With the recent Covid-19 pandemic rocking every nation of the world, the need for effective means and products such as hand sanitizer to stay healthy is increasing.
While there is no better way to prevent against most infectious and deadly microorganisms such as the coronavirus, like the old fashioned hand washing with soap and running water. But in situations where soap and water aren’t available, the best option is the use of Effective hand sanitizer containing over 60% of alcohol, according to the national center for disease control and prevention.
With the Coronavirus, unless you have a store full of hand sanitizers, you’ll likely have a hard time getting all the supplies you need for hand sanitizers right now. Due to the seemly spontaneous spread of the coronavirus across the globe and the current lockdown, most stores have been depleted of their hand sanitizer store and most retailers can barely keep up with demand, and when its insight, the prices tend to be outrageous.
The good news, however, it takes only three ingredients to make an effective hand sanitizer and anyone can do it at home easily. If you have been looking for easy methods of making an effective sanitizer, look no further, read on to find out how.
Ingredients for Hang sanitizers:
- Essential oil
- Aloe vera gel
For Larger batch hand sanitizer, World Health Organization(WHO) use the formula that uses:
- Isopropyl or Ethanol
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Sterile water
Note, The key to making an effective, germ-killing hand sanitizer is to maintain a 20:10 ratio of alcohol to aloe vera, these ensure your sanitizer alcohol content is around 60 percent.
How do to make your own hand sanitizer?
To make effective germ bursting hand sanitizer at home, follow the below tips and methods?
- First, use and open clean space, to ensure the space is clean, wipe the surfaces with diluted bleach,
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before going ahead with the making process.
- To mix, use a clean spoon or mixer
- Ensure all ingredients are mixed thoroughly,
- Avoiding touching the ingredients with your hand until they are ready to use.
With these tips in mind let’s get started:
- Add 2 parts Ethanol or Isopropyl alcohol into a clean bowl or container of choice
- Add 1 part of Aleo vera gel into the same container
- Add few drops of essential oil (clove, eucalyptus oil or other essential oil)
- Mix all together three together until they blend completely.
- Your hand sanitizer is ready to use.
Is Your Homemade Sanitizer Safe?
If you search the internet for how to make sanitizers, there are thousands of articles published already, but are they safe?
These recipes online including the one above are intended for individuals with prior knowledge to effectively make and use homemade sanitizers. These sanitizers are only recommended when you’re unable to wash your hands.
Note, improper ingredients in abnormal proportions can lead to
- Loss of efficacy thus will not prevent the exposure to these microbes.
- Burns, injuries, and skin irritations.
- Inhalation of hazardous chemicals via inhalations
How to Use Hand Sanitizer?
- Spray or apply te sanitizer to the palm of your hand.
- Rub your hands together ensuring all surfaces of your hands and fingers are covered.
- Continue rubbing until your hands are dry.
What Germs can Hand Sanitizers kill when Applied?
Alcohol-based Hand sanitizers that meet the minimum alcohol requirement of 60 percent according to CDC has the capacity to reduce the number of microbes on your hands. Alcohol-based sanitizers can kill a wide range of disease-causing pathogens including the Coronavirus.
However, Alcohol-based sanitizers still have some limitations and don’t eradicate all types of germs. Hand sanitizers are not effective at killing some germs such as:
- Clostridium difficile
- The causative organism of cryptosporidiosis – Cryptosporidium.
Its also worthy to note that, Hand sanitizers may not work if your hand is greasy or visibly dirty. When your hands are dirty opt-in for handwashing than the use of a hand sanitizer.
Hand Washing Versus Hand Sanitizer
The increased use of hand sanitizers is putting many in the position to either choose hand washing or to easily and quickly use a sanitizer.
Knowing when its best to use either of the options can be so helpful and is key to protecting yourself from all germs including the new coronavirus.
While both washing of hands and the use of hand sanitizers serve a purpose, washing your hands with soap and water should always be a priority as stated by the CDC. It’s advised to use hand sanitizers only when soap and water aren’t in proximity at that point in time.
Produce your effective hand sanitizers and use only on the go but not over the need to always wash your hands with soap and water.