Home made Hand Sanitizer

In the current situation of Corona, it's normal to hear for you that all hand Sanitizers are sold out.... :( :(

To slow the spread of coronavirus we're being advised to wash our hands more frequently, with soap, yet on the off chance that water and soap aren't accessible, your next best choice, as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to utilize a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent of alcohol.

Germs are all over the place! They can get onto our hands and things we contact during every day routine and make us sick. Cleaning hands with soap or hand sanitizer especially at key time is the most important step to protect yourself from the germs that are present in our surrounding.There are four major types of germs which are virus, bacteria, fungi and protozoa.

Difference between Soap and hand sanitizer:

IMPORTANT: Alcohol-based hand sanitizers don’t kill ALL types of germs, such as a stomach bug called noro virus, some parasites, and Clostridium difficile, which causes severe diarrhea. Hand sanitizers also may not remove harmful chemicals, such as pesticides and heavy metals like lead. Hand washing reduces the amounts of all types of germs, pesticides, and metals on hands. (CDC)

Nowadays because of increasing demand hand sanitizers are short from the pharmacies and supermarket. Here I am sharing my own experience with you, I went to the pharmacy located near to my home, with my husband, but I was quite disappointed that hand sanitizer’s prices are through the roof, 3 ml sanitizer like of spray pen was of quite pathetic price and it was the only sanitizer brand which was available there while rest of other brands were out of stock.

Online supplies of many hand sanitizer have sold out at Amazon and other online stores.

The increase in demand has prompted some third-party sellers to blow up their prices on platforms including Amazon and eBay.

The positive news? All you need is the use of three ingredients to make sanitizer at home and so many hand sanitizer's recipes are available online.

Making your hand sanitizer is not difficult to do and just requires a couple of things.

The best part is that this hand sanitizer formula is easy to make, has a lovely aroma, and convenient to carry during travel. Caution!

Only use homemade sanitizer when you are out of soap and water.

WHO suggested formulations contain final concentrations of either 80% ethanol or 75% isopropanol along with 1.45% glycerol and 0.125% hydrogen peroxide.

Everything in the formulations of WHO is blended in distilled water or boiled water. The low concentration of hydrogen per oxide is intended to help eliminate contaminating spores in the bulk solutions and recipients and is not an active substance for hand antisepsis.

The glycerol is a substance to help retain moisture and can be replaced with some other emollient or lotion to help with skincare – including aloe vera.

Materials Required & Method for Hand Sanitizer

Jagdish Khubchandani, PhD, associate professor of health science at Ball State University, shared his formula.

1. Two parts of 99.8% isopropyl alcohol or 96% ethanol

2. One part of aloe vera gel

3. 8 to 10 drops essential oil (optional)

Mix these ingredients in bowl then decant in to pump bottle and shake it well.

Precautions to take:

1. Make your sanitizer in clean place

2. Wash your hands properly

3. Wear gloves

4. Use neat and clean utensils.

5. Mix all the ingredients properly

6. Do not dilute your alcohol.

Note: Blends of 60-80 percent of alcohol by volume kill microorganisms, so the 66 percent alcohol in the formula looks about right if pure rubbing alcohol is used.

How to use hand sanitizer properly?

-Apply enough amount of sanitizer on your's hands to cover all surfaces.

-Rub hands together, until hands feel dry. This should take around 20 seconds.(CDC)

-Do not rinse your hand before dry, it may not kill the germs.

Expiration of hand Sanitizers:

Sanitizers usually have alcohol which is volatile in nature and evaporates when exposed to air.

Container of sanitizer should be airtight to prevent the loss of alcohol.


Suggested by WHO:

As alcohol based products are potentially flammable:

All alcohol-based products are potentially flammable and therefore they should be stored away from high temperatures and flames. The WHO suggests that all health-care organizations currently using alcohol-based hand rub should undertake local risk assessments.

To minimize fire risk:

Don't apply sanitizer near flame. Allow sanitizer to dry before cooking.

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1. https://www.who.int/gpsc/tools/faqs/abhr2/en/

2. https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/hand-sanitizer-factsheet.pdf