Hand Sanitizer: The Water-Less Disinfectant

Posted by Ankit Shah on

When the entire world is fighting against the lethal coronavirus, both CDC and WHO guides us that the only way to combat this infection is by practising good hand hygiene habits. This usually involves the age-old technique of washing hands with soap and water but if the latter isn’t available, the next best option to stop the virus from spreading is by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% of alcohol.

What Is A Hand Sanitizer?

A Hand Sanitizer is a water-less disinfectant that is available in the form of liquid, gel or foam and is extensively used to diminish or kill microbes present on the hands. Although nowadays there have been different varieties of hand sanitizers, healthcare organisations chiefly prefer the ones made with alcohol since they are better tolerated and much more effective in removing microbes from the hand.

How To Make Hand Sanitizer At Home?

Due to the growing pandemic, there is super demand for these water-less disinfectants. Unless you already have some stocked at home, it is quite an arduous task to get a small bottle at any store or order online.

 Home-made Hand Sanitizer Recipe
2 cups of isopropyl alcohol (99% vol)

1 cup of aloe vera gel (fresh or store-bought)

5 drops of citronella essential oil

5 drops of clove oil

10 drops of lavender essential oil

Sanitize the working area with bleach to avoid germs.

Wash your hands thoroughly before touching any of the ingredients.

Mix the aloe vera gel and alcohol in a mixing bowl.

Add the essential oils one by one while continuing to stir.

Pour the sanitizer in a pump bottle for future use.

How To Use Hand Sanitizer?
Spray or apply the sanitizer to the palm of one hand.
Rub both the palms together until the entire hand gets covered with the sanitizer.
Continue rubbing for 30 to 60 seconds or until the hands are dry. 

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