Hand sanitizer is a must to have at these times. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get it in shops. The solution is DIY. So don’t waste your time and read how to make a hand sanitizer at home.
The spread of coronavirus, aka COVID-19, is a harsh reality.
The worst of the facts is that a huge outbreak is still imminent.
The fact that you are still safe does not guarantee that you will remain safe forever.
Even if your immune system is strong enough to survive the attack of this deadly virus, there is no guarantee that this virus will not transmit to your elders and kids who are more prone to its consequences due to their weak immunity.
So, is there anything you can do to avoid such nightmares?
The solution does not require you to undergo a complex process.
It requires you to do one simple thing that you do in your daily life – Wash your hands every now and then to keep yourself and your loved ones protected from the effects of this virus.
You must have heard by now that to keep your hands clean, washing it regularly with water and soap is the ideal choice.
But what if you are at a place where you cannot access water.
What if you have touched many things with your hands, and now you want to touch your face?
What if you must eat anything and you cannot find water and soap nearby?
The second-best solution that replaces handwash is to sanitize your hands with a hand sanitizer.
We know what you are thinking. It is difficult to get a good hand sanitizer from the market due to any of the reasons mentioned below:
- Hand Sanitizers from trusted companies are almost unavailable in the market.
- Hand sanitizers are costly, and everyone cannot buy these.
- There is an acute shortage of hand sanitizers in the stores due to its high demand.
- The ones that are available in the shops are not trustworthy.
- Some areas in the world are under lockdown, and people cannot go out to buy a hand sanitizer.
That is why we have brought this article for our readers and followers so that we can guide them about the easiest ways of making a hand sanitizer in their homes. So, let’s get started without wasting any time.
Things required to make a hand sanitizer at home:
The things required to make a hand sanitizer in your home have been mentioned below. Keeping in view the problems faced by people in finding the ingredients, we have especially mentioned the alternatives of everything so that everyone can make a hand sanitizer easily.
Any simple bowl for the purpose of making a mixture.
2. Germs killer and coolant (60% of the whole mixture)
You can use a variety of things for killing germs and cooling your hands while using sanitizer. Following is the list of items that can be used in making hand sanitizer.
- Rubbing Alcohol or Isopropyl alcohol or ethanol-based liquid
Highly recommended to use as the first choice. You must go for the liquids that have over 90% alcohol.
It can be challenging to find Rubbing Alcohol or Isopropyl alcohol or ethanol-based liquids. If you cannot find this, do not worry. You can use tinctures like the ones mentioned below:
- Tincture of Benzoin
- Tincture of Calendula
- Tincture of Witch Hazel
These tinctures are easily available on the medical and homeopathic stores. If you are under such strict conditions that you cannot even move to the medical or homeopathic stores, you can search the homeopathic medicines in your house and see if any of them has the tinctures mentioned above. You can use them as a last resort too.
- Skin Toners
If you cannot find out tinctures, you can use skin toners. Skin toners are easily available in every home where women and girls reside.
- Medicated Spirits
These are also easily available in the medical stores and dispensaries. They are also called Methylated Spirits or Denatured Alcohol. They are usually used in the first aid kits to treat the wounds.
3. Aloe Vera Gel (40% of the whole mixture) – Almost 1 x Tablespoon
You can go for the fresh or bottled Aloe Vera Gel.
Some people also have Aloe Vera plants in their homes.
You can cut a leaf of Aloe Vera and open it up, a fresh gel of Aloe Vera will start to come out.
You can also use this juice in your hand sanitizer. But it will expire in 3 to 4 days.
You must go for a bottled Aloe Vera Gel that has the preservatives so that you can use the hand sanitizers for more than a month.
4. Essential Oil (5 to 6 drops)
Any kind of essential oil can be used in making hand sanitizers. Following is the list of recommended essential oils.
- Oregano Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Rosemary Oil
- Lemon Juice
5. Vitamin E Capsules (1 capsule)
Vitamin E capsules are easily available in medical stores.
You can buy them to use one capsule in the hand sanitizer.
Even if you don’t use the Vitamin E capsule, it is alright because Aloe Vera Gel already has enough vitamins.
6. Container for Hand Sanitizer
You would need a container to put the hand sanitizer that you will make.
You can easily find such containers in the form of oil dispensers in your home and refillable body sprays etc.
You can wash them well and dry them to put the hand sanitizers in those containers.
These are also available easily in the market.
You should go for smaller containers so that you can keep them in your cars and pockets all the time.
Steps for making a Hand Sanitizer at Home
Now that you have gathered all the ingredients required to make a hand sanitizer, you will notice that it is super easy to make it.
- First, put 60% rubbing alcohol or spirit in the bowl. You can use any of the substitutes mentioned under the heading of Germs Killer and Coolant required to make a hand sanitizer.
- Now, put 40% Aloe Vera Gel in the bowl and mix them well.
- Put 4 to 6 drops of essential oil or lemon juice in the mixture. Obviously, you can use any of the substitutes mentioned above in the article. If you want, you can also put 2 drops of one essential oil and 2 drops of other oil and lemon juice. For example, you can put 2 drops of lavender oil, 2 drops of tea tree oil along with 2 drops of lemon juice. Totally your choice.
- Put the juice of one vitamin E capsule in the mixture. Not necessary, though.
- Mix the complete mixture well and leave it for 10 minutes to settle.
That’s it! Your hand sanitizer is ready. Put it in small containers and take them with you at all times. It can be made anywhere in any part of the world. It kills bacteria and viruses, along with keeping your hands neat and clean.
Alternative of Hand Sanitizers
What if you do not want to make a hand sanitizer? Or if you don’t have access to most of the things mentioned above? You can still keep your hands clean.
You can go for a mixture of Aloe Vera, a bacteria killer, and water. Mix them in equal quantities and keep washing your hands with this mixture. You can use a protective liquid-like Dettol as a bacteria killer.
How to Make a Hand Sanitizer at Home Summary:
Today’s world is always engulfed with the threats of different viruses and harmful pollution.
In the current era of terrorizing coronavirus, it is time to beat the stockists and opportunist mafia who have stored the essential things like hand sanitizers and facial masks to make them out of the public reach.
The manufacturers of simple things like hand sanitizers do not have any special machinery that you cannot have.
They also make the hand sanitizers with a mixture of similar ingredients.
The only difference is that they make it in larger quantities.
You can also make the sanitizers in larger quantities to help your town mates and needy so that they can thank you later when the virus is over.
They will surely respect you from their heart and will regard you as a hero and savior in the hard times.
Play your essential social responsibility because helping others is actually helping yourself.