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How To Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Although it is not recommended, it is possible to make your own hand sanitizer.

Washing our hands thoroughly is one of the most important and useful methods of fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus. Medical experts are constantly warning us of the importance of keeping our hands clean.

While using normal soap and water is enough, sometimes we may find ourselves in situations where we can’t access a sink or have soap, so using a hand sanitizer helps tremendously. However, with people panic buying hand sanitizers, sometimes it might seem like you are all out of options. This is when many of us will start wondering if it is possible to make our own hand sanitizer? Yes, it is, but be warned, it is not recommended.

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What Are The Ingredients?

So basically it boils down to this - washing hands is necessary, but if we aren’t able to, alcohol-based hand sanitizers do the trick. However, hand sanitizers could be gone from store shelves. How do you make your own then? You need two common ingredients to do it, but you should be careful. You need to do this the right way and only as your last resort.

First of all, you will need alcohol. No, just any alcohol you use to make cocktails will not work. It is recommended you use rubbing alcohol, also known as isopropyl alcohol, at 99% proof. This is crucial because the alcohol needs to be able to kill the germs and bacteria. The second ingredient you need is aloe vera gel. This gel has the role of protecting your hands from the alcohol. There are recipes which add other ingredients, but nothing else is necessary, and can only make your sanitizer worse.

The Next Step

Once you have those two ingredients, all you need is a small bottle where you will decant your sanitizer. It is recommended that you clean out small shampoo bottles and use those. Smaller bottles can be taken anywhere you go, which is one of the main reasons we are doing this. Once all of this is in place, you can start making your hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizers will not be effective unless they have at least 60% alcohol, so measuring everything is extremely important.

First, you put ⅔ of a cup of the alcohol in a bowl. Then add ⅓ of a cup of the aloe vera gel in it and mix everything well. So you use double the amount of alcohol compared to the aloe vera gel. The mixture can be poured into your small bottles. If you have extra sanitizer left in your bowl, place it in a jar, seal it and keep it at room temperature. The bottle should be shaken before you use it, just so you are certain that the ingredients are mixed. After that, the sanitizer is ready for use, just like any other commercially available brand. You rub it into your hands for 30 seconds and let it dry.

Why It Is Not Recommended

Like we previously mentioned, use this only as a last resort and a backup option. Although this process might seem simple, things can go wrong. Keep in mind that you are working with 99% proof alcohol, which can damage your skin if not mixed with aloe vera properly, that is if you use too much of it. Also, all of the utensils you use to make this product need to be immaculately clean. On the other hand, if you do not use enough alcohol, the sanitizer will not be effective.

It is up to you if you want to use this method to make your own hand sanitizer, we are all using different methods to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. If making homemade hand sanitizer is your only option of staying safe, go for it. But we must repeat, follow instructions carefully.

About the Author

Ivan loves writing, music, audio production, and social sciences. He lives by the words of one famous sociologist who said that "sociology is a martial art". When he's not writing, he enjoys playing his Stratocaster and video games.

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