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The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a huge stir in the medical market and it has become harder to find sanitizers in the markets. While the situation is worthy of concern, one does not need to panic. Most of the germs, including novel coronavirus (COVID-19), on your hands can be dealt with a hand sanitizer that meets the required alcohol volume.
Whilst hand sanitizers are a good alternative but washing your hands with soap at regular intervals is more effective. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should wash your hands for 20 seconds if you’ve been to a public place as soaps are effective against all kinds of germs. If you do not have access to a sink to wash hands with soap, then it is advisable to carry a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol. With high demands for hand sanitizers, it is obvious that one would face shortage of some, in that case you can easily prepare sanitizer at home for yourself.
Preparation of Home-Made Hand Sanitizer
Here is how you can easily make a hand sanitizer at home with the most simplest ingredients and recipe:
Step 1: Mix Isopropyl alcohol and Aloe Vera Gel in a Bowl
Pour 2/3 cup of isopropyl alcohol and 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel into a bowl. Hand sanitizers should have at least 60% alcoholic volume to be effective, you should add isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel in such a proportion that they form a 2:1 ratio.
Step 2: Add Essential Oils to the Mixture
Add the essential oils or lemon juice to the mix if you need to. Essential oils are merely meant to add fragrance to the mix, so go ahead and add some to the sanitizer if you prefer a particular smell.
Step 3: Mix the Ingredients & Pour into a Plastic Bottle
Mix all the ingredients together in the bowl using a spoon and pour them into bottles that can be easily carried in pockets. And you’re good to go.
Note: Isopropyl alcohol is a dangerous and highly flammable liquid which can cause burns on your skin if it comes in direct contact with your hands. We recommend using rubber gloves as a precaution to avoid any such circumstances.
Watch this Video to Learn How to Make Hand Sanitizer At Home
List of Ingredients to Make Hand Sanitizer at Home
1. 99% Pure Isopropyl or Rubbing Alcohol
Isopropyl alcohol can be easily found at any drugstore or pharmacy or even on Amazon. With a 250ml bottle, you’ll be able to prepare a lot of hand sanitizer.
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2. Aloe Vera Gel
Isopropyl alcohol should be mixed with gel, because it may make your hands harsh or can even cause burns. Ideally, aloe vera gel should be used as the ingredient to be mixed with isopropyl as the former acts as a natural moisturizer.
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3. 8-10 Drops of Essential Oils
Essential oils can help add some fragrance to the sanitizer. A pack of essential oils such as lavender oil or even lemon juice could work as an aromatic liquid.
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This simple yet effective method of preparing your own hand sanitizer at home is better to have than to have none. Be safe when you head out of your homes, carry this home-made sanitizer with you and use it often to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.