March 31, 2020
How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer
Although our old fashioned handwashing still remains the best way of preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as covid-19.
But in the absence of soap and water, a sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol becomes your best bet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Due to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, most retailers can’t keep up with the demand for hand sanitizer and in most cases the prices have skyrocketed.
But the good news is that it takes just three ingredients to make your own sanitizer at home.
What are the receipes?
Here are the few active receipes you need in making your own hand sanitizer:
1. Oil: 10 drops of an essential oil, such as lavender oil, tea tree oil, or even lemon juice can be used.
2. Alcohol: 3/4 cup of either isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent alcohol volume).
3. Gel: 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel (to help keep your hands smooth and to counteract the harshness of alcohol.
Note: Some people may replace the 10 drops of an essential oil to few drops of clove, eucalyptus, peppermint, or others
Preparing an effective, germ killing hand sanitizer, a proportion of 2:1 alcohol to gel ratio must be maintained. This ratio keeps the alcohol content around 60 percent which is the minimum amount needed to kill most germs, according to the CDC.
How can I make my own hand sanitizer?
According to Medical experts this hand sanitizer recipe will kill 99.9 percent of germs in few seconds.
1. Mix alcohol and aloe vera gel in a bowl and whisk continuously untill the mixture becomes a gel. For thicker solution add another spoonful of aloe vera or add another spoonful of alcohol or thin it out by adding another spoonful of alcohol.
2. Add essential oil dropwise while stirring as you go. After 8 drops smell the mixture to see if you like the fragrance.
3. Pour the mixture into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it “hand sanitizer.”
Do’s and don’ts
- While preparing your hand sanitizer at home, here are tips to adhere to:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before making your sanitizer.
- Ensure the sanitizer is prepared in a clean space.
- Wash all items thoroughly before use.
- Use diluted bleach solution to clean counter top beforehand.
- Make sure the alcohol used is of high concentration.
- Mix all the ingredients thoroughly until they are evenly blended.
- Do not touch the mixed solution with your hands until it is ready for use.
For a larger scale hand sanitizer production, the World Health Organization (WHO) has a formula for a hand sanitizer that uses:
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Isopropyl alcohol or ethanol
- Sterile distilled or boiled cold water
Is it safe?
DIY resources for hand sanitizer are scattered all over the internet, the question is…..how safe are they?
These resources are intended for use by professionals who has expertise and resources to safely make homemade hand sanitizers. Homemade hand sanitizer is only recommended as a last resort to critical situations or when soap and water may not be available for hand washing.
Improper ingredients, proportions or usage can result in:
- Injury, skin irritation or burns
- Ineffective against germs
- Inhalation of toxic chemicals
This type of sanitizer is not recommended for children because they might be prone to injury.
Although hand sanitizers can be an effective in eradicating germs, but health authorities still recommend handwashing as the best way of keeping away fromw disease-causing organism.