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DIY Hand Sanitizer: How To Make Your Own Sanitizer At Home

By marthamukuka • a week ago • 983 views • 310 comments

 With people resorting to panic buying and clearing grocery store shelves of hand sanitizers, a lot of us are left with no choice but to prepare them at home to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, cleaning your hands often with a sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is one of the most effective ways to avoid contracting COVID-19 (1).

Although sanitizers help inhibit the growth of certain types of germs, they do not eliminate all of them. The CDC suggests that washing hands with soap and water is more effective in killing the germs than sanitizers (2). But if soap and water are not available, use analcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you are having a hard time finding a sanitizer at your local grocery store, the good news is that you can now prepare your own hand sanitizer at home. Read on to know more. 

The World Health Organization has created a practical guide of DIY hand rub formulations with technical information about hand sanitizers (3). These recipes are meant for larger batches of sanitizers.

Ingredients That Help Kill The Germs

Make your own hand sanitizer at home using these ingredients:

  1. Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol or ethanol – It helps inactivate the virus (4), (5).
  2. Aloe vera gel – It has moisturizing properties (6). It can help replace some of the moisture stripped by alcohol.
  3. Essential oil (tea tree oil, or lavender oil, or cinnamon oil or rosemary oil or eucalyptus oil) – These oils exhibit antiviral and antibacterial properties (7), (8).

Note: As discussed above, your sanitizer must at least contain 60% alcohol to be effective against the virus. Since you are preparing the mix at home, aim to increase the alcohol level to at least 70% – 75%. A bottle of 99% isopropyl alcohol is highly recommended.

How To Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer At Home

This homemade sanitizer is not a 100% substitute for proper commercial sanitizer. Most of these ingredients have commonly accepted antiviral properties, but they have not been tested in a lab to work against coronavirus.

This sanitizer has 60% + alcohol content. However, this version is still not tested to have any effect against coronavirus. A tested version of DIY hand sanitizer is specified on the official website of the WHO (3).

Before trying this recipe, check with your healthcare provider. Also, do not use this sanitizer on children’s skin as they may be prone to more risks if used improperly.

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    Before trying this recipe, check with your healthcare provider. Also, do not use this sanitizer on children’s skin as they may be prone to more risks if used improperly.

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    Although sanitizers help inhibit the growth of certain types of germs, they do not eliminate all of them. The CDC suggests that washing hands with soap and water is more effective in killing the germs than sanitizers (2). But if soap and water are not available, use analcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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    Although sanitizers help inhibit the growth of certain types of germs, they do not eliminate all of them. The CDC suggests that washing hands with soap and water is more effective in killing the germs than sanitizers (2). But if soap and water are not available, use analcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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