The outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to appear on headlines and has now become a pandemic which every country in this world is prepared for. As countries begin to switch from preventive mode to survival mode, one of the best ways to combat the spread of this virus is by strictly following preventive measures laid down by the World Health Organization and other health authorities around the world and that includes regularly washing your hands with alcohol-based sanitizer (use soap and water as alternatives), embracing social distancing (staying at home, avoiding crowded places, and staying at least 6 feet away from other people), not touching your face, etc.
You must have noticed that demand for hand sanitizers have gone off the roof, and this has either lead to ridiculous price hike, or unavailability because there’s nothing left in stock. Essentials quickly sell out during public health crises and the hand sanitizer hasn’t been an exception. However, you can also make your own powerful hand sanitizer at home with ease although with absolute carefulness. Hand sanitizer is mobile unlike water and soap so it is something everybody should strive to have, and now that they’re barely in stock, making your own hand sanitizer should be a priority.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDCD has advised that your sanitizer must contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective. The regular vodka or whiskey might not be enough as most of them contain only 35-40% alcohol but you might be lucky to find Isopropyl alcohol with 99% concentration will be super effective.
Below are the detailed instructions on how to make your own powerful homemade hand sanitizer capable of killing any germs, bacteria, and viruses on-the-go.
- ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL: this is a very important ingredient because the regular vodka mostly contains about 40% alcohol which is way below the 60% required level. You might have to head to a local drug store to get this.
- ALOE VERA GEL: aloe vera gel will help ease the burn of the alcohol since you’ll have to rub it directly on your skin.
- ESSENTIAL OILS: what this will do is to add a pleasant to your mixture. Tea tree oil or lavender will do the magic for you.
STEP 1: Mix 2/3 cup of the isopropyl alcohol with 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel.
STEP 2: Add a few drop of your essential oil to give your mixture for pleasant smell; Tee tree oil or lavender oil will do.
STEP 3: Pour your mixture in a spray bottle.
STEP 4: Leave your mixture to settle for minimum of 72 hours after you’re done as advised by World Health Organization. This is done just so any bacteria in the solution would have died off in 72 hours without contaminating the mixture.
If you follow strictly all the steps stated above, you’ll easily make your own powerful alcohol-based hand sanitizer although you have to make sure every tool you’ll be using in making the sanitizer are all properly sanitized.