Coronavirus has led to a frenzy, in the super-markets for sanitizers. Isle shelves have emptied, and one would be lucky to find an alcohol rub or a hand sanitizer in the market. Amidst such a situation, there is a way of making hand sanitizers at home. If you are struggling to make one, follow the below simple steps
There are two types of sanitizers that you can make. One type is in gel form, and the other is liquid. Both are equally effective, but it depends on your choice of what type you would prefer and also on the availability of the ingredients. Read below to DIY Hand Sanitizer.
Contents required for making gel-based sanitizer:
1. Aloe Vera Gel
2. Isopropyl alcohol
3. Tea tree oil
Simple ingredients and all one got to is mix 3 parts of alcohol gel to one part of alcohol and add a few drops of tea tree oil. You can use the plant of aloe Vera if it is in your garden. Cut few stems, clean and rinse the dust off properly. Slice horizontally, the out covering of the stem on one side, and scoop the gel out in a bowl. Mix all ingredients well and put in a bottle or previously empty sanitizer case. If you do not have tea tree oil, you can use any antiseptic oil instead, like clove oil or any other which is available at home for a pleasant smell.
Things to note! Please make sure that the alcohol concentration should be at least 60 percent as directed by the “Centres for Disease Control and Prevention”, but it is better if you can increase the concentration beyond 60%. We recommend a minimum of 70-75% and if you can get 99% that would be the best. The more concentration level of alcohol, the more effective will be the sanitizer.
The problem with this type of sanitizer is that because of the Aloe Vera gel, it can leave your hand a little sticky. We recommend the liquid sanitizer and also it is according to the guidelines of WHO. Learn the instruction below for making it at home.
Content Required for Liquid Hand-Sanitizer:
Firstly, mix 12 fluid ounces of alcohol with 2 teaspoons of glycerol. In the meantime boil distilled water and let it cool. Once it is cool add 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with 3 fluid ounces of distilled water. Mix all the ingredients well and your liquid sanitizer is now ready. Put it in a spray bottle as that way you can more easily use it. You can use this solution for cleaning surfaces as well. Take a paper towel, spray it with the sanitizer use it as you like. But, take precautions. Cleaning does not mean that it is safe enough; you must wash your hands frequently nonetheless.
Things to note! Remember that ¾ of the solution should be alcohol concentration. Put less water if you do not have enough alcohol. You may feel some roughness on your hands and that is because of alcohol. It tends to make the skin dry. It is advised to use hand creams after you use sanitizer as it will keep the skin healthy and moist. Also, in the solution itself, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil or lavender oil if you have at home. Any oil, which has anti-bacterial properties or if you like the smell, you can use it. This way, your sanitizer will smell good and get rid of the alcohol smell.
Also, because you are using fragrant oil, it will give a little moisturizing effect on your hands. Shake well before every spray! Let the ingredients mix well each time before you use the sanitizer.
Hand Sanitizers should be used only in emergency!
Though hand sanitizers help keep you hygienic, only use it in emergency situations. If your hands are visibly dirty, the sanitizer will not work. It will not get rid of the dirt and will be useless. Any hand sanitizers, as a matter of fact, store-bought or homemade, cannot help get rid of the visible dirt. Also, you cannot consider hand sanitizers or alcohol rubs as a solution for staying safe from the virus. You must use soap and water to properly clean and avoid contamination of hands with the virus. The only true and viable way of getting rid of the virus is by washing your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water.
Use alcohol rubs or hand sanitizer in emergency cases when you do not have access to soap and water. The more you take care of your hygiene, the more you will stay protected and avoid the chances of getting infected.