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Coronavirus Home Made Hand Sanitizer Recipe

Recent reports from Dischem stores, has seen a spike in panic buying by South African consumers, of hand sanitizers. Make your own at home

HAND SANITIZER: Since the rise of the coronavirus infection rate across the world, health experts are urging people to ensure strict hygiene measures.

The cleaning your hands with either soap and water, or an alcohol-based solution, is deemed the first best practice. This is known to be one of the best ways to avoid infection in the wake of the first coronavirus patient in South Africa. Recent reports from Dischem stores, has seen a spike in panic buying by South African consumers, of hand sanitizer products.

“If you make it well, it’s about as effective as using soap and water,” said Dr. Stephen Morse, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University in New York. “We know it works — just make sure it has enough alcohol in it.”

Adding aloe vera will also make it easier to apply to the skin and add thickness. And stirring in a few drops of an essential oil, such as lavender, will give the mixture a pleasing fragrance — so users don’t smell like rubbing alcohol around the home or office. 

Ingredients to make your own hand sanitizer

  • 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol 
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • 5-10 drops of essential oil (optional)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Funnel
  • Two-ounce spray bottle or liquid soap container
  • Masking tape and pen or marker for labeling the container (or adhesive labels)

Directions: Pour the alcohol and aloe vera in a bowl and stir until blended. Add several drops of essential oil and stir to help mask the smell of alcohol. Use the funnel to pour the eight ounce mixture into containers, then affix the strips of marked masking tape (or adhesive labels) to identify the bottles’ contents.

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