Covid-19 is at our door fronts and people are in a panic to avoid being listed in the positive names for the pandemic. Everyone is busy to take necessary safety measures and keeping alcohol based hand sanitizers near is one such.
As a result, stores are running out of sanitizers and many are trying to make their alcohol-based hand sanitizers at home. Question is, are these homemade hand sanitizers good for hygiene, especially against Coronavirus?
Let’s understand the situation step by step –
Fundamentals To Make Homemade Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer
Here is the list for materials required to make alcohol-based hand sanitizer at home
- 90-99% Isopropyl alcohol or IPA (rubbing alcohol)
- Aloe vera gel
- Essential oils (for fragrance, not mandatory)
- A medium-sized mixing bowl
- Spoons (at least two)
- Clean jar
- Adhesive labels.
- Take 2/3rd cup of 90-99% Isopropyl alcohol or IPA and 1/3rd cup of aloe vera gel. Pour them in the mixing bowl.
- While mixing, you may also add 8-10 drops of essential oils (example-rosemary oil) for added fragrance.
- Transfer the solution into a sterilized jar for storage and seal it.
- Put on the adhesive labels IPA hand sanitizer written on it. It’ll help you to find and apply when you need it.
Drawbacks With Homemade Hand Sanitizers
The above procedure seemed easy to perform, where miscalculations will make the homemade sanitizer ineffective.
- Alcohol is an anti-microbial agent that is volatile and takes moisture off your skin while drying. Aloe vera is used to counter the dehydrating effects.
Generally, the proportion is 2 parts alcohol: 1 part aloe vera gel. If you do not use enough aloe, it’ll dry your skin leading to cracks that bleed. If alcohol is insufficient, it’ll not be an effective germ killer like store-bought ones.
- Another issue is, with increasing popularity to make homemade hand sanitizers ingredients (rubbing alcohol, aloe vera) have become scarce. To make up, few even try to use vodka as a substitute where even if you take 80-proof vodka and mix with aloe gel, the end product will consist of less than 40% alcohol.
That’s why most DIY hand sanitizers are a failure, especially against Coronavirus. Washing hands with soap and water are the best practice for anybody to protect from diseases including the ongoing pandemic of Covid-19 and both CDC and WHO agree on that.
Disinfecting hands with alcohol based hand sanitizers is easy, time-saving, and effective where handwashing facility is not available.
With so many complications associated with DIY hand sanitizers, it’s best to use store-brought IPA hand sanitizers in times of ongoing pandemic where taking risks may lead to fatal consequences.
Still, if you’re experienced enough and are unable to avail ready-made hand sanitizers, then you might consider making alcohol-based hand sanitizers with extra precaution.
After all, fear of uncertainty is the greatest pandemic of all, and if you’re not 100% sure of your safety measures you’re one step behind to fight any disease including Covid-19.