One of the best ways of stopping the spread of viruses and germs is properly rubbing your hands. Doing this is a surety that you’ll kill all the germs and viruses and ultimately you won’t get sick. However, there are times when you don’t have access to clean water and soap, and most of the times this situation arises when you are somewhere out. Thus, during this time, carrying a hand sanitizer spray can protect your health.
Today, everyone is aware of the coronavirus pandemic owing to which the hand sanitizer bottles are selling out from the medical and drug stores at a rapid pace. But you don’t need to worry as there are a few steps and ingredients by which an effective hand sanitizer spray can be made at home. By performing this activity you just have to make sure that you don’t mess up with the making process and use the ingredients in the required amounts. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if the concoction is left to sit for around 72 hours after you’re done with the mixing process, the time will help in killing the bacteria that might have been introduced during the procedure.
There are a number of recipes to make homemade hand sanitizer spray but the simpler one is introduced in this article. The first is one is for the emergency situations for which you can find the ingredients under the sink and your kitchen cabinet. The second procedure is a little complex but easy at the same time, in which you need some ingredients from the market. Although, a lot of items re hastily going out of stock because of the high demand so make sure you get them from the drug store.
The main ingredient to make a homemade hand sanitizer spray is alcohol. As per the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, your sanitizer must contain at least 60 percent of alcohol to be as effective as the hand sanitizer bottle available in the market. However, it’s better to get way above that percentage mark and aim for an approximately 75 percent of alcohol. The best thing to use is the bottle of isopropyl that contains 99 percent of alcohol.
A Quick Recipe for Gel
- Tea tree oil
- Aloe Vera gel
- Isopropyl alcohol
Mix 3 portions isopropyl alcohol to 1 portion Aloe Vera gel and to give your hand sanitizer a pleasant smell, add a few drops of tea tree oil.
The Better Recipe for Spray Sanitizer
- Spray Bottle
- Glycerin or Glycerol
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Distilled water
- Hydrogen peroxide
Although an effective sanitizer is made with aloe mixture it leaves your skin irritatingly sticky. Listed below is a recipe which is more potent and less sticky and is based on the mixture recommended by the World Health Organization.
Take 2 teaspoons of glycerin and mix it with 12 fluid ounces of alcohol. As glycerol is an important ingredient make sure you get it from the market. If you are unable to get glycerol, continue with the rest of the procedure anyway. But do remember to condition your hands with a moisturizer after using the sanitizer.
Put 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide in that mixture and then add 3 fluid ounces of boiled or distilled or boiled water. Finally, put the mixed solution into a spray bottle. As it is a spray you can use it as a wipe and also wet a paper towel with it.
For a pleasant smell, you can also add essential oil to the solution.
The Bottom Line
Hand sanitizer is a significant and handy on-the-go product to help in preventing the spread of germs or viruses when water and soap are not available. Hand sanitizers that are alcohol-based can help in reducing the spread of viruses such as COVID-19 and keep you safe. In this pandemic situation, it is hard to find hand sanitizers in the local stores and hence the above-mentioned recipes can help in making one at your home. You just need a few parts such as essential oil, aloe vera gel, and rubbing alcohol.
Even if we can get rid of germs by using a hand sanitizer, the health authorities have recommended to the individuals to wash hands whenever possible. This will help to keep you safe, healthy, and away from disease-causing germs and viruses.