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Here in the UK it has been reported that there is no hand sanitiser gel to be found in shops. Unscrupulous people are selling it on eBay and Amazon at vastly inflated prices. SO how do we thwart these profiteers? Well, here is how to make your own DIY hand sanitiser gel. With easily found products you can pick up quite cheaply.
How To Make Your Own DIY Hand Sanitiser Gel
With all the news about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the importance of hand hygiene, the main way of preventing the spread of this virus is by washing your hands well. But what if you are out and about and cannot get to a hand washing station? Scientists have agreed that using a strong alcohol hand sanitiser gel can still disrupt the virus enough to stop it from spreading. It is therefore good to have a hand sanitiser with you when out and about.
But – In the last couple of days it has been reported that 50 pence bottles of hand gel are selling for almost 20 times their price! Even though eBay say they are cracking down on these sellers it is still going on, as is the inflated prices of face masks and gloves. (There has even been talk of lack of masks and gloves affecting dentists in the UK.)
How do we get hand wash without falling into the hands of buying from these profiteers? You can easily make your own alcohol sanitiser gel using products that you may already have in your home!
You will need
- some 99% isopropyl alcohol – sometimes called rubbing alcohol or surgical spirit
- some 99.9% or pure aloe vera gel
- a couple of drops of essential oil (tea tree oil or citrus) – this is optional
Now, you may have these at home already. Isopropyl alcohol is very useful for cleaning around the home, especially getting rid of sticky residues. And aloe vera is brilliant for sunburn.
In fact I did already have some 99.9% aloe vera gel in my medicine cupboard, and bought the isopropyl alcohol at the local chemist.
All you need to do is add 50ml of the aloe vera gel to 100ml of the alcohol.
2 parts alcohol to 1 part aloe vera.
Add a couple of drops of essential oil if you wish – some people don’t like the smell of the alcohol, but it does disperse very quickly when using.
And you have a sufficiently strong sanitiser for regular use. Finally, use a funnel to dispense it into your small bottles (for using with your hand gel holders). Or use a larger pump dispenser (I use an old pump action hand wash bottle)
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