Panic surrounding the virus that causes COVID-19 has resulted in a chaotic atmosphere and empty shelves at many shops. Walk down the soap and hand sanitiser aisle and they are empty.
According to the CDC the most effective way to avoid transmission of flu and cold viruses is to simply wash your hands well and often using soap.
However, as a backup hand sanitiser can also be used, especially as a last resort if soap and water aren’t available. Even if your local shops are out of hand sanitiser, you can actually make it at home very simply- and it only takes a few ingredients.
To make homemade hand sanitiser you will need 2 parts of 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) to one part plain aloe vera gel.
Combine these two ingredients well and pour into a properly cleaned liquid soap, hand sanitizer, or lotion bottle.
Do not use rubbing alcohol with a lower percentage of alcohol. The final formulation needs to contain 60% alcohol which can be best achieved by using 2 parts 99% rubbing alcohol to one part aloe gel.
This recipe has been shared on social media, but this recipe comes from biomedical sciences doctorate, Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., who wrote up the instructions for ThoughtCo.
With this simple recipe you can always have some hand sanitizer at the ready, as there is now a shortage and most people cannot get it due to the cover 19 outbreak.