As the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus continues, demand for basic sanitary items — namely hand sanitizer — is increasing along with it. Hand sanitizer sold out at stores across the country over the weekend, leading people to turn to the web in search of it — only to find the product was largely unavailable there as well or being offered at a costly price.
Health professionals continue to stress that proper hand-washing is the best way to prevent viruses such as the novel coronavirus. But if soap and water aren’t available, hand sanitizer is the next best option — namely if it contains at least 60 percent alcohol, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.
Can’t find hand sanitizer to purchase? Don’t fret — because you can make your own.
Anne Marie Helmenstine, who holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, recently shared how to make homemade hand sanitizer.
- 2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
- 8-10 drops essential oil, optional (such as lavender, vanilla, peppermint, grapefruit)
- Bowl and spoon
- Recycled liquid soap or hand sanitizer bottle
Mix the ingredients in a bowl and stir with a spoon. Use the funnel to pour the liquid into the empty bottle.