How to make hand sanitizer at home

We all have come a long way in preventing the spread of deadly coronavirus; and when it comes to traditional methods of prevention, nothing can beat the old fashioned hand washing technique. But, there may be times when soap and water aren’t available, which makes alcohol based hand sanitizer the next best option.

Recently, the demand for hand sanitizer has been at its peak and unless you have a stockpile of it. You’ll have a hard time finding it any store. As most of sellers are unable to keep up with the demand for hand sanitizer. But, no need to worry about it as we are here to provide with some of the easy steps to make your own hand sanitizer at home.

Let’s begin by the ingredients needed to make sanitizer-

Making your own hand sanitizer is quite easy and requires just three ingredients which are as follows-

* Aloe vera gel

* Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent alcohol volume)

* Essential oil, such as tea tree oil or you can use lemon juice instead.

Since, 60% alcohol content is an essential amount to kill the germs, try to keep alcohol and aloe vera in the proportion of 2:1.

Steps involved-

* Make sure to prepare the solution in a clean space and wash your hands thoroughly before making it.

* Now, add 1 part aloe vera gel to 2 parts of isopropyl alcohol or ethanol (91–99 percent alcohol) and a few drops of eucalyptus, clove or other essential oil.

* Mix them well with a clean spoon. Wash the tools before using them.

* Keep mixing them until they are thoroughly blended and don’t touch it until it’s completely ready.

WHO too provides a formula for a larger quantity of hand sanitizer. The ingredients mentioned by it are as follows-

* Boiled or distilled cold water

* Isopropyl alcohol or ethanol

* Glycerol

* Hydrogen peroxide

Note: These recipes are intended for use by professionals who have expertise; and resources to make it safely as improper proportion of ingredients can lead to burns, skin irritation or injury.

It is advisable to use homemade hand sanitizer only in extreme situations when other options aren’t available. Also, try not to use homemade sanitizer on children’s skins as they may be more prone to the risk of injury.

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