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Here is how you can make hand sanitizer for coronavirus protection at home

By now, everyone knows and agrees that the best way to avoid getting infected by the novel coronavirus outbreak is to carefully wash your hands using soap and water and keeping your hands off of your face. When the option is not readily available to you, the least you could do is to frequently sanitize your hands using hand sanitizer. But you’re not alone if you cannot find hand sanitizer for coronavirus protection at this point in time as the public is gaining more and more awareness. and the panic buying has made hand sanitizers go out of stock from the markets.

If you’re in a bind and your local drugstores are all out of supply, then don’t worry as you can make your own sanitizer which is surprisingly very easy to make. At this point, you can find a lot of formulae that are a touch different from the others with most of the standard elements and ingredients remaining the same.

A few things that you should keep in mind while making your own sanitizer is that alcohol should account for at least 60% of the sanitizer. Now in order to keep the product stable and protect your hands, most recipes call for aloe vera gel to be incorporated. The standard amounts used are combining two-thirds of 99% isopropyl alcohol with gel for the remaining one-third. You can even use 91% alcohol. Ethanol has proved to be very effective in countering infectious diseases and can be probably more effective in comparison to isopropyl. For it to actually be effective, you need alcohol that is 180 proof or more.

Wiping your hands after a few drops of hand sanitizer for coronavirus protection is not effective at all. The proper way is to completely cover your hands with it and let them dry. If you have any sort of grease or sticky substance on your hands, the sanitizer would not do much for you according to the CDC.

But if given the option, nothing beats washing your hands and not touching your face.

h/t: The Verge

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