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Is it possible to make a homemade hand sanitizer? Does it work? And, how effective will it be? These are some of the most frequently asked questions today. The world has been panic gripped since the announcement by the World Health Organisation that the Novel Coronavirus is a pandemic

Additionally, this has resulted in South Africa being put on high alert. Schools will be closed on 18 March. Contact with others has been put on hold through the cancellation of events. And, in the wake of all this, people have been panic buying. One of the fastest moving items globally is hand sanitizer.

Nothing Beats Washing Hands

Firstly, nothing beats great personal hygiene. Hands are the fastest way to spread viruses such as Covid-19. To keep hands clean the WHO (World Health Organisation) suggests that hands be washed frequently with warm water and soap. Hand washing should be done for at least 20 seconds. Once you have washed your hands, then you can make use of an Alcohol-based hand sanitizer, either store-bought or Homemade Hand Sanitizer.

Should you make Homemade Hand Sanitizer?

If you are planning to make your own Homemade Hand Sanitizer, you need to know that your ingredients must be precisely measured. If not, the product will not actually work. Additionally, an incorrectly mixed Homemade Hand Sanitizer can actually cause harm.

The science of Homemade Hand Sanitizer

The main ingredient for any Homemade Hand Sanitizer is either rubbing alcohol or ethanol and aloe vera gel for thickening.

You’ll need them in these quantities:

  • 2/3 cup or 150ml rubbing alcohol
  • 1/3 cup or 75ml Aloe Vera gel

Other items you’ll need:

  • Bowl for mixing
  • Spoon to mix with
  • Cleaned bottle with a pump (must be resealable)
  • Funnel

Now, all you need to do is mix the ingredients together. Then pour the mixture into the container using the funnel and you’re set to go. Always remember that Homemade Hand Sanitizer ingredients are harmful and should not be ingested. Instruct children on the right way to use Homemade Hand Sanitizer and keep it away from pets.