With COVID-19 continuing to make headlines world over, it remains imperative that we maintain a good hand washing/ hand sanitizing culture. That being said, the recent past has seen hand sanitizer shelves at different shopping outlets run out. This is understandable given the efficiency of hand sanitizers over good old fashioned washing your hands with soap and water. So let’s talk about how you can stay safe by making your own hand sanitizer:
There has been a lot of talks around what kind of alcohol you can use when making hand sanitizer. Well, here is what you will need alcohol/ethanol that is at least 60 percent alcohol volume for your hand sanitizer to be effective. However, the more the better. An ideal option would be 99% isopropyl alcohol. Alternatively, you could use surgical spirit which has around 70% alcohol volume and is easily available. Avoid using vodka in place of alcohol, the results may not be good.
Here are places you can get Alcohol:
Owing to Alcohol’s tendency to quickly evaporate, there is a need to mix it with gel so as to help it stay longer within the skin before it evaporates. It also helps reduce the burn of alcohol on the skin. Glycerine can also be used as an alternative to Aloe Vera Gel.
Here is where you can get Aloe Vera Gel:
Some of the essential oils that can be used to make this possible will include Lavender, Sweet Orange, etc. These essential oils are completely optional. Their only function is to improve the scent of your hand sanitizer by masking the alcohol smell.
Where to get essential oils:
You will also need a funnel and a cup.
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