Making Hand Sanitizer At Home
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all stores and service outlets in South Africa are required to provide a liquid mixture with either ethanol or alcohol as one of the main ingredients for people to clean their hands with. Hand sanitizers are used in fighting viral infections. The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised handwashing with soap and water to eliminate contact transmission, or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers to kill any trace of a virus. Stoping the spread of the virus will minimize the risk of contracting or spreading it to others. So the question is, can you make homemade hand sanitizers? Absolutely! Make sure you follow this step-by-step guide carefully as you need to get the proportion of alcohol just right.
What You Will Need To Make An Effective Hand Sanitizer:
The main active ingredient in all recipes is isopropyl alcohol. This is the key ingredient to stop the spread of viruses and the spread of germs. For a recipe to be effective, you need to use an IPA that has a concentration of at least 99.8%. The WHO also recommends that no visible dirt is on the skin when using a sanitizer.
We recommend this over ethanol, as ethanol can have adverse effects and cause skin irritation.
Don’t go buying litres of alcohol, as one order should keep you stocked up for a good while. You can also use your leftover sanitizer to wipe down surfaces. Make sure to never let the IPA near your mouth or nose when washing your hands.
You can buy isopropyl alcohol over here.
Container Or Bottle
You will need a clean container or plastic bottles to store your mixture. We recommend buying a large container for your home and a smaller one for the road. Before you use your bottle, make sure there is no water inside and that it is completely dry.
Check out our products if you’re looking for a squirt bottle or other kinds of equipment.
We recommend using an aloe vera gel as a binding agent.
Making Your Homemade Hand Sanitizer
The concentration of ingredients is very important in all DIY sanitizer recipes, so follow these steps carefully.
Your mixture will require an alcohol content of at least 60%.
To achieve this, combine 2/3 parts of alcohol with 1/3 parts of aloe vera.
If you find yourself in a resource-limited area that has a lack of accessibility to clean water, you’ll be grateful for making a homemade hand sanitizer to use on your hands. Nothing is worse than being unable to wash your hands with soap after touching surfaces that may have traces of a virus or harmful bacteria.
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