The first casualty of the global coronavirus pandemic was hand sanitiser from supermarket shelves. With the government advising frequent and thorough hand washing, prior even to the introduction of social distancing measures and lockdown, sales of hand sanitiser surged worldwide. It’s no surprise, given the fact that the World Health Organisation and the CDC have advised the best way to prevent the spread of germs is through regular handwashing. However, in the absence of soap and water, hand sanitiser containing at least 60% alcohol has been recommended. With stocks cleared from shelves, shops implementing restrictions and limitations on purchases of hand sanitiser, experts have advised homemade sanitiser could work just as well.
Homemade Hand Sanitiser
With stocks diminishing, trips to the supermarket and medical stores reduced to bare necessities and essentials, homemade hand sanitiser may be the way forward. The key to effective hand sanitiser is the percentage of alcohol it contains, the crucial ingredient required to kill the coronavirus cells. Experts have advised anything containing less that 60-70% alcohol will simply not suffice. Dr Stephen Morse, professor of epidemiology at Columbia University has reassured the public that homemade hand sanitiser is “about as effective as using soap and water,” if made correctly.
How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitiser
The key ingredient, as mentioned above, is alcohol. Known as isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol, this forms the active base of the mixture. You will require this key ingredient, as well as aloe vera gel, a bowl, a spoon, a funnel and either a spray bottle or liquid soap container. First, pour 2/3 cup of alcohol into the empty dry bowl. Then, add 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Once blended together, pour the mixture into containers. To mask the strong smell of the alcohol, add a few drops of an essential oil, such as lavender.