DIY Hand Sanitizer – Few Easy Steps
As we all are well aware, that it is highly recommended to use a hand sanitizer in today’s terrible situation to keep ourselves save from virus and germs. Sometimes you might not have access to soap and water to keep your hands clean and that’s why it is well advised to keep a hand sanitizer handy. Most of you must have heard about how pharmacies are running out of hand sanitizer because of the Coronavirus pandemic. But don’t worry— making your own hand sanitizer at home is remarkably easy. You just have to be careful about the preparation and make sure you don’t mess it up.
Here is the step by step procedure to make your own hand sanitizer right at your home!
Step 1: Get Ingredients
Basically, making your own hand sanitizer is easy to do and only requires a 3 ingredients.
1. Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol, make sure that it has 99% alcohol volume.
2. Aloe vera gel, which is basically available in every household.
3. Essential oil, such as lavender oil or tea tree oil. If you don’t find one then use lemon juice instead.
Step 2: Sanitize The Tools
Now this is something you should concentrate on. Make sure that the tools you use for mixing are properly sanitized: otherwise, you could ironically contaminate the whole sanitizer solution. By tools, we mean the container or the stirrer must be cleaned and sanitized before usage.
Step 3: Preparation
The basic formula for hand sanitizer combines 2 parts of isopropyl alcohol or ethanol (91-99 per cent alcohol) and one part of aloe vera gel. Add a few drops of clove, eucalyptus or other essential oil. Also, we recommend you to let the concoction sit for a minimum of 72 hours after you’re done. That way the sanitizer has time to kill any bacteria that might have been introduced to the solution during the mixing process.
Step 4: Precautions To be Taken
Make the hand sanitizer in a clean space. Wash your hands thoroughly before making the concoction. Also, in order to mix, use a clean spoon and whisk. Plus don’t use any diluted alcohol. Last but not least don’t touch the mixture with your hands until it’s ready for use (which is after 72 hours).
Step 5: Make Sure it’s Safe to Use
Well, one thing you have to focus on is the proportion of ingredients. That can really mess up your hand sanitizer. Improper proportions of the ingredients can lead to skin irritation, lack of efficiency or worse burns.
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