There were over 1,600 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States as of March 13th, according to CDC.gov. To prevent COVID-19 from spreading, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends diligently washing your hands with soap and water to kill germs and harmful bacteria whenever possible.
When a sink isn’t an option, hand sanitizers are a good alternative — as long as the formula has an alcohol content of at least 60%, the CDC says.
Those recommendations have led to hand sanitizer shortages in the majority of retail stores and online. And unfortunately, as we have seen, as the supply goes down, prices surge. A 12-ounce Purell bottle, which typically retails for around $4.50, was selling for over $40 a bottle on Amazon this past week (Amazon has now pledged to suspend sellers from overcharging).
If the cleaning aisles of your local stores have been emptied as many of us are experiencing, and you need a way to disinfect your hands when a sink is not available, you can make hand sanitizer at home that meets CDC guidelines, according to Melissa Maker, host of the CleanMySpace YouTube channel and founder of Clean My Space, a housekeeping service based in Canada.
Her sanitizer takes about 1 minute to make and is easy for anyone to follow. The key ingredients are a combination of rubbing alcohol and pure aloe vera gel. You can add in a moisturizer like almond oil to prevent your skin from drying out, and a few drops of essential oil, such as thieves or eucalyptus, to make it smell better.
DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe
Although washing hands is optimal, this recipe can help when a sink is not available or you are out of the house.
Additionally, watch out for DIY sanitizer recipes that use commercial vodka instead of rubbing alcohol. Tito’s Vodka has taken to Twitter to let users know that the company’s spirits don’t contain a high enough alcohol content to rid your hands of germs and bacteria.
The Center For Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following precautionary measures and guidelines to keep you healthy and prevent the spread of Coronavirus:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer • Keep away from others that are sick • Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc. • Clean and disinfect household objects and surfaces in your home • Avoid all non-essential travel