Never was a hand sanitizer as needed as now and there was never such a shortage. Just a few weeks ago, only a few of us had it and even less used it on a daily basis. Sadly, due to the rapid development of the COVID-19 virus, our needs grew and the market couldn’t follow. In a span of just a few days, there were no disinfectant wipes, gels, masks or gloves.
According to the CDC, even though hand sanitizer will never replace handwashing, in case you’re nowhere near running water and soap, it can serve as an alternative until you’re able to wash your hands. It’s important to know that hand sanitizers are much less effective in fighting coronavirus than standard handwashing but are still a great asset.
Home-made sanitizers are meant to be used in situations when access to store-bought ones or proper hand washing is not possible. Due to their high alcohol content, they dry out your skin faster so it’s crucial to moisturize more often. Avoid the use on children.
Microcracks in your skin serve as a great base for bacteria and viruses to enter directly into your bloodstream. If your hands are extremely damaged and cracked, it’s recommended to use gloves when going in public.
What you’ll need:
- Rubbing alcohol (99%)
- Aloe vera gel or plant
- The essential oil of your choosing
For a home-made sanitizer, it’s crucial to use alcohol of a high percentage of pure alcohol (90-99%) as the mixture will be diluted with aloe vera. Hand sanitizers need a minimum of 60% alcohol content to be effective at removing germs and bacteria.
This mixture, if used with 99% alcohol has 75% of alcohol content.
How do you make your own hand sanitizer?
Hand sanitizer recipe
- ¾ cup rubbing alcohol
- ¼ cup aloe vera gel or plant leaves
- 5-10 drops of essential oil
- Put all ingredients into a bowl or a blender and mix throughout until it becomes a homogenous mixture.
- If it is still in a liquid, and not gel form, mix it for an additional few minutes.
- Pour into an empty bottle and label it properly.
How effective is home-made sanitizer?
According to the CDC, washing hands with soap and water whenever possible is recommended as handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. If soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
Additionally, alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. They may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.