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How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer at Home

If you are one of the people who have been struggling to find and purchase hand sanitiser, sanitizing gel, a sanitising spray or ANY form of sanitiser at all since the COVID-19 outbreak began - it is safe to say that you are far from alone!

The NHS Public Health England and the Government have advised regular washing of hands to keep them clean and according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the next best thing would be the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

She Inspired Her took the liberty to present our readers with an easy and effective 3 ingredient recipe to allow you to make your own hand sanitizer at home.

A very key rule to remember

When making your own fully effective hand sanitizer at home you must ensure that your serving measurement of alcohol to aloe vera is 2:1 because this will ensure that the alcohol content remains around 60 percent within the product. Reports from the CDC suggest that this is the correct minimum amount to kill most germs.

The three ingredients you will:
1. Isopropyl or Rubbing Alcohol
2. Aloe Vera Gel
3. Your choice of Essential Oil - such as tea tree oil or lavender oil or you can simply use lemon juice if you do not have these

Equipment you will need: 
A clean mixing bowl
A clean spoon
A clean whisk
A bottle to store your homemade hand sanitizer

We picked up this recipe from Dr Riishi Desai, Chief Medical Officer of Osmosis and Former Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the division of viral disease at the CDC, who suggested the following sanitizer recipe will kill 99.9% of germs after 60 seconds.

Your Homemade Hand sanitizer recipe

- ¾ cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99%)
- ¼ cup of aloe vera this is here to counteract the harshness of the alcohol, to protect your skin
- 10 drops of essential oil or use lemon juice as an alternative - this will make it smell lush!

Hygiene Tips for Making your Hand Sanitizer at Home:

- Wash your hands thoroughly before you start

- It is advisable to wipe down the surface that you will use to make your hand sanitizer with a diluted bleach (use rubber or latex gloves for hand protection)

- Use clean apparatus i.e. the spoon and the whisk when mixing your sanitizer solution and ensure that all ingredients are blended thoroughly

- Do not use diluted alcohol all for your hand sanitizer 99 percent is advised

- Ensure that the mixture is complete and ready for use before touching the mixture.

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Let's make some hand sanitizer!

Pour all ingredients into a bowl, if you have a bowl with a pouring spout this would be ideal

Use a spoon to mix the ingredients together and then proceed to beat the mixture with a whisk which will transform the sanitizer into to a gel-like consistency.

Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use and for safety you should label the bottle hand sanitizer

Things to remember when using your homemade hand sanitizer

If your hands are greasy or dirty before sanitizing them you should wash your hands with soap and water.

You should always run the hand sanitizer into your skin in until your hands are dry

Application or spraying of sanitizer should initially be into the palm of one hand

Rub your hands together thoroughly making sure that you effectively cover the entire surface of your hands, all your fingers and anything in between

It is advised to rub the sanitizer into your hands for 30 to 60 seconds until they are completely dry. Remember it can take up to to at least 60 seconds and sometimes a little longer for hand sanitizer how to kill most germs.

Also remember that good old hand washing is a great option and should be be your first choice especially if your hands are already dirty or greasy.

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