In many places affected by the Coronavirus, protective face masks and hand sanitizers have sold out because suppliers just can’t cope with the demand for these two commodities. What can you use if you run out of hand sanitizer, and it isn’t in any of the stores? The good news is that it’s easy to make hand sanitizer at home, with things you already have or can easily get from the store.
Many people are now turning to DIY hacks to be able to protect themselves and their loved ones. Today, we want to take a look at How to Make Hand Sanitizer at Home. Making your hand sanitizer is a lot easier than you thought.
Why is Hand Sanitizer Important in Coronavirus Prevention?
Studies suggest that the Coronavirus can persist on surfaces for hours or even days, depending on the type of surface and weather conditions around the surfaces. So even if you don’t come into direct contact with an infected person, you’re still at risk. The virus can be present on several surfaces after they leave.
Research shows that the average person touches their face an estimated 23 times per hour…… subconsciously. All it will take to transfer the virus if you touch an infected surface is for you to do any of the following:
- Touch or rub your eyes;
- Catch a yawn with your hand; or
- Scratch an itch on your nose/ nostrils
For this reason, the critical self-protection measures include thorough washing of hands and frequent use of hand sanitizing solutions.
How to Make Hand Sanitizer at Home
There are two key ingredients needed for an effective hand sanitizer.
- Alcohol is the crucial ingredient in making the sanitizer effective in killing the Coronavirus. To be effective in its antimicrobial properties, the hand sanitizer should be made with alcohol that’s at least 60% proof. That’s the recommendation from the CDC in their guidelines for hand hygiene – Read up on that here. What you need is ethanol-based liquids such as Isopropyl Alcohol, Rubbing Alcohol, Surgical Spirits, and the like. They just need to be at least 60% alcohol – the higher, the better!
- An Emollient – This is the 2nd key ingredient you will need for your DIY Hand Sanitizer. Emollients soften and soothe dry skin. Since Alcohol is very drying to the skin, you need something to balance the drying effect of the alcohol. The most common ones in use are Aloe Vera and Glycerol.
According to the CDC, for hand sanitizer to be effective against the Coronavirus, the alcohol content needs to be ⅔ of the sanitizer mix. Anything less than this won’t be effective enough against the virus.
The Easiest DIY Hand Sanitizer Method
The Easiest DIY Hand Sanitizer Method is to mix two parts isopropyl alcohol with 1 part Aloe Vera gel. If you find the Aloe Vera too sticky for your liking, you could use Glycerol instead. Take a look at this fun step-by-step video by Dr. Ian Smith on the Rachael Ray Show, showing us how to mix this up!
If you want to, you can add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil, which is excellent if you wish to have some scent.
Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus, and lavender are great options. Mix everything up together and pour the mixture into some clean spray bottles.
No spray bottles? No problem. Regular pump bottles will work just as well, too.
Could You Be Going About Your Hand-Sanitizing Process Wrong?
So you have your alcohol-based hand-sanitizer, and you’ve been diligent in using it as often as possible. But have you been sanitizing your hands the right way? Let’s see – a quick squirt or two, followed by a rub down on palms, back of the hands, and interlocking fingers. That’s about it, right?
Well, not quite. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), that may not be enough.
To make sure your hands are adequately sanitized, WHO recommends a 20-30 second duration of hand-rubbing. Plus, it shouldn’t be rubbed onto wet or dirty hands to be effective. Take a look at this video showing the correct way to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. This is especially helpful amid the Coronavirus pandemic, so you’re getting the right protection.
Well, there you have it! Easy-peasy and sufficient enough to protect you and your family. Please share this with your friends and loved ones so that they can do this even when in lock-down or quarantine.
And if you’re in a city that’s not yet affected, lucky you! Now you know what to do and how to prepare, just in case. Remember to eat healthy to boost your immunity during this pandemic. Take a look at our post on 6 Powerful Immunity Boosting Tips, covering the top ways to keep your body primed to fight off infection.
Just One More Thing……….
Remember to practice the following Basic Prevention steps to keep you and your loved ones safe from Coronavirus infection.
- Keep your hands clean by regularly washing them with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Maintain at least 3 feet (1 meter) between yourself and anyone with symptoms of coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your face, especially the mouth, nose, and eyes. Contaminated hands easily transfer the Coronavirus by touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, causing infection.
- Follow good hygiene when you cough and sneeze to avoid spreading droplets to the people and surfaces around you. Catch your cough/ sneeze in your elbow, or in a tissue that you should dispose of afterward.
- If you feel unwell and start to experience fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.
- Keep up-to-date with what’s happening regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Avoid any non-essential travel as guided by your city authorities and medical experts.
More FAQs on the Coronavirus, including ‘Why’ you should follow these Basic Prevention steps are outlined by the World Health Organization right here.
Stay safe, everyone!