How to Make Hand Sanitizer

How to Make Hand Sanitizer

With the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) it has never been more important to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The best way to do this is through meticulous hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. But what if running water and soap isn’t available? The next best option, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. With the rapid spread of coronavirus and panic buying from the public most retailers are struggling to keep up with the demand for hand sanitizer. The good news is, however, making hand sanitizer at home is extremely easy and only requires three ingredients.

Hand sanitizer recipe

What you’ll need:

¾ cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent) such as Isocol

¼ cup of aloe vera gel (as it is a natural moisturiser and will stop the alcohol from burning)

10 drops of essential oil (for fragrance)

Directions:

Pour all ingredients in a bowl

Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel

Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy, and be sure to label it

Jagdish Khubchandani who has a Ph.D. in Health Education and Epidemiology, says if you are making hand sanitizer at home it is important to use clean space, wipe down countertops with a diluted bleach solution beforehand. Wash your hands thoroughly before making the hand sanitizer. use a clean spoon and whisk. Wash these items thoroughly before using them. Make sure the alcohol used for the hand sanitizer is not diluted. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly until they are well blended and do not touch the mixture with your hands until it is ready for use.

If these rules are followed the CDC says that this hand sanitizer recipe will kill 99.9% of germs after 60 seconds. If you are a business that is interested in producing large quantities of hand sanitizer the World Health Organization has released a comprehensive guide to local production.