As the deadly coronavirus is largely prevalent in our surroundings even after a year, the consumption of hand sanitizers has gone to the roof. Supermarkets are continuously being drained of their supply of hand sanitizers as sanitizing our hands and wearing masks seems to be the only way to keep the deadly virus at bay. But, as you need to use a hand sanitizer quite frequently today, it also increases your expenses. Here are some cool methods to make your own hand sanitizer at home.
A hand sanitizer is more required today because you cannot get access to water and soap everywhere for hand washing. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an alcohol-based hand sanitizer kills 60% viruses.
- Do not use homemade sanitizers on children’s skin.
- Only use these sanitizers when you do not have access to a soap and water for hand washing.
- The key to making a good hand sanitizer is by sticking to a 2:1 proportion of alcohol to aloe-vera gel.
- Isopropyl Alcohol or Rubbing Alcohol of 99% high alcohol content
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Essential Oil such as Lavender or Tea Tree Oil
- 2 parts Isopropyl Alcohol or Ethanol
- 1 part Aloe Vera Gel
- Few Drops of Clove, peppermint or eucalyptus oil
Mix all these above and pour in a spray bottle. Before making the sanitizer, ensure that you have washed your hands thoroughly. Also, wipe the counters with a bleach solution to sanitize them before making your hand sanitizer. Use a clean spoon or whisk to mix the contents. Do not touch the mixture with your hands and ensure that they are well blended.
Are DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipes Safe?
There are many DIY hand sanitizer recipes buzzing over the internet these days to help people make it at home. But some people have raised concern over their safety and effectiveness.
The fact of the matter is that these sanitizers should be used only when water and soap are unavailable to wash hands. These should be made in the right proportions, or they will be ineffective. Improper ingredients or proportions can also lead to skin infections or injury.
Homemade hand sanitizer is only recommended in extreme situations when you’re unable to wash your hands for the foreseeable future. These should not be used for children.
How to use hand sanitizer?
When using a hand sanitizer, always rub it well on your skin until your hands feel dry. If your hands feel greasy, then first wash them with soap and water. Spray the sanitizer on your palms and rub them together. Ensure that you cover the entire surface of the hands with your fingers. Continue rubbing for 30 seconds until your hands feel dry. This should take at least 60 seconds. You need to rub it for 30 seconds to ensure that all the germs are killed.
When given access to water and soap before eating food, do not substitute with using a hand sanitizer. Nothing beats the efficacy of washing your hands the traditional way. A hand sanitizer should be used when entering supermarkets, or buying essentials. You should wash your hands immediately once you come home. If you use only hand sanitizers, you end up taking in too much alcohol or other chemicals inside your body through your hands.
What germs can a homemade hand sanitizer kill?
Any alcohol-based hand sanitizer can easily reduce the number of microbes and viruses on your hands. It can also easily kill many disease-causing agents or pathogens such as the SARS-CoV-2. Remember that even the best hand-sanitizers have limitations and cannot eliminate all kinds of germs. A hand-sanitizer is ineffective against norovirus, Clostridium Difficile, Cryptosporidium and a few others. It may also not work if your hands are greasy.
These are some of the few guidelines to keep in mind before using or making your own hand sanitizer at home. It is a simple DIY home remedy that can be useful and help you save a lot of money and stay safe in today’s tough times.