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How to make hand sanitiser at home

How to make hand sanitiser at home

How to make hand sanitiser at home

With the spread of COVID-19, stores around the world are quickly selling out of hand sanitiser. But fear not, if you can’t find it on the shelves, there are ways to make natural hand sanitiser at home.

It’s important to remember that just using hand sanitiser is not a complete substitute for handwashing. But when you can’t get to a sink and soap, it can be a useful safeguard against catching COVID-19.

This recipe comes from Popular Science. 

A simple recipe for gel hand sanitiser

Ingredients

1 cup of 91% isopropyl alcohol (also known as “rubbing alcohol)
½ cup of aloe vera gel
15 drops of tea tree, lemongrass or eucalyptus oil

1. Pour the alcohol into a medium container with a pouring spout.

2. Add aloe vera gel. Aloe is a good way to counteract the harsh effects of alcohol on the skin. You can use aloe vera gel straight from the plant or from the store, just note that natural aloe gel is typically thicker so will make the final product stickier and you’ll need to rub your hands more to absorb it.

3. Add the essential oil. Tea tree, lemongrass and eucalyptus oils are naturally antibacterial, making them great for homemade sanitisers.

4. Whisk. To fully mix all ingredients, whisk and beat the ingredients until they form a smooth gel.

5. Sanitise your chosen bottle and pour in your hand sanitiser. Spray some of your leftover alcohol into your bottle and let them sit until the alcohol has evaporated then pour in your sanitiser.

Looking for more coronavirus health tips?

A nurse’s guide for at-home disinfectant

Self-isolation: the dos and don’ts

Personal trainer tips for keeping healthy while staying at home

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