DIY Homemade Hand Sanitizer (2 Simple Ingredients)
With the Coronavirus spreading fast, and the Flu spreading even faster, hand sanitizer is getting harder and harder to find. Many store shelves are empty, while shoppers try to find hand sanitizer online for extra protection.
Of course, some are even trying to price gouge the now hard-to-find hand sanitizer. Some stores are jacking up prices to a record $150 per bottle. The fear is real, but the panic is something we can all live without.
Make Hand Sanitizer at Home
So, why not make your own hand sanitizer at home? It’s simple and you need only two ingredients you probably already have in your cupboards.
NEIL DIAMOND: touching hands
CDC: no don’t touch hands
NEIL DIAMOND: reaching out
CDC: please avoid that
NEIL DIAMOND: TOUCHING YOU-
CDC: everyone is Boston is doomed
— actioncookbook (@actioncookbook) February 28, 2020
Is hand sanitizer effective against Coronavirus?
Short answer, yes… but…
Hand sanitizer will kill some of the germs. However, washing your hands is still recommended over using hand sanitizer. Personally, I do both on a regular basis.
But, I do that whether or not there’s a viral outbreak or impending doom.
CDC Says, Wash Your Hands
The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible. Because, handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.
just want to add, also, that you should consider washing your hands when there’s not a global virus panic also
— Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) February 27, 2020
On the upside, there are so many funny new memes and posts. It’s always a good idea to keep things in perspective with a little humor.
Home Hand Sanitizer with Vodka
Can you make hand sanitizer with vodka? Short answer, yes you can. But, it’s not going to be effective. So, don’t do it.
This is one of those times when “just because you can doesn’t mean you should” holds true. After all, hand sanitizer needs to be at least 60% alcohol, according to the CDC.
Tito’s Vodka asked people not to use their vodka to make hand sanitizer. Why? Because vodka is only 40% alcohol. And, let’s face it. If you waste it on hand sanitizer there will be less to enjoy in your martini. Actually, I’m more of a greyhound kinda girl, but I digress.
Per the CDC, hand sanitizer needs to contain at least 60% alcohol. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is 40% alcohol, and therefore does not meet the current recommendation of the CDC. Please see attached for more information. pic.twitter.com/OMwR6Oj28Q
— TitosVodka (@TitosVodka) March 5, 2020
How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer
If you’re looking for hand sanitizer in stores and can’t find it, then make your own. The best way to safeguard against the spread of viruses is washing your hands. Then use sanitizer if you want.
To make your own hand sanitizer, use a mix of 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol (aka rubbing alcohol) and aloe vera gel. These two ingredients will kill germs (but not all germs, so wash your hands!) without drying out skin.
For example, I have an aloe vera plant that I use. It’s wonderful and it’s free.
To make your own sanitizer, mix in 60% alcohol with aloe vera gel. Use 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol and 1/3 cup aloe vera gel.
And then, wash your hands.
How to use hand sanitizer
As mentioned several times before, the first step is washing your hands. You can wash your hands with soap and water for as long as it takes to sing “happy birthday” twice.
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. – Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Then, when using hand sanitizer, apply the product to the palm of one hand (for retail products, read the label to learn the correct amount) and rub the product all over the surfaces of your hands until your hands are dry. It’s important not to do too fast or not let hands dry completely.
And, if you didn’t get the hint yet… wash your hands.