Hand Sanitizer You Can Easily Make at Home

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Hand Sanitizer You Can Easily Make at Home
Hand Sanitizer You Can Easily Make at Home

(WellnessPursuits.com) – As the Coronavirus spreads, it becomes more and more important that we all practice safe hygiene. As far as we know, the most likely way we can catch the virus is through our eyes, nose and mouth. If someone sneezes or coughs and we’re close enough to be in the spray area, the virus can invade us.

Since we’ve learned that being in close contact with a large group of people is no longer a good idea, the other major way we’re going to get the virus into us is by touching our eyes, nose or mouth with our hands.

How does the virus get on our hands?

  • Shaking hands or touching a person who is infected or carrying the virus (and may not show symptoms)
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  • Touching any hard surface – hand rails, steering wheels, countertops, doorknobs, toilets, sinks, faucets, pens, pencils, etc. – The virus can live for several days on hard surfaces.

The CDC strongly recommends that we wash our hands with soap and water, but since soap and water are not always available, hand sanitizers become essential to keep our hands from passing on the virus to ourselves and others.

Hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes are pretty much sold out in most stores, but there’s no need to worry. There is a solution. With the CDC’s simple formula, you can easily make your own!

The CDC recommends that a hand sanitizer will be effective if it contains at least 60% alcohol. So how do you make a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol? Easy!

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Here are the simple ingredients:

  • Isopropyl/rubbing alcohol – It’s sold in various size bottles and jugs. Look for the % of alcohol content on the label. You’ll see that it contains from 70% alcohol to 99% (you can buy it from CVS, Walmart, or most of the big box stores including Amazon) – Warning: Do not consume rubbing alcohol – It causes organ damage and even death.
  • Aloe Vera gel – It too is sold in the big box stores.
  • Essential Oils – (totally optional) – Just to make it smell nice
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Choose 1 of the 2 recipes below depending on what % the bottle of rubbing alcohol says it contains:

Here is the recipe: 

  • If you buy 91% or 99% rubbing alcohol, mix thoroughly:
    • 2/3 cup of alcohol
    • 1/3 cup aloe vera
    • Several drops of your favorite essential oil
    • Pour your mixture into an empty bottle or applicator of your choice. (Funnels make this so much easier).
  • If you buy 70% rubbing alcohol, mix thoroughly:
    • 7oz alcohol – (one measuring cup contains 8oz)
    • 1oz aloe vera
    • Several drops of your favorite essential oil
    • Pour your mixture into an empty bottle or applicator of your choice. (Funnels make this so much easier).

Use either of these basic recipes depending on the % of isopropyl/rubbing alcohol you buy. You can double, triple the recipe or more depending how much hand sanitizer you want to end up with.

Tips:

  1. Hand sanitizer is to kill germs. It’s not to clean your hands from dirt or grease and won’t be as effective if your hands are noticeably grimy.
  2. Make sure you rub the hand sanitizer into your hands until dry.
  3. Do not consume the hand sanitizer in any form
  4. Keep your hands away from your face.

Stay safe out there.

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