In the wake of the global crisis, we are experiencing as a result of the coronavirus. The WHO has recommended several preventive measures, such as covering your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing and washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
You can be done with a wash with soap and water or, if we are away from home, with a hand sanitizing gel.
Stores and pharmacies have expensive stocks of hand sanitizing gels. Fear of the coronavirus and the recent spread of this respiratory disease all over the world.
You have to take all kinds of precautions to avoid contagion. But don’t worry, we show you how to make your hand sanitizer in just a few steps.
Use Your Homemade Antiseptic Gel
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that to avoid the spread of respiratory illnesses such as coronavirus, it is advisable to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. In the case of not having soap or water, it is best to be prepared with a good hand sanitizer gel.
Although it may seem much more comfortable to buy it already prepared, by doing it yourself you will get:
The ease of disposing of it today.
A good saving in your pocket.
You make sure that it only contains completely natural products, avoiding all kinds of preservatives and toxic chemicals potentially dangerous to health.
Some preliminary considerations
For the preparation of a disinfectant gel, we must take into account some previous recommendations.
The hand sanitizer must have a concentration of at least 60% isopropyl alcohol to kill germs and infections.
If you suffer from sensitive hands we recommend that it contain at least 30% aloe vera to stabilize and protect the skin.
Ignore the fake news that talks about using vodka instead of isopropyl alcohol since it only contains 40% alcohol, so it does not eliminate bacteria.
These hand sanitizers are not effective if they are not applied correctly.
The WHO recommends applying the disinfecting gel over the entire surface of the hand. Then, the hands should be rubbed palm to palm, before placing the right on the left and interlacing the fingers.
This process should be repeated with the left hand on the right. After that, the palms should be rubbed with the interlaced fingers. As the last step, the back of the fingers should be rubbed against the opposite palms, as well as the thumb covered in the disinfectant. Once the hands are dry, they will be disinfected.
According to the CDC, if the hands are dirty and/or full of grease, the disinfectant will not do its job well, so it will be necessary to resort to hand washing.
Be careful with mobile devices! Its surface is high contact and it is convenient to disinfect it before washing your hands. To do this, you can use alcohol wipes.
Ingredients to prepare the Sanitizer Gel
A one-liter measuring bottle.
Isopropyl alcohol to kill and prevent the growth of microorganisms.
Tea tree oil for its antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Lavender oil for its ability to fight viruses and bacteria.
Rosehip, lemon, orange blossom, eucalyptus or any type of essential oil to enjoy a pleasant smell.
Aloe vera gel to reduce the effects of isopropyl alcohol as it can irritate the skin. Also, aloe vera is a great preservative.
A 100-milliliter plastic container with a button or pressure cap (optional), small enough to carry in your bag or to use in the workplace.
Step-by-step hand sanitizing gel
Add 8 tablespoons of aloe vera gel to a glass bowl. If you prefer to extract the gel directly from the plant, be very careful when doing it not to prick yourself.
Add 6 tablespoons (90 milliliters) of isopropyl alcohol. It is recommended to use ethanol with a concentration of more than 60%.
Add 16 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and 5 drops of the essential oil you have chosen to perfume the disinfectant gel to the bowl. To facilitate the process you can use an eyedropper but make sure it is sterile.
With the help of a spoon, mix all the components, you will have a thick and gelatinous mass. If you don’t want it to be so thick, you can add more essential oils.
Put the mixture in the measuring bottle and it is ready to use.
You can use the 100-milliliter plastic container for when you are away from home.
Some ‘extra’ tips
If you travel by public transport, remember that it is the perfect setting to acquire pathogenic microorganisms and develop an infectious disease.
The railings, the windows, and the buttons come into contact with thousands of people every day, so don’t forget to take the disinfectant gel with you.
Shopping carts are also used by many people, use your homemade gel after using the cart. Finally, money is one of the elements that people touch the most, but we cannot avoid it, after touching coins and bills, use your homemade gel.