When it comes to preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, there is nothing like a good old-fashioned hand wash.
But if water and soap are not available, your next best option, according to the trusted source of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Unless you have a stock of hand sanitizer purchased in-store, you’ll probably have trouble finding it in a store or online right now. Due to the rapid spread of the new coronavirus, most retailers cannot meet the demand for hand sanitizer.
The good news? It only takes three ingredients to make your own hand sanitizer at home. Read on to find out how.
What ingredients do you need?
Making your own hand sanitizer is easy to make and requires only a few ingredients:
isopropyl alcohol or friction alcohol (volume of alcohol at 99%) aloe vera gel an essential oil, such as tea tree oil or lavender oil, or you can use lemon juice instead The key to making an effective and anti-germ hand sanitizer is to stick to a proportion of 2: 1 alcohol aloe vera. This keeps the alcohol content around 60 percent. This is the minimum amount needed to kill most germs, according to the Cdctrusted source.
How do you make your own hand sanitizer?
Dr. Rishi Desai, Chief Medical Officer of Osmosis and former Epidemic Intelligence Officer of the Viral Diseases Division at the CDC, said the hand sanitizer recipe below will kill 99.9% of germs after 60 seconds.
Hand Sanitizer Recipe
- What you will need:3/4 cup isopropyl alcohol or friction (99 percent) 1/4 cup aloe vera gel (to help keep your hands smooth and counteract the hardness of alcohol) 10 drops of essential oil, such as lavender oil, or you can use lemon juice instead
- Instructions: Pour all the ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a spout as a measuring glass container.
Mix with a spoon, then beat with a whisk to turn the disinfectant into a gel.
Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use and label it «hand sanitizer».
How to use hand sanitizer
- Two things to know when using a hand sanitizer is that you need to rub it on your skin until your hands are dry. And, if your hands are greasy or dirty, you must first wash them with soap and water.
- With that in mind, here are some tips for using hand sanitizer effectively.
- Spray or apply the disinfectant on the palm of one hand.
Rub your hands together carefully. Be sure to cover the entire surface of your hands and fingers.
Continue to rub for 30 to 60 seconds or until your hands are dry. Hand sanitizer can take at least 60 seconds, and sometimes longer, to kill most germs.
What germs can the hand sanitizer kill?