Updated: Mar 26, 2020
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last month or two you know that coronavirus is a thing and it's big and it's scary. So scary in fact that seemingly the entire world rushed to stores like Target, Walgreens and Walmart on the same day and completely ran roughshod on their hand sanitizer displays.
Have you tried finding hand sanitizer lately? One quick internet search will show you that everything is pretty much sold out. Well, that is unless you want to pay $400 for a 6 ounce bottle on Amazon. Seriously? Yes, there are companies that are exploiting our fears and twisting them into ways to make ridiculous amounts of money by upping the price on hand sanitizer, wet wipes, Chlorox wipes and other home cleaning supplies.
Don't stress! Here's what to do instead.
According to the CDC the best ways to keep risk of illness at bay are to:
Avoid close contact with sick people/practice social distancing
Keep your hands off your eyes, nose and mouth
Stay home if sick
Sneeze/cough into a tissue then immediately toss the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly
Wash your hands before eating, after using the restroom, etc or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Keep in mind that hand sanitizer should never replace a good hand washing if you can help it.
Washing your hands is the best way of keeping germs at bay but the way that hand sanitizer has flown off the shelves in the last few weeks you'd be left to believe that if you don't have it, you're doomed. Plus, to be fair, if you are out and about without access to soap and water who wouldn't want it at their disposal to use in a pinch? I know that I do!!
After my failed attempt to secure the sanitizer during a recent trip to Walgreens I did the next logical thing - see if I can make it myself. The answer is that yes, yes I can and so can you.
Make your own hand sanitizer
Here is what you need to quickly make hand sanitizer at home:
91% Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol)
Aloe Vera Gel
Small mixing bowl and spoon or spatula (CLEAN!!!)
pump or squeeze bottle(s) (CLEAN!!!)
Add 2/3 c of Alcohol to mixing bowl
Add 1/3 c of Aloe Vera Gel to mixing bowl
Mix together with spoon or spatula
Pour into bottle(s) using funnel if necessary
Label your bottle and add date.
Voila! You've now made your sanitizer. A couple of things to note:
- Keep hand lotion available because sanitizer is typically super drying
- This is NOT intended for use by children
- Soap and water are a much better choice. If your hands are dirty/greasy/grimy hand sanitizer will not be as effective. - Rub hands for 30-60 seconds and until sanitizer has completely dried
- Sanitizer can burn if not made properly. Be sure to test before using.
-The CDC recommends sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol to be effective. This recipe gets you to 60.6%. If you use a different percentage rubbing alcohol (such as 70%) or want a stronger sanitizer you'll need to update your recipe as this one will not be as effective.
-AGAIN, remember that washing your hands as often as possible runs rings around using hand sanitizer
I hope that this helps. If you have a chance to make this drop a note in the comments.