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When disinfecting gel sells out everywhere, you can make some yourself with stuff you (maybe) already have at home. 

When it comes to preventing the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, nothing beats good old-fashioned hand washing. Properly scrubbing your hands is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs and viruses, and to ensure you don’t get sick yourself. But if you don’t have access to soap and clean water, or if you’re out and about and nowhere near a sink, you should carry hand sanitizer to protect your health.

The resulting rush to buy hand sanitizers has led to empty shelves in supermarkets and chemists. But it hasn’t taken long for recipes for hand sanitizers to appear online. But do they work?

The resulting rush to buy hand sanitizers has led to empty shelves in supermarkets and chemists.

The key is to get the right ratio of ingredients. The CDC Control recommends using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, which store-bought hand sanitizers have. The active ingredient in this hand sanitizer recipe is the alcohol, which needs to comprise at least 60% of the product to be an effective disinfectant. The recipe calls for 99% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or ethanol (grain alcohol, most commonly available at 90%-95%).

Please don’t use any other types of alcohol (e.g., methanol, butanol), as they are toxic. Also, if you use a product that contains a lower percentage of alcohol (e.g., 70% alcohol), then you need to increase the amount of alcohol in the recipe, or it won’t be as effective.

For those who have spare time during the Nationwide Movement Restriction, we compiled some few tutorials video on how to make your hand sanitizer—an excellent activity for your time off. Well, if the DIY project can be tedious for you, you can just enjoy watching the video.

A word of warning

  • Hand sanitizer recipes, including the one below, are intended for use by professionals with the necessary expertise and resources for safe creation and proper utilisation.
  • Only use homemade hand sanitizers in extreme situations when handwashing isn’t available for the foreseeable future.
  • Don’t use homemade hand sanitizers on children’s skin as they may be more prone to misuse them, leading to a higher risk of injury.

DIY Hand Sanitizer Gel

All-natural hand sanitizer gel is very simple to make and works effectively cleansing hands, without the harsh chemicals found in conventional hand sanitizer. This DIY hand sanitizer gel only requires 3 ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera – Help moisturise the skin and antibacterial properties.
  • Rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl) – Alcohol might not be available in your area, you might able to order them online
  • Fractionated coconut oil – A little bit of fractionating coconut oil can help to moisturise and to improve the skin to not get so dry out by the alcohol

Antibacterial wipes, Disinfectant spray & Hand sanitizer

How to make all three using just one bottle of 91% isopropyl alcohol, and a few other items. Most of these items you could find at any shop.

Ingredients:

  • Rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl) – Use one that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Baby lotion – Available at any shop.
  • Dry cloths – For making the antibacterial wipe
  • Container – You need a box with a top for the dry cloths fit in there perfectly
  • Spray bottle – For disinfectant spray
  • Bottle of water – Essential ingredients for disinfectant spray
  • Aloe vera gel – Help to moisturise skin
  • Essential oil – Great for cleansing and purifying

DIY Hand Sanitizing Spray

DIY hand sanitizer spray is something that everyone needs to have on hand. This essential oil hand sanitizer spray is so simple to make and works just as well as the store-bought kind. It is made with ONLY 2 all-natural ingredients.

This spray is excellent to use when you are out running errands, spray it on the shopping cart and can be used to sanitise before your working table.

Ingredients:

  • Rubbing Alcohol – Use one that is at least 60% alcohol
  • Glass spray bottle – Be sure to make your DIY in an essential oil safe spray bottle.
  • Essential oil – Great for cleansing and purifying

Dettol and aloe vera gel

Quick and easy homemade hand sanitizer. It is made with only 2 ingredients probably available in your house.

Ingredients:

  • Dettol– Antiseptic disinfectant liquid
  • Aloe vera – Help moisturise the skin and antibacterial properties.
  • Glass spray bottle – Safe spray bottle.

Is it safe?

DIY hand sanitizer recipes are all over the internet these days — but are they safe? These recipes, including the ones above, are intended for use by professionals with both the expertise and resources to make homemade hand sanitizers safely. Homemade hand sanitizer is only recommended in extreme situations when you’re unable to wash your hands for the foreseeable future.

Improper ingredients or proportions can lead to:

  • Lack of efficacy, meaning that the sanitizer may not effectively eliminate the risk of exposure to some or all microbes
  • Skin irritation, injury, or burns
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals via inhalation
  • Homemade hand sanitizer is also not recommended for use with children.
  • Children may be more prone to improper hand sanitizer usage, which could lead to a higher risk of injury.

The bottom line

Hand sanitizer is a handy, on-the-go way to help prevent the spread of germs when soap and water aren’t available. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can help keep you safe and reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.

If you are having a hard time finding hand sanitizer at your local stores and handwashing isn’t available, you can take steps to make your own. You only need a few ingredients, such as rubbing alcohol, aloe vera gel, and an essential oil or lemon juice.

Although hand sanitizers can be an effective way of getting rid of bacteria, health authorities still recommend hand washing whenever possible to keep your hands free of disease-causing viruses and other bacteria.

Posted by:Izzat Hasim

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