How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer at Home to Avoid Novel Coronavirus
With the recent outbreak of the pandemic novel coronavirus, there has been a lot of advice on protecting yourself, which is great advice.
One of such advice given is that you wash your hands regularly or at least make use of a hand sanitizer if you can’t get to soap and water or if you are on the move.
Hand sanitizers that have an alcohol base of 60-90% are very effective in killing microbes on your hands before they find their way into your system.
Supermarkets are running out of hand sanitizers during this outbreak of the novel coronavirus due to the increase in demand and in the few other stores which still stock this item, the price has all but tripled.
Luckily, you can make your own hand sanitizer and using very simple ingredients too. Here’s how to go about it:
How to Make a Hand Sanitizer at Home
- 2/3 Cup Rubbing alcohol (also called isoprophil alcohol)
- 1/3 Cup Aloe vera
- 10 Drops Lavender or Rose Essential oil (Use hyssop essential oil if you can’t stand the fruity smell of the above two)
How to Make
- Get a large bowl and combine all the ingredients.
- Stir until you are sure it is well mixed.
- Next, get small containers and pour your hand sanitizer into these.
- Use as often as needed.
Other Helpful Tips
If you can’t get rubbing alcohol then you can make use of methylated spirit. However, you will have to dilute the spirit to 70% as using it in it’s original state may be too harsh on your skin, causing it to peel.
This hand sanitizer will kill up to 99% of all spore-forming germs on your hands.
Some This You Should Know about Hand Sanitizers
Although hand sanitizers are effective in killing most germs including the novel coronavirus, there are a few virus they can’t kill like the bug virus norovirus and the Clostridium difficile virus that cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Hand sanitizers are also not effective in completely removing some chemicals or pesticides, which is why as much as possible, you should endeavor to wash your hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Other Helpful Tips to Keep You Protected
Other tips that will keep you protected this period while the novel coronavirus continues to spread include
- Ensure you don’t touch your eyes, nose and other openings in your body with unwashed hands.
- Take vitamin C or eat foods rich in vitamin C like oranges, lemonade, grapes, strawberries and pawpaw regularly to boost your immune system.
- Keep your social distance from people who appear visibly sick. The recommended space you should give is 6 feet.
- Keep yourself protected including wearing a facemask and wash your hands often if caring for an infected person.
- Self isolate for 14 days if you come down with symptoms suspected to be the novel coronavirus until they pass.
- Report anyone you suspect could be down with the virus. This isn’t being wicked, if anything you’re actually looking out for them.
- Stay hydrated this period by taking water or any other fluids as much as you can.
- Also keep your immune system healthy and functioning by taking foods known to be high in vitamin C like citrus, strawberries and papaya.
- Avoid large social gatherings this time. However if you must, ensure you stay protected by wearing a face mask. Also have a bottle of hand sanitizer on your person and use as often as you can.
Coronavirus is deadly and fast spreading. It has infected an estimated 235,000 people with a death toll of over 11,000. However with a healthy immune system and the right precautionary measures observed, the chances of beating this disease gets higher.
While making your own hand sanitizer is great as you’ll know the quantity of each item that goes into it, getting one off the shelve is just as effective and will serve the same purpose. You should however, go for a brand that contains at least 70% alcohol to effectively kill all germs and viruses on your hands.
A few good brands you can go for include 75 Alcohol Hand Sanitizer and Flightbird Disposable Hand Sanitizer Gel.