When it comes to preventing the spread of infectious diseases like colds , flu, and now COVID-19, nothing beats good old-fashioned hand washing.
But if water and soap aren’t available, your next best option, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source, is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Unless you have a stockpile of store-bought hand sanitizer, you’ll likely have a hard time finding any at a store or online right now. Due to the rapid spread of t covid19 most retailers can’t keep up with the demand for hand sanitizer.
And you will find price gouging all over the internet and SHAME on YOU that takes advantage of others !
The good news? All it takes is two-three ingredients to make your own hand sanitizer at home. Read on to find out how.
Making your own hand sanitizer is easy to do and only requires a few ingredients:
The key to making an effective, germ-busting hand sanitizer is to stick to a 2:1 proportion of alcohol to aloe vera. This keeps the alcohol content around 60 percent. This is the minimum amount needed to kill most germs, according to the CDCTrusted Source.
Hand sanitizer recipe
What you’ll need:
- 3/4 cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (90-99 percent)
- 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel (to help keep your hands smooth and to counteract the harshness of alcohol) I like
Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel Crystal Clear but as long as its pure aloe it should be good and should not cost more than 6 – 8 bucks for a 24 oz size
isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (90-99 percent) costs 1-2 bucksoptional for scent
- 3 drops of essential oil, such as lavender oil, eucalyptus, orange or you can use lemon juice instead. Too much will dry out your skin.
- Pour all ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a pouring spout like a glass measuring container.
- Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel.
- Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle or spray bottles for easy use, and label it “hand sanitizer.”
Keep out of reach of children
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