Thursday | 19 March | 2020
(Original article published by Maroela Media)
Covid-19 has just been declared an pandemic, and shop shelves have been empty of hand sanitisers for a while already.
If you, like many others, have gone from shop to shop looking for hand sanitisers, but not finding any, you can relax. You can easily make this type of cleanser at home and in bulk. In addition, it would be more cost effective than buying small bottles in a shop.
What do you need?
- ⅓ cup of aloe gel (aloe vera)
- ⅔ cup of at least 60% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
- • 8 to 10 drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
Mix all ingredients together until well blended.
Because of the large amount of alcohol needed to make this hand sanitiser effective, it will be much thinner than the one you buy in the shop. Therefore, it works well when you pour the mixture into a spray bottle and apply it that way.
* All information was correct at the time of publication.
- • You can use natural aloe juice extracted from the plant, or you can buy it in a health shop.
- • At least 60% isopropyl alcohol should be used to kill germs, but if you can get 91% isopropyl alcohol, it would be even better.
- • Do not replace isopropyl alcohol with alcohol in drinks such as vodka or “witblits” as it will not kill germs effectively.
- • The fragrances of essential oils like lavender, tea tree, lemon, magnolia or jasmyn all work well as fragrance for these cleansers; therefore, you can choose the one you like best.
- • When using a hand sanitiser, make sure your entire hand is covered with it and let it dry in the air.
- • Although hand sanitiser is effective, it is always better to wash your hands with soap and water if it is available.