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Homemade Hand Sanitizer and Other Essential Recipes

If you are stuck at home and need a few essential recipes including homemade hand sanitizer, we are here to help!

From a winter storm to an unexpected illness, sometimes you are forced to stay indoors. And sometimes that means that you have limited supplies available.

We have all been there. The weather forecast calls for several inches of snow, and within a few hours the grocery stores are flooded with customers.

empty bread shelves
Many grocery stores look like this in a time of crisis. No worries, we can help you make your our own recipes to help you get through the difficult times.

When you arrive, there is no milk to be found and the bread shelves are bare.

And now that we are currently being asked to social distance ourselves for a few weeks, access to some basic and necessary items are even more difficult to find.

So today, we are sharing some essential recipes, including homemade hand sanitizer. And hopefully this will help you get through without worrying about finding those basic supplies.

Essential Recipes

Bread Products:

When you can’t find bread at your local grocery store, no worries. You can make your own with just a few basic ingredients.

Plus, you don’t have to worry about eating unnecessary preservatives. So instead of heading to the bread aisle, hit the baking aisle and buy some flour and yeast.

homemade white bread
It is easy to make your own white bread with just a few ingredients.

Homemade White Bread

Artisan Bread

Homemade Pasta

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Breakfast Recipes

There is nothing better than a good old fashioned breakfast. And even if you don’t have milk, you can still make eggs and bacon. However, for those that need an alternative breakfast meal, check out the homemade options below.

homemade granola bars
Homemade granola bars are easy to make and much healthier than the store bought versions.

Homemade Granola Bars

Granola Crunch Cereal

Homemade Pancake and Waffle Mix

Essential Lunch and Dinner Recipes

Because it is so difficult to find, we have included our favorite lunch and dinner recipes that do not contain milk as one of the ingredients.

healthy stuffed peppers
Stuffed peppers allow you to make a complete meal all in one dish!

Chicken Noodle Soup

Rustic Chicken Soup

Stuffed Peppers

Moist and Juicy Meatloaf

Cheesy Taco Casserole

Sheet Pan Chicken and Vegetables

Baked Salmon

Homemade Household Cleaner and Hand Sanitizer

We all know that finding household cleaners and hand sanitizer can be during an illness or flu outbreak.

We have included our favorite Citrus Cleaner recipe and a quick and easy way to make homemade Hand Sanitizer if you can’t find any at the store.

Household Citrus Cleaner

homemade hand sanitizer
If you can’t find hand sanitizer, you can make your own homemade version with a couple of common ingredients.

Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe

  • 2/3 cup 99% rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
  • 1/3 cup 100% pure aloe vera gel
  • Optional: 8-10 drops essential oil for smell

Instructions: Mix ingredients together and funnel in a pump bottle.

So there you have it! Some recipes to get you through until the stores resume normal operation and have enough supplies for everyone.

Mary and Jim

Jim and Mary Competti have been writing gardening, DIY and recipe articles and books for over 15 years from their 46 acre Ohio farm. The two are frequent speakers on all things gardening and love to travel in their spare time.

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