Coronavirus: We're In This Together...
Since the spread of Coronavirus in the U.S., sales of hand sanitizer have skyrocketed 73% and prices have soared to $400 for a 24-pack.* Now, most stores are either sold out or have very limited supplies. While basic soap-and-water hand washing is the most effective way to reduce germs and curb disease transmission, hand sanitizer can be used as a convenient alternative. Following are instructions on how to make your own.

NOTE: Hand sanitizer is only effective if one rubs their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds, then allows them to dry. Squirting a few drops into your hands and then wiping them off will not do the job. CDC recommends sanitizing hands throughout the day, especially after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, etc.

* The New York Times, 3/3/20, Newsweek
Hand-Sanitizer Recipe
from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

  • 1/3 cup Aloe Vera gel
  • 2/3 cup 99% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)*
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon or whisk
  • A clean, empty container, e.g., plastic travel bottle or a pump bottle

Simply stir the aloe vera gel and alcohol until they are well-blended. Decant mixture into the bottle of your choosing. That's it! Optional: Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil while mixing.

*Most importantly, the alcohol content must be at least 60%-95% to eradicate germs.

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