How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer + The Legend of Lupe Hernandez

Lupe Hernandez-Inventor Hand Sanitizer

The urban legend of student nurse, Lupe Hernandez, over the last few decades, has circulated throughout the medical community, as she was the young student nurse who invented hand sanitizer. Most believe this happened sometime in 1966, prompted by a lack of soap and hot water while she was attending Bakersfield College. Others claim Florence Nightingale registered a patent for her hand sanitizer recipe. However, companies such as Gojo Industries, the maker of Purell, “appropriated” it. (Gogo denies it.) Nursing textbooks, college professors and presenters at medical conferences retold this tale with not much traction…that is until coronavirus outbreak hit. Our founder Linda LaRue, a Registered Nurse, has implemented the highest cleanliness standards including face masks, social distancing, frequent, proper hand washing for 20 seconds, and handing out re-purposed hand soap bottles of the below Hand Sanitizer Recipe.

Hand Sanitizer Recipe 


¾ cup of isopropyl or 99% rubbing alcohol

¼ cup of aloe vera gel or glycerin (to help keep your hands smooth and to counteract the harshness of alcohol)

Optional: 10 drops of your favorite essential oil to make it smell nice. I like lavender or a combination of 5 drops rosemary and 5 drops of mint


  1. Pour all ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Mix with a spoon until well incorporated. Then, beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel.
  3. Pour the ingredients into an empty using a funnel to guide the liquid into recycled bottles (I am re-using my Trader Joe’s Hand Wash bottles). Label them “Hand Sanitizer." 

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