Hand Washing is always preferred to hand sanitizer use. When a sink is not around, hand sanitizer is your next best options to fight COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains from 60 to 75% alcohol.
Demand is high for sanitizer but we maintain stock here at Hawk Tools regardless of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus. Most retailers just cant keep up with demand for hand sanitizer. Raw materials such as bottles and commercial alcohol are rare commodities.
All it takes is four ingredients to make your own hand sanitizer with commonly available items at your local store . Read on to find out how.
How to Sanitizer
- Making your own hand sanitizer requires basic ingredients:
- Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (90 percent alcohol volume)
- Aloe vera gel (Vegetable glycerine works as a substitute)
- Purified water
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Jagdish Khubchandani, PhD, associate professor of health science at Ball State University, shared some great info.
The key to making effective hand sanitizer is to follow the World Health Organization (WHO) recipe They recommend alcohol content stay around 75 percent. This is the minimum amount needed to kill most germs, according to the CDC.
- Wipe down your work area and choose a clean space
- Wash your hands before making the hand sanitizer.
- Use a disinfected mixing utensil such as a whisk.
- Check the Alcohol percentage on the bottle.
- Check that the mixture completely mixed.
- Do Not Touch! until the ingredients are ins suspension.
The WHO formula for a hand sanitizer:
- Isopropyl alcohol or ethanol 90%
- Hydrogen peroxide .125%
- Aloe (Glycerine) 1.45%
- Purified water 10%
- 10-litre glass or plastic bottles with screw-threaded stoppers (translucent so as to see the liquid level)
- Wooden, plastic or metal paddles for mixing
- Measuring cylinders and measuring jugs
- Plastic or metal funnel
- 500 ml glass or plastic bottles with screw top.
Is it effective?
The CDC claims that alcohol based sanitizers kill pathogens such as:
According to the CDC, hand sanitizers won’t get rid of potentially harmful chemicals. It’s also not effective at killing the following germs:
- Cryptosporidium, which causes cryptosporidiosis
- Clostridium difficile, also known as C. diff
Hand sanitizer does not work well if your hands are dirty or greasy. After working in the yard or enjoying a physical activity it is advised that you wash your hands before application.