How to make your own hand sanitiser at home with 3 ingredients

health 06/03/2020

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While it's not the most effective method for germ killing (click here to read about how to best protect yourself from CoVID-19 according to the NZ Government) this is an alternative way to sanitise your hands until you can properly access soap and water.

Please note, here is the recipe from the official World Health Organisation (WHO) website.

The following recipe is from Healthline.

What you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent)
  • 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel (to help keep your hands smooth and to counteract the harshness of alcohol)
  • 10 drops of essential oil, such as lavender oil, or you can use lemon juice instead

Directions:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a pouring spout like a glass measuring container.
  2. Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel.
  3. Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it “hand sanitizer.”

However, a warning from the Healthline website.

Hand sanitizer recipes, including the one below, are intended for use by professionals with the necessary expertise and resources for safe creation and proper utilization.

Only use homemade hand sanitizers in extreme situations when handwashing isn’t available for the foreseeable future.

Don’t use homemade hand sanitizers on children’s skin as they may be more prone to use them improperly, leading to a greater risk of injury.

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