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When it comes to preventing the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, nothing beats good old-fashioned hand washing. But if water and soap aren’t available, your next best option, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Hand sanitizer is quick, portable, convenient and makes the perfect gift for anyone who wants to protect themselves from germs. Download the free printable Hands Down You’re The Best tag and add to the jar of hand sanitizer.
Unless you have a stockpile of store-bought hand sanitizer, you’ll likely have a hard time finding any at a store or online right now. Due to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, most retailers can’t keep up with the demand for hand sanitizer.
The good news? All it takes is three ingredients to make your own hand sanitizer at home!
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How to Use Hand Sanitizer
Only use hand sanitizer if you can’t get to a sink with soap and water. Hand sanitizer isn’t 100% effective for killing germs for many reasons. You can visit this link from the CDC on precautions of using hand sanitizer.
If your hands are greasy or dirty, you should wash them first with soap and water.
With that in mind, here are some tips for using hand sanitizer effectively.
- Spray or apply a small dime-sized amount of hand sanitizer to the palm of one hand.
- Thoroughly rub your hands together. Make sure you cover the entire surface of your hands and all your fingers.
- Continue rubbing until your hands are dry. It can take at least 60 seconds, and sometimes longer, for hand sanitizer to kill most germs.
Remember, this should only be used if you don’t have an option to wash your hands with soap and water. Washing your hands is the best and most important way to keep your hands germ free!
What Germs Can Hand Sanitizer Kill?
According to the CDC, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are effective at killing many types of bacteria, including MRSA and E coli, they’re also effective against many viruses, including the influenza A virus, rhinovirus, hepatitis A virus, HIV, and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
- cryptosporidium (which causes cryptosporidiosis)
- clostridium difficile (also known as C. diff)
Soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizers at removing certain kinds of germs (like the ones mentioned above). Although alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, they do not eliminate all types of germs.
Also, a hand sanitizer may not work well if your hands are visibly dirty or greasy. Hands may become very greasy or soiled in community settings, such as after people handle food, play sports, work in the garden, or go camping or fishing.
When hands are heavily soiled or greasy, hand sanitizers may not work well. Handwashing with soap and water is recommended in such circumstances.
How to Wash Your Hands the Right Way
Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
Follow these five steps every time (source).
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
What You’ll Need to Make Hand Sanitizer
Equipment / Tools
- Bowl and spoon
- Small jar
- Printable gift tag
- ¼ cup alcohol
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops tea tree essential oil
How to Make Hand Sanitizer
Nothing could be easier! Simply mix the ingredients together and then use the funnel to pour them into the bottle. Screw the pump back onto the bottle and you’re ready to go.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the alcohol, aloe vera gel, and essential oils until well combined.
- Pour mixture into a small jar and place the lid on top.
3. Print out the printable gift tag and cut out around the outer edge. Attach the gift tag to the top of the jar.
Remember that oils will settle, so ALWAYS give it a little shake before use.
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- Make the hand sanitizer in a clean space. Wipe down countertops with a diluted bleach solution beforehand.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before making the hand sanitizer.
- To mix, use a clean spoon and whisk. Wash these items thoroughly before using them.
- Make sure the alcohol used for the hand sanitizer is not diluted.
- Mix all the ingredients thoroughly until they are well blended.
- Do not touch the mixture with your hands until it is ready for use.
Hand sanitizer is a handy on-the-go way to help prevent the spread of germs when soap and water aren’t available. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can help keep you safe and reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Hand sanitizer is quick, portable, and convenient. With the free printable Hands Down You’re The Best tag included in this post, it makes for the perfect gift for anyone who wants to protect themselves from germs.
If you are having a hard time finding hand sanitizer at your local stores, you can take steps to make your own. You only need a few ingredients, such as rubbing alcohol, aloe vera gel, and essential oil.
Although hand sanitizers can be an effective way of getting rid of some germs, health authorities still recommend hand washing whenever possible to keep your hands free of disease-causing viruses and other germs.
The DIY recipes shared on this website haven’t been tested in a lab. Information about this recipe hasn’t been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult a doctor or specialist for specific concerns about any skincare issues, cleaning products, or dietary needs. Please use your discretion, based on your own research, when making homemade products.