With the World Health Organization (WHO) formally announcing coronavirus a pandemic, rush at medical and departmental stores to buy alcohol-based hand sanitizers have increased. This has left stores and shops with empty hand sanitizer shelves and sections across the world. The scare got worse after it was confirmed that the virus can spread through touch. Since hygiene is of utmost importance to keep the spread of the virus to the minimum, hand sanitizers act as the perfect solution in this situation.
So How Does An Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Work?
A hand sanitizer, which has at least 60% alcohol in it, kills microbial cells because it has isopropyl alcohol, which is rubbing alcohol. On a virus, sanitizers work by disrupting its outer coat, thus killing it.
However, ever since the stores started running dry, people have started to panic. But do not worry, we have got you covered. You could make your own hand sanitizer at home by using simple ingredients which works the same way the ones bought from stores do. So what are you waiting for?
What Do You Need To Know While Making Your Own Hand Sanitizer?
Make sure your hand sanitizer has at least 60% alcohol as alcohol-free hand sanitizers will not help in killing bacteria, germs and viruses. This mandate was reached upon after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (commonly known CDC) said 60% alcohol is a viable option to prevent the spread of the virus.
List Of Ingredient You Will Need To Make Hand Sanitizer:
How To Make The Most Effective Hand Sanitizer In Just TWO STEPS:
Mix the rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel in a bowl and mix it with a spoon. Be very careful with pure alcohol and keep it away from your skin as it could be harmful to your skin.
Use a funnel to pour the hand sanitizer into an empty sanitizer bottles or liquid soap bottles or travel size bottles.
Making Hand Sanitizer At Home: Warnings
Firstly, though it is optional, it is advisable to wear a glove because direct exposure to high quantities of isopropyl may damage your skin.
The use of essential oils is optional because it does not improve the quality of a hand sanitizer. It is only because we are habituated to the fragrance of hand sanitizers is why essential oils could be added.
Also, we hope it is understandable by now that hand sanitizers alone cannot protect you from coronavirus. Washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds after you come from outside and avoiding touching your eyes and face are equally important. However, if you are in public transport and a sudden lurch forces you to grab a pole, we can understand how badly you would want to squirt something purifying for your hands.