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How to make Hand Sanitiser with the Turbo 500

How to make Hand Sanitiser with the Turbo 500

At present, alcohol-based sanitiser is the only known means for rapidly and effectively inactivating a wide array of potentially harmful microorganisms on hands. To make alcohol-based hand sanitiser you need pure ethanol alcohol which you can produce with the Turbo 500.

The following recipe has been taken from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is an adaptation of FORMULATION 1 in the following document:


These can be prepared in 15L litre glass or plastic bottles/fermenters with screw-threaded tops. You will need 3 ingredients:

1. Ethanol 93%

You can make this with the Still Spirits Turbo 500. We have prepared a this pack for those of you that don't own one with everything you need minus the sugar (which you can get from the supermarket):

We recommend using Still Spirits Classic 8 Turbo Yeast for this, as this is the highest yielding yeast. You will need to purchase 8kgs of white refined sugar to use with each packet of yeast which you can get from the supermarket.

2. Hydrogen peroxide 3%  

You can buy this from your local pharmacy or from Amazon Australia here: Hydrogen peroxide 6%

3. Glycerol 98% or Aloe Vera Gel

You can also buy these from your local pharmacy and some supermarkets, or on Amazon Australia here: Glycerol 98% or Aloe Vera Gel


Step 1: Make Pure 93% Ethanol

For this you need the Turbo 500. If you don't have one, we have made this pack specifically for this. Below we have two how-to videos showing how to do this.  



Please refer to this page for more detailed written instructions:


Step 2: Mix the Hand Sanitiser Solution

  1. Pour approximately 8333 mL of 93% ethanol made from the Turbo 500 into a large bottle or fermenter up to the graduated mark.

  2. Add 417 ml of Hydrogen Peroxide 3% using a measuring cylinder or jug (if using 6%, use 208 ml and 208ml of water)

  3. Add 145 ml of Glycerol 98% or Aloe Vera Gel using the measuring cylinder or jug. As glycerol is very viscous and sticks to the wall of the measuring cylinder or jug, it should be rinsed with some sterile distilled or cold boiled water and then emptied into the bottle/fermenter.

  4. Top up the bottle/fermenter to the 10-litre mark with sterile distilled or cold boiled water.

  5. Place the lid or the screw cap on the bottle/fermenter as soon as possible after preparation, in order to prevent evaporation.

  6. Mix the solution by shaking gently where appropriate or by using a paddle.

    Immediately divide up the solution into its final containers (e.g. 500 or 100 ml plastic bottles), and place the bottles in quarantine for 72 hours before use. This allows time for any spores present in the alcohol or the new/re-used bottles to be destroyed.

    You can also follow this how-to video on YouTube if it's easier for you:


    • Glycerol is used as humectant, but other emollients may be used for skin care, provided that they are cheap, widely available and miscible in water and alcohol and do not add to toxicity, or promote allergy.

    • Hydrogen Peroxide is used to inactivate contaminating bacterial spores in the solution and is not an active substance for hand antisepsis.

    • Any further additive to both formulations should be clearly labelled and be non-toxic in case of accidental ingestion.

    • A colorant may be added to allow differentiation from other fluids, but should not add to toxicity, promote allergy, or interfere with antimicrobial properties. The addition of perfumes or dyes is not recommended due to risk of allergic reactions.

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