It’s very important to keep your hands clean at all times, especially now. Due to high demand it’s been harder and harder to get our daily hand cleaning essentials like hand soap and hand sanitizer. You go to the cleaning aisle at your local store and nothing. You’re not alone.
The CDC suggests if you want to avoid transmitting germs and viruses, “The best way to do that is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face.”
But, what happens when you’re traveling and don’t have access to water and soap? It’s simple, make your own. A&C Urgent Care is going to provide you a breakdown on how to make hand sanitizer and more information revealing the truth of this simple product.
What ingredients do we need?
Only a few ingredients are needed to make homemade hand sanitizer:
- Isopropyl alcohol (minimum 60% but the stronger the better!)
- Aloe vera gel
You can also make additions like an essential oil (lavender, tea tree) to add more disinfectant properties or simply just for a scent.
How to make your own hand sanitizer?
- 2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
- 1/3 cup pure aloe vera gel (preferably without additives)
- *Optional if you wish to add an essential oil add 4 drops
- Pour all ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a pouring spout like a glass measuring container.
- Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel.
- Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it “hand sanitizer.”
How to use hand sanitizer
Dispense hand sanitizer onto hands and rub until dry. If hands are sticky or oily wash under water before applying hand sanitizer.
What germs does it kill?
Keep in mind washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water is ALWAYS better. An alcohol based hand sanitizer that meets the volume requirement of at least 60% can quickly reduce the number of microbes on your hands. A microbe is a microorganism, especially a bacterium causing disease or fermentation. It can destroy the Coronavirus, but it is important to keep in mind that even the most effective hand sanitizer does not kill all germs.
Hand Sanitizer is not perfect but it is effective
Struggle no more. You are now a certified germ fighter.
You leave the house; get in your car, leave to the groceries to get your essentials, fear no more you now have your homemade hand sanitizer.
It is important to understand although hand sanitizer can be an effective in destroying MOST germs, health authorities still recommend hand washing to keep your hands free of disease-causing viruses and other germs.
If you are experiencing any symptoms or are questioning your health in any way A&C Urgent Care is here to help. Forget doubt and get the answer. We are now introducing A&C Telemedicine giving you the option see a doctor online now. A&C Telemedicine is a healthcare option that allows you to get in touch with one of our medical providers electronically all from the safety of your home. If you are interested or have any questions give us a call (714) 634-4884 or click here for more information.