Due to the infectious disease COVID-19, the demand for hand sanitizers is increasing. Due to its increased demand, the quality and stock of the hand sanitizers are decreased. Also, it is hard to find a store open at this hard time.
Many medical experts did not allow market hand sanitizers because they lack the essential ingredients. They have wrong ingredients or measurements, so in the end, due to fewer alcohol, germs will not be killed.
Dr. Ted Lain, a famous dermatologist, said: “People don’t have antiseptics available at homes.” A meeting held in Texas where a group of medical experts discusses house-made sanitizers. One member meeting said, “I am worried because people don’t know the required amount of alcohol needed to make house-made sanitizer.” After a long discussion, they tell us the amounts, measurements for making a hand sanitizer.
But, we will say that use these sanitizers in intense situations only, when you don’t have any material to wash your hands. Don’t use house-made sanitizers on skins, because they are not made adequately so they can cause serious injury. Before we start telling the recipe, let’s check it out what ingredients we need?
- Aloe Vera gel.
- Lavender oil or tree tea oil, you can also use lemon juice instead.
- Rubbing or isopropyl alcohol.
- The amount of alcohol needed to kill bacteria or germs is about 60 percent.
How to make our own hand sanitizer?
An epidemic intelligence officer of viral disease and a chief of Osmosis, Dr. Rishi Desai, said that the homemade recipe of Sanitizer (which we discuss below) would kill 99.99% of germs after 1-minute.
- First, we need three/fourth cups of rubbing alcohol or isopropyl (99 percent).
- Then take one/fourth cup of Aloe Vera gel. This gel is used to reduce the hardness of alcohol, and to keep your hands from drying out.
- 10 to 12 drops of vital oil, such as tree tea oil or lavender oil. You can also use Lemon juice if you don’t have any of these oils.
- Take a bowl and add all ingredients into it. Bowl will have a pouring spot like a measuring container.
- Mix the ingredients by the spoon and then smack with the whisk. This will convert your Sanitizer in a gel foam.
- Your Sanitizer is ready now. Just put it in some empty bottle to make it protected. Attach a label name “Hand Sanitizer.”
A Ph.D. professor of medical science at Ball State University, Jagdish Khubchandani, tells a similar formula.
- Take ethanol or isopropyl alcohol (nearly 99 or 91 percent).
- One part of Aloe Vera.
- Some drops of some essential oil such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or clove.
If you want to make a hand sanitizer at your house, then see these important tips by Khubchandani. If your family is big and you want to make a large amount of Sanitizer, then follow these steps by WHO (World health organization).
- Take ethanol (nearly 96 percent (8333 ml)).
- Take Hydrogen peroxide (approximately 3 percent (417 ml)).
- Take Glycerol (98 percent (145 ml)).
- Take cold water (boiled) or sterile distilled water.
- Take isopropyl about 99.8 percent (7515 ml).
- Take Hydrogen Peroxide about 3 percent (417 ml).
- Take Glycerol about 98 percent (145 ml).
- Take cold water (boiled) or sterile distilled water.
Is it secure to use a homemade hand sanitizer?
Internet is full of homemade hand sanitizers, but the question arises here, is it safe or not? All the recipes, including above, are used by famous specialists; both resources and expertise are used to made hand sanitizers in homes. But remember that use these hand sanitizers only in extreme conditions when you don’t have anything to wash your hands.
The wrong amount of proportions or ingredients can cause:
- Injury, skin irritation, or burns.
- Efficacy deficiency, it means that maybe Sanitizer will not remove all microbes.
- Vulnerable to hazardous chemicals through inhalation.
It is also requested that children will not use homemade hand sanitizer too much, because this can lead to injuries.
How to use it?
The first important thing to keep in mind is that after applying the Sanitizer, rub your hands till your hands get dry. But what if your hands will be greasy or dirty, always wash them first with water and soap.
Here are a few tips for using hand sanitizer.
- Apply or spray the Sanitizer on your hand’s palm.
- Stroke your hands one on the other.
- Make sure that the Sanitizer is applied to all your hands and fingers.
- Rub Rub Rub until your hands are dry or rub it for 30 to 60 seconds.
- Approximate time to kill all microbes or germs taking by hand sanitizer is 40 or 60 seconds.
Which type of germs killed by hand sanitizer?
As per the center for disease control and prevention (CDC), if the added alcohol matches the alcohol requirements, then the number of germs on your hands will be decreased. Infectious agents like pathogens or COVID-19 (Coronavirus), which cause disease in the human body, will also be getting removed by using hand sanitizer.
The most efficient hand sanitizer can also not kill all kinds of germs. Hand sanitizer will not kill some potentially dangerous chemicals. Some of them are the following.
- Clostridium difficile, some scientists named it as C. diff).
- Cryptosporidium. This chemical causes cryptosporidiosis.
If your hands dirty or greasy, then hand sanitizer will not work.
Some activities, after which Sanitizer will not work, are yard work, food, sports playing, and gardening. Do hand wash, if your hands are slimy or dirty?
Hand sanitizer vs. Handwashing.
As you and we know that washing hands or using the hand sanitizer is the ultimate key to protect us from the COVID-19 or many other diseases such as seasonal flu and common cold etc. Usually, washing hands is always be the main thing we have to do to protect us, but if we don’t have water or soap, then use the hand sanitizer. Did you get it?
When you have to wash your hands?
- You should wash your hands at the time of going to the bathroom.
- You should wash your hands before eating.
- You should wash your hands after playing on contaminated surfaces.
- You should wash your hands after coughing, nose-blowing, or sneezing.
- Useful recommendations are given by the trusted source CDC to clean your hands. Suggestions are the following.
- Always use running, clean water (Water must be cold or warm.)
- First, wet you’re both hands properly, turn down the tap and spume your hands with detergent.
- Wash your hands and rub it for 20 seconds minimum. Don’t forget to scrub your hands back, inside your nails, and in the middle of your fingers.
- Turn on the tap and wash your hands. Use an air-dry or clean towel.
Hand sanitizer is an excellent tool to prevent us from the coronavirus, only when water and soap are not available. Hand sanitizers made with alcohol can keep you safe and protected. It will also decrease the patients of COVID-19.
So, at last, if you are not able to find any hand sanitizer in your nearby store, then you can make your own. You just require a few ingredients like essential oil, aloe Vera, and rubbing alcohol. Although you can stay safe by using hand sanitizers; Health departments still recommended us to wash hands when possible.