How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils
When it comes to preventing the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19,wearing a face mask and washing hands are the basic methods.And the best option of hand washing is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitize that contains at least 60 percent alcohol to help kill bacteria.However,you'll likely have a hard time finding any hand sanitizer at a store or online right now.
DIY hand sanitizer at home is popular at these days.It just needs three ingredients:
■ Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent alcohol volume)
■ Aloe vera gel
■ An essential oil, such as tea tree oil or lavender oil
How to make your own hand sanitizer?
★ 2/3 cup 99 percent rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol
★ 1/3 cup aloe vera gel(to help keep your hands smooth and to counteract the harshness of alcohol)
★ 8 to 10 drops of essential oil, such as lavender essential oil/tea tree essential oil, or you can use lemon juice instead(to give it a pleasant scent)
◊ Pour all ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a pouring spout like a glass measuring container.
◊ Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel.
◊ Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it "hand sanitizer".
The recipe is intended for use by professionals with both the expertise and resources to safely make homemade hand sanitizers.Improper ingredients or proportions can lead to skin irritation or injury.Homemade hand sanitizer is also not recommended for use with children.Children may be more prone to improper hand sanitizer usage, which could lead to greater risk for injury.
How to use hand sanitizer?
◆ Spray or apply the sanitizer to the palm of one hand.
◆ Thoroughly rub your hands together. Make sure you cover the entire surface of your hands and all your fingers.
◆ Continue rubbing for 30 to 60 seconds or until your hands are dry. It can take at least 60 seconds, and sometimes longer, for hand sanitizer to kill most germs.
In conclusion,alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good way to help prevent the spread of germs when soap and water isn’t available. And you only need a few ingredients, such as rubbing alcohol, aloe vera gel and an essential oil to make your own hand sanitizer.But health authorities still recommend handwashing whenever possible to keep your hands free of disease-causing viruses and other germs.