How To Make Hand Sanitizer

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Coronavirus has people going a little crazy! Every where I look, things like canned soup and hand sanitizer are flying off the shelves as doomsdayer-types prepare for a possible pandemic.

Hand washing is important any day, but especially when there’s a serious virus spreading. Do I think the media is over-hyping coronavirus? Yes, but I do think we need to be precautionary! And hand sanitizer is one of those things that can make a huge difference in a time of this.

Of course, actual soap and water is always best, but if you can’t get to a sink, hand sanitizer is your second defence against a nasty virus like the coronavirus!

So, what do you do if your local stores are all sold out of hand sanitizer? You make your own! It’s super easy, and takes just 2 or 3 ingredients.

The Centre For Disease Control recommends a hand sanitizer be made with the following ratios:

  • -0.67 cups (161 milliliter) of isopropyl alcohol
  • -0.33 cups (79 ml) of emollient such as aloe vera
  • -essential oils (optional)

Mix the ingredients together and store in a closed bottle. The homemade hand sanitizer can last for several weeks.

For hand sanitizer to be most effective, the CDC recommends you make it with at least 60% alcohol in order for it to be able to kill off any germs. The ideal ratio is between 60–90% alcohol!

Hand sanitizer works best on clean hands, and are less effective when your hands are greasy or dirty.

Did you know the only effective, germ killing ingredient in most hand sanitizers is alcohol? Which can kill up to 99.9% of many germs and viruses!

Adding emollient such as glycerin or aloe vera to your hand sanitizer can help prevent the alcohol from drying out your skin.

Adding essential oils can help kill germs as well and add aroma!

And remember, your best defence is to avoid anyone who is sick. Avoid hand shaking. And, stay calm and wash your hands!

Originally published at https://stephsocial.com on March 7, 2020.

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