Coronavirus: Make hand sanitizer at home

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, we should use a sanitizer with at least 60 per cent alcohol content in it.

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After the first positive case of coronavirus in the capital was confirmed, everyone is in panic mode. While people are trying to stock masks and hand sanitizers, many pharmacies are already out of stock.

What if we told you, you can make an equally effective hand sanitiser at home. To prepare it, you just need some basic ingredients that you can easily find at the drug store or a grocery store.

The right kind of sanitizer to use to kill the virus

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, we should use a sanitizer with at least 60 per cent alcohol content in it. This recipe will make for a sanitizer with the alcohol content which is more than 60 per cent.

Also read: Hand sanitizer vs handwash: Which is better for coronavirus protection

What you will need:

  • 2/3 cup of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) 91%
  • 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel (If you want to increase the alcohol content in the sanitizer, you can reduce the aloe vera gel to 1/4 cup).
  • Essential oil of your choice
  • A medium-size mixing bowl
  • A spoon
  • An empty container to store the sanitizer
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How to make the sanitizer at home

Take the mixing bowl and add Isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel in the given quantities. Mix them until well blended.

Now add 8-10 drops of essential oil to the mixture to make it smell nice.

Now pour this homemade sanitizer into an empty container and close it properly. You can take a small piece of masking tape and label the bottle as hand sanitizer to leave no confusion for anyone who sees the bottle.

Though yes, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best way to safeguard yourself, using sanitizer is definitely the second-best option.

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