Using hand sanitizers effectively curbs the spread of COVID-19. This guide outlines a few simple steps that you can use to make hand sanitizer at home using readily available ingredients.
Why homemade hand sanitizer are easy and effective
The global health pandemic caused by the novel Coronavirus has halted human activities in all possible industrial sectors. While most governments have issued both partial and total lockdowns, social distancing, and avoid-crowded-areas orders, using hand sanitizers effectively curbs the spread of COVID-19. Scientists acknowledge that there is currently no cure or vaccine for the virus, but say that using a sanitizer can inactivate the virus lodged on your hands.
How to make your own hand sanitizer
The process of making a softly-scented DIY sanitizing agent is simple. We show you which ingredients are necessary.
DIY Hand Sanitizer: Ingredients
For your homemade hand sanitizer you need the following ingredients:
- 2/3 cup of 90% ethyl alcohol or 91% Isopropyl alcohol
- 1/3 cup of pure alcohol
- 20-30 drops of scented essential oils
- 10 drops of tea tree oil
- ½ teaspoon of Vitamin E oil
Preparation for Natural Homemade Hand Sanitizer
The process of making a softly-scented DIY sanitizing agent is simple. You simply need to mix the ingredients, collect the mixture in a bottle, and introduce a pump dispenser. That's all. Here are the full details.
Equipment and Tools
You need the following tools:
- Large bowl
- Spray bottle
2 steps how to prepare
Ensure that you have all the equipment and ingredients ready and in the right portions.
- Pour all the ingredients in the bowl and stir thoroughly using a spoon for an even mixture.
- Use a funnel to transfer the homemade hand sanitizer into an open-top bottle. Using a bottle cap, close the bottle tightly. That's all! Now you can start using the sanitizer.
Tipp: For convenience and ease of use, you may want to use a pumping bottle to enable you to spray the sanitizer on your hands quickly.
Substitute Ingredients for DIY Hand Sanitizer
The essential ingredient in a sanitizer is alcohol. That said, you can find other alternatives for aloe vera.
- The primary purpose of adding aloe vera it to the mixture is to prevent dryness of the hands. You can find other products that can equally lock in moisture to remove dryness. They include hand lotion and glycerin.
- An important thing to keep in mind is that the final mixture needs to have at least 60% alcohol. If finding alcohol is challenging, it is better to maintain a handwashing routine rather than making an ineffective hand sanitizer.
Written by Michelle Sturhill