How to make your own hand sanitizer? We are all witnessing the high demand for hand sanitizer worldwide and finding it in stores is becoming harder. The fear of coronavirus has led people to stock up on germ-killing gel and in many stores the shelves are empty. An antiseptic is currently the only known remedy that quickly and effectively eliminates harmful microorganisms from the hands. Yes, practicing basic hygiene like washing hands regularly and thoroughly is essential, but many people need something to use as it is impossible to be near a sink at all time. The World Health Organization recommends using sanitizers that have at least 60% alcohol, and preferably 80%, to minimize the risk of coronavirus infection. If you cannot find any in the stores, don’t panic! You can make it at home. We shall give you two recipes – for gel and spray so that you can choose the option that is most convenient for you.
Homemade hand sanitizer recipe
Homemade hand sanitizer recipe us not difficult, but you have to make sure that all the tools and vessels that you use are properly sanitized to avoid contaminating the whole batch. It is recommended that you let your homemade sanitizer sit for at least 72 hours. This time is needed for the sanitizer to kill any bacteria that might have been introduced during the mixing process.
Homemade hand sanitizer gel recipe
Aloe Vera gel
Mix 3 parts isopropyl alcohol to 1 part aloe vera gel.
Add a few drops of essential oil to give it a pleasant scent.
Homemade hand sanitizer spray recipe as advised by WHO
Isopropyl alcohol 99.8%
Hydrogen peroxide 3%
Sterile distilled or boiled cold water
Mix 1 ⅔ cups alcohol with 2 teaspoons of glycerol. In case you do not have or cannot find glycerol, proceed with the rest of the recipe and just remember to apply a moisturizer on your hands after using the sanitizer.
Mix in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, then another ¼ cup of distilled or boiled and then cooled water.
Pour the solution into spray bottles. You can wet paper towels or cloths and use the solution as a wipe.
Hopefully, these recipes will help you make your own hand sanitizer. Store it at room temperature in a dark place. Use it as needed, especially after a trip in public transport. After applying it, rub it all over your hands until they’re dry. Try not to touch your face as health officials say viruses, not only COVID-19, could enter your body from your eyes, mouth or nose. Remember – wash your hands with soap and water as often as possible!