer in Nigeria.

And like I said earlier, I am going to show you 3 different methods you can use to make hand sanitizer in Nigeria for business…

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Here we go…

Method 1: Materials & Ingredients Needed To Make Hand Sanitizer In Nigeria.

How to make hand sanitizer in Nigeria

  • Antiseptic Powder

  • Water (4 litres)

  • I.P.A

  • Ethanol

  • Fragrance (perfume)

  • Bowl (20 litres paint bucket)

  • Spoon

  • Funnel

  • Packaging container

Method 1: Procedures On How To Make Hand Sanitizer In Nigeria.

  • Get your bowl ready

  • Empty or pour the antiseptic powder inside the bowl

  • Pour water (around 4 litres will do)

  • Spoon Stir for 10-15 minutes.

At this point, you have the bowl and two solutions inside. Which are water and the antiseptic powder right? Therefore, ensure you stir both solutions very very well until they’re well mixed.

After that…

  • Leave for a minimum of 8-10 hours.

Here, you should probably cover it up and leave it overnight. Most importantly, the purpose of this is to attain a certain level of thickness. That’s why you should carry out the previous step very well.

  • Pour your IPA

IPA refers to isopropyl alcohol. However, it acts as a disinfectant killing all surface microorganisms.

Furthermore, It is also used to disinfect hands and equipment surface in pharmaceuticals.

Needless to say, your IPA powder should be poured/emptied into or inside the same bowl. Yes, the one you which contains your water and antiseptic powder that have stayed overnight.

Lastly, Now mix all solutions together very very well for at least 10 minutes.

  • Pour your ethanol.

…and stir very very well.

Ensure all solution is now very well mixed.

…the more you add more solutions and stir well the thicker it gets. it’s a sign you’re it right.

At this stage, you’re 95% almost done. You can actually leave it this way; but for the sake of a nice scent/odour, the next step comes in handy.

  • Empty your fragrance into the bowl and stir.

Aside from the nice odour, your hand sanitizer will be blessed with after the application of fragrance; it also gives it a very nice colour. So choose the colour of your fragrance depending on how you want your hand sanitizer to appear.

After that, you can then pour your hand sanitizer inside your preferred packing container.

To avoid wasting the content, make sure you get like a small cup, have your funnel placed inside the packaging container, and fill it up.

Meanwhile, all the cash investment on how to produce hand sanitizer in Nigeria using method 1 was ₦2,500 only.

This excludes money for

  • spoon
  • Funnel
  • Packaging container
  • Bowl and water.

Except for a good packaging container, others are frequently home used materials. So I want to believe its something you already have.

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Plus this side hustle is one of the cheapest to start in terms on capital needed; and it’s very lucrative.

Method 2: How To Produce Hand Sanitizer With Aloe vera

Ingredients needed.

  • Aloe vera
  • Ethanol
  • Essential oil

Procedures to make your own hand sanitizer with aloe vera

  • Get some fresh aloe vera

  • Bring out the gel and empty inside a bowl

  • Add ethanol

  • Add essential oil.

  • Mix well

The purpose of essential oil is to give it a nice colour and fragrance. However, your must-have to make aloe vera hand sanitizer are ethanol, essential oil and of course aloe vera. Then ensure you mix it very well.

Method 3

I actually saved the best for last…

…it wasn’t intentional, so don’t get mad.

Firstly, the name of the person who introduced me to this method is Debbie Williams.

Secondly, she happens to be a…

Licensed Hair Practitioner, Nutritionist, Health & Wellness Coach, & Author.

My mission is to help you find the root cause of your hair & scalp issues and to restore your hair & your health through real-life natural remedies.

And thirdly, she’s got one of most detailed information on how to make a hand sanitizer in Nigeria.

Though she’s American, her method can be replicated in Ghana, South Africa etc. Practically, everywhere; and that’s because her ingredients are so easy to find.

Without wasting any time, let’s get into Dr Debbie William’s guide on

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How To Make A DIY Hand Sanitizer.


  • Alcohol

According to Debbie, most people only know about 70% per cent alcohol. And if you check your cabinet, I’m sure that’s what you have. Most people don’t know that there are other higher levels of alcohol.

She further explained…

When it gets into the 90%, that’s what we call – medical grade – alcohol. And that’s what I use in my clinic.

However, she noted that although she normally makes use of 99% alcohol; the alcohol she’ll be using for this program (how to make a DIY hand sanitizer) is 91%. Meanwhile, if you can get your hands a 99% alcohol, that’s perfectly fine.

Debbie laid emphasis on why 70% of alcohol won’t be best to produce hand sanitizer.

70% is not gonna work so well to make your own hand sanitizer. Because when we’re actually going to add other to it…

…a 70% per cent alcohol will become diluted. And it may become when we are done, a 50% alcohol. And a 50% alcohol, the percentage of it is not strong enough to kill viruses and germs.

So again, you wanna look for one that’s at least, 90% or more.

  • Aloe vera 100% .

Debbie emphasized on the need or for a very good one to make your hand sanitizer.

And her criteria for spotting a good one is to check the label and make sure it’s

(a) as pure as possible (there’s nothing mixed in it)

(b) and it’s 100% or 99%.

  • Glycerin

Basically, the reason we’re gonna use glycerin is because it’s moisturizing.

Now you know alcohol is drying; so there’s a lot of people that are showing you how to produce hand sanitizer in Nigeria for business, but there are not adding glycerin in it. So if it’s only alcohol with a little bit of aloe, it could really dry up your hands.

Now here’s the deal.

We don’t want our hands to dry and crack. Because a dry and a crack could break the skin.

And the last thing we want is for our skin to break. Which allows an opening for viruses to get inside our body.

So we wanna basically make sure we’re looking for the right ingredients. So we wanna look for a 90% per cent alcohol or higher; we wanna look for a 99% aloe vera gel or aloe vera liquid; then we wanna look for glycerin. And that’s all we need.

So that’s that on the ingredient…

Step By Step Procedures On How To Make A DIY Hand Sanitizer.

  1. Take one cup of pure (91%) alcohol and pure inside a bowl or your preferred container.

  2. Pour ¼ cup of aloe vera and pour in together.

  3. Add in together ⅓ cup of glycerin.

Remember glycerin gives it (hand sanitizer) the moisturizing in it. Plus it very hydrating.

For those who don’t fancy that strong alcohol small, you want to use some essential oils.

Specifically, Debbie recommends an essential oil that is anti-bacteria for the making of your hand sanitizer. Examples of those include Rosemary essential oil, Lavender oil, Oregano oil etc.

So let’s continue our listing shall we?

4. Add a few drops (10-15) of Lavender oil.

5. Mix well and pour into your packaging container.

How To Market Your Hand Sanitizer In Nigeria.

Hand sanitizer in Nigeria

Branding and packaging happen to be an essential part of marketing since the marketing concept era way back in the 1950s.

So to ensure successful marketing of your hand sanitizers in Nigeria, you need to ensure they are well packaged and branded.

Meanwhile, to specifically answer your question which is how to market your sanitizers, there is one particular basic thing you need to do.

And it’s none other than AWARENESS CREATION.

What does this mean?

There’s already a huge market for hand sanitizers in Ghana, Nigeria and the likes. In essence, there’s always a demand for the product.

Now, AWARENESS CREATION is all about letting those demanding for the product know you have it. And you’re ready to supply them your hand sanitizers for a particular fee.

Different ways to create awareness for your hand sanitizers.

  • Social media advertising (Facebook ads, Instagram ads etc)
  • Personal selling
  • Mass media advertising (advertising via radio, television etc)

As at when I am writing this, the global pandemic is very much on.

…that makes almost everyone alive your target audience and potential customer.

There’s no need for you to be very strategic about ads this time.

When a dad sees it, he buys for the whole family. When the son or child sees it, he tells daddy or mummy about it. And they do their best to let the family have it.

So just get your ads airing on radio or television. Or get them running on Facebook, Instagram etc.


…before i forget.

Just in case you don’t know how to leverage the personal selling aspect, it goes this way…

Personal selling has to do with a face to face interaction between a seller/salesman and the client or prospect; which the seller uses his or her intra-personal skills so convince the client to buy the product his/she is offering.

However, you don’t need all the selling skills in the world to sell your hand sanitizer this period. People already want it.

So your duty is just to look for a store that is running low on hand sanitizers (which is very common these days). Let them have a sample of your hand sanitizer to convince them and that’s it.

You close the deal.

Supply them, you get paid. They sell for a higher price, make their profit and everyone is happy.


So now that you know not 1, not 2 but 3 different methods on how to produce hand sanitizer in Nigeria for business.

What next?

Get to work right now. That’s what next.

However, you know that these are hard times right? You know that people are getting laid off, businesses are collapsing and globally the economy is down.

Now aside from the fact that money isn’t in circulation like it should, people are dying.

I understand the need to seize business opportunities but now is not the right time to extort people. Don’t make them suffer more.

So, even if you must sell your hand sanitizers make it very affordable.

That’s it on how to make hand sanitizers in Nigeria for business.

Note: The methods above can also be used to produce hand sanitizer in Ghana, UK, USA and the likes.

Thanks for stopping by…

Stay safe,

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