Learn how to make hand sanitizer – it’s easy and affordable! Hand sanitizer can be a mother’s best friend when you’re away from a sink, like when you’re traveling or just out and about around town. Keeping a stash of DIY hand sanitizer is a great way to keep germs at bay, and now you can make your own.
And with Covid-19, aka coronavirus, going around, it’s best to be safe and have the right formula at hand. It’s always best to use proper, regular hand washing as a first defense, but having hand sanitizer can help when you can’t get to a sink. Keep in mind, we are not doctors, please be sure to consult a doctor if you rely on anything solely to keep a virus away.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has a handy guide for making “handrub formulations,” that you should check out to make sure whichever version you make is up to the safety standards of the WHO, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The “CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.”
How to Make Hand Sanitizer
With all of this in mind, we pulled together several option on how to make your own DIY hand sanitizer. It’s hard to find in stores, but this is a way you can still have some for your family.
Tips to Make Hand Sanitizer
Making hand sanitizer is super easy, but be sure you’re following the instructions carefully, and that you have the proper tools. Here are some tips to help:
- Start with clean hands
- Utilize a sanitized work station
- Sanitize the containers you’ll be using
- Follow the instructions, and make sure you’re using the proper alcohol levels recommended by the WHO and CDC
- Let the mixture sit for 72 hours, according to the WHO, so that it has time to kill any bacteria that might be present during the creation process (source: Wired)
Other DIY Household Supplies
There is also a run on wipes, and other regular household supplies that you may want to keep your home disinfected. Here’s a great list of things to try.