The old-time hand washing still remains the best bet when it comes to preventing the spread of contagious diseases like the novel coronavirus.
However, hand washing is not done properly due to our various lifestyles and daily routines.
When you’re out and about without access to water or a sink, the next best option is using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer according to the Center for Disease control and Prevention (CDC). Hand sanitizers reduce levels of microorganisms by killing them chemically, just like disinfectants kill germs on environmental surfaces.
Alarm over coronavirus has led to a high demand of hand sanitizers especially the popularly known brands. So, what do you do when the prices are skyrocketed? There’s no need to panic.
I’ve got good news for you. Making your own hand sanitizer is easy just with few ingredients which is available on our online store at affordable prices. Read on to find out how.
What are the ingredients that you need?
Making your own hand sanitizer at home is easy to do and only requires a few ingredients which is available for sale on our online store and can be delivered to your doorstep. The ingredients needed are:
- Rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol (99 percent alcohol volume)
- Triethanol amine
- Glycerin (Humecant)
- Distilled water
- an essential oil, or you can use lemon juice instead.
The key to making an effective, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is making the alcohol content at least 60 percent. This is the minimum concentration effective to kill most germs including COVID-19, as recommended by CDC.
How to make your own hand sanitizer?
What you’ll need for one litre of hand sanitizer:
- 700ml of isopropyl alcohol / rubbing alcohol / ethanol (99 percent)
- 200ml of distilled water
- 95ml of glycerin (to help keep your hands smooth and to counteract the harshness of alcohol).
- 4g of carbomer
- 2ml of triethanol amine
- 10 drops of essential oil, such as lavender oil, or you can use lemon juice as an alternative.
- A bowl
- A stirrer
- A graduated container for measuring the required quantities
- Pour the carbomer (a gelling agent in powder form) into a bowl
- Add the distilled water and stir rapidly to prevent clumping
- Add triethanol amine and mix well till it forms a gel
- Pour the alcohol into the gel-like mixture and continue mixing
- Then add glycerin and mix.
- Mix the ingredients with a stirrer till you attain a smooth solution
- Pour the mixture into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it “hand sanitizer.”
Take note of these things when making your hand sanitizer at home:
- Make the hand sanitizer in a clean space. Wipe down counter tops with ethanol or diluted bleach solution beforehand.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before making the hand sanitizer.
- To mix, use a clean stirrer and whisk. Wash these items thoroughly before using them.
- Make sure the alcohol used for the hand sanitizer is not diluted.
- Mix all the ingredients thoroughly until they are well blended.
- Do not touch the mixture with your hands until it is ready for use.
NOTE: Alcohol is highly inflammable, let your mixing space be void of heat or fire.
Two things to be aware of when using hand sanitizer is that you need to rub it into your skin until your hands are dry. And, if your hands are greasy or dirty, you should wash them first with soap and water.
Here are some steps to using hand sanitizer effectively.
- Apply the sanitizer to one palm of your hand.
- Rub your hands together thoroughly for about 30 to 60 seconds making sure you cover the entire surface of your hands and your fingers.