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Although this article will demonstrate how to make hand sanitizer, we must state that all the steps shown are for professionals. If you have the knowledge for the save creation of hand sanitizer, then please read on.
There are many hand sanitizer recipes online, so we search far and wide on the internet to make sure we found the right one. The WHO has its recipes for hand sanitizer, and I would look into that one.
Most of our research on sanitizer has come from the (World Health Organization) Website.
Do not use hand sanitizer on children’s skin as it is more likely to be an irritant.
When handwashing is not available, we suggest using hand sanitizer, but the regular soap and water are still the way to go.
So Let Jump in!
We are all aware that the entire world is in a state of emergency regarding the virus called COVID-19, and the best way we will be able to beat this virus is going to be practicing regular good hand hygiene.
In this article, we will be going over how to create hand sanitizer from everyday household items as well as how to wash your hands properly.
How To Make Hand Sanitizers
One thing most people forget when making their own hand sanitizer ist to clean the equipment that they first disinfect all utensils, pots, and pans that you are using to make sure that the surface you are using is clean and dirt free.
According to the CDC, for any kind of hand sanitizer to be effective in killing the germs, it must at least contain 60 % of alcohol content.
The alcohol inside the hand sanitizer can harm and burn the skin that’s why most sanitizers you buy from stores will have a soothing agent mix together Our hand sanitizer will have the same it is called (Aloe Vera)
FACTS – From the year 2010, poison control center telephone lines countrywide in the United States have watched as there is nearly 400% increase in operator calls related to children younger than 12 consuming hand sanitizer, according to a new analysis by the Georgia Poison Center.
All that said the making of hand sanitizer is quite easy and quick to do all you need are these three main ingredients
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Rubbing alcohol (99 percent alcohol volume)
- Use Essential oil, such as lavender.
Making Aloe Vera
Well, the most effective way to get aloe vera is just making it yourself Aloe vera comes from the leaves of a plant called Aloe.
When you cut off a leaf from the plant, it is essential to let it stand upright. It lets the resin drain out first this resin is a form of latex which can be an irritant to the skin.
Now you can just peel away the outer layer of the aloe leaf, and inside, you will see the gel. You can scoop it into a mixing bowl, but make sure not to scoop the outer leaves with it.
Mix it in a bowl or blender until it is a runny liquid that should not take longer than a few seconds.
There you go, you have your own aloe vera remember if you do not add any preservatives to the aloe vera, it will only last for about a week.
Rubbing alcohol is another term for Ethanol or Isopropyl. According to Wikipedia, if you use the term rubbing alcohol, it means there are 70% alcohol per volume. Be cautious as rubbing or any kind of alcohol is extremely flammable.
Essential Lavender oil
The oil of lavender comes from the lavender plant. You can apply it to the skin lavender has many healing properties, including clearing up acne and helping with dry skin.
To make this an effective hand sanitizer we must stick to a 2 to 1 ratio
Meaning two parts alcohol to 1 part aloe vera. This will keep the alcohol around 60 percent in the mixture. This is also the minimum, according to the CDC.
What do you need
- Three-quarters cup of rubbing alcohol or ethanol
- A quarter cup of Aloe vera gel
- Approximately ten drops of tea tree oil or lavender oil, you can use lemon juice if you please.
After you have made your hand sanitizer let it sit for approximately 72 hours before use this will make all the ingredients infuse well together
Going forward add all ingredients into a mixing bowl it is suggested that a cup or bowl or whatever has a pouring spout be used this way you can control the flow and minimize spilling
You can mix it by hand or in a blender for a few seconds, add the liquid into a spray bottle, and please remember to add a label on the bottle like hand sanitizer do not touch, giving the bottle color can sometimes help like red which means danger.
Store in a cool, dry place outside of the reach of minors and children.
When you are making hand sanitizer at home, there are a few rules
- Make sure all utensils are clean before making a hand sanitizer. You do not want to cross-contaminate.
- That includes washing your hands.
- Make sure that any other substance does not dilute the rubbing alcohol.
- Do not touch the solution with your hands until ready.
- Try to wear face protection or a mask while making the hand sanitizer.
Do Not Use This
Do not use regular spirits for the hand sanitizers your regular Vodka and Whiskey and Brandies are a little too light to use and do not contain enough alcohol
Unsafe hand sanitizer recipes on the internet
Like the recipes above these are intended for professionals we must state that washing your hands with soap and water is still the safest way to help prevent COVID-19
Although hand sanitizers should only be used when there is no water available or for any reason, your hands cannot be washed with soap
Not Following The Guidelines Can Lead To
- Lack of potency, meaning the sanitizer is not strong enough to kill germs.
- Inhalation of hazardous chemicals which can lead to suffocation.
- Irritation on skin or burns on the skin.
- How to use the Hand sanitizer
The sanitizer is not meant to be used by children, also when the chemical is sprayed onto hands make sure that your hands are dirt and grease-free
Dirt and grease would make the hand sanitizer absolutely forming a layer between the alcohol and the germs. Make sure that when a sanitizer is sprayed, it allows for 60 seconds to dry.
Spray sanitizer on the one hand and put the bottle down, rub your hands together, starting from the palms and work your way around your fingers and top of the hand.
Do not touch the bottle while your hands are wet to wait until it is dry before applying another coat.
FACT – It can take up to 60 seconds or longer for hand sanitizer to kill 99.9 percent of germs.
What Germs Can’t Be Killed By Hand Sanitizers
Hand sanitizer is ineffective against germs like:
The norovirus is a stomach virus giving diarrhea it can last around three days and is very contagious but luckily not very dangerous as you would under normal circumstances make a full recovery. It can spread quite quickly under children nearby.
Also, a stomach virus can cause terrible diarrhea and is also very contagious, although people recover very fast there are reports that it can be quite dangerous for children. The virus is found across the world The virus is also known by its shorter name called CRYPTO
It is an infection that causes the wall of the colon to get inflammation, and the range of symptoms is quite significant. We all have these bacteria in our system, but it is usually kept in check by other bacteria.
Always wash your hands when
- When you sneeze cough or blow your nose
- After you touch some surfaces that might be contaminated
- When you finish in the bathroom
The Steps To Wash Your Hands Effectively
Soak your hands under running water hot or cold it does not matter there is no scientific evidence that hot water is better than cold water.
Use the soap that you prefer. We can try different types like liquids or solids, even ones that have moisturizers in. wash your hands and make sure that you lather up both sides front and back
Spread the lather between your fingers and make sure that it completely covers the wrist you can wash up until your elbows if you wish
Rinse off with water and make sure that if it was a public bathroom that you use to turn off the tap either with your elbow or with the paper towel you used to dry your hands.
Although water and soap should be used to wash hands, if it is out of reach, you can use a hand sanitizer that you create yourself. With the current COVID-19 outbreak that we experience it is always better to speak to a healthcare practitioner when you are feeling under the weather
Making of hand sanitizers should be left for professional but if you do not know how to make these I hope this article helps