In the midst of this difficult time we are all facing, everyone is trying to do the best they can to take their precautions and keep themselves and their loved ones safe and sound. And seeing how the whole Coronavirus pandemic comes as a new and unfamiliar crisis to us all, we need to listen to what the experts on the subject have to say and follow whatever instructions they give us.
In the case of facing the new Covid-19 crisis, the experts to go to are the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And according to those experts, the best way to protect yourself and prevent the Coronavirus from spreading is to regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds straight or repeatedly disinfect your hands throughout the day using a hand sanitizer that consists of 60-70% pure alcohol.
Naturally, this resulted in a high increase in the demand for hand sanitizers and alcohol disinfectants from drug stores and medical supplies stores. This -also naturally- resulted in a high increase in these products’ prices. Some stores even put a limit on how many bottles of hand sanitizers one consumer is allowed to buy due to the extreme shortage.
However, what most people don’t know is that if you can’t find, or don’t want to over-pay for hand sanitizers, you can just make them yourself, according to the Independent who published a DIY hand sanitizers recipe based on the instructions given by scientists and experts.
Here at Yajny, we did the research for you and got you exactly the information you will need to make your own hand sanitizer.
DIY Hand Sanitizer effective on the Coronavirus:
To make your hand sanitizer at home, here is what you need:
- Isopropyl alcohol, also known as rubbing alcohol.
- Aloe vera gel.
- A Bowl.
- A Spoon.
- A Funnel.
- A Spray Bottle or a liquid soap container.
- First, pour 2/3 cup of alcohol and 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel into the bowl, and mix them until completely blended. The aloe vera gel will make the sanitizer more easily applicable.
- Once the mixture is all blended, use the funnel and carefully pour the mixture into the spray bottle or liquid soap container. Now your DIY hand sanitizer is all ready.
This next step is more of an additional and not essential step, it is more for those who are bothered by the pungy smell of alcohol. If you would like to mask the alcohol scent, you can add 5-10 drops of the essential oil of your choice, such as peppermint or lavender.
Now your home-made sanitizer is all ready, the only thing you need to pay extra attention to while creating it is making sure the alcohol amount you use it at the right percentage.
According to several experts and academic professors, such Dr. David Agus, the Medicine Professor at the University of Southern California and Dr. Stephen Morse, the epidemiology professor at Columbia University, home-made hand sanitizers are just “as effective on the Coronavirus” as store-bought sanitizers and soap and water, as long as you are using the right percentage of alcohol, which is 60-70% of the total amount.
Dr. Agus even encouraged people to make their own home-made sanitizers as a way of going around and resisting corporates and manufacturers’ price-gouging.