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How to make DIY Hand Sanitizer

Updated: Abr 17, 2020

Soap and water is the best option to clean our hands but hand sanitizers are for the person who are on the go and when you can't get to a sink. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a sanitizer must contain at least 60 percent alcohol to be more effective. It will not eliminate all germs, but they can reduce active microbes in situations where soap isn’t available. To properly use hand sanitizer, apply a generous amount to your hands and rub them together until the entire solution fully absorbs and your hands feel dry again. Don't use too small an amount or wipe off excess liquid. Remember that sanitizer will not be as effective on heavily soiled hands and may not remove chemicals or metals from your skin.

How to make Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Hand Sanitizer?

Making your own hand sanitizer will avoid you from worrying about the availability of cleaning supplies with the coronavirus pandemic. All you need are the following:

  • Aloe vera gel

  • 70 percent isopropyl alcohol

  • Spoon

  • Small jar or container

Follow the procedure below to make a DIY hand sanitizer:

  1. Add 9 parts of alcohol to 1 part aloe vera gel, or a 9:1 ratio.

  2. Stir to combine until there is a smooth consistency.

  3. Transfer to a small jar or container.

Is homemade hand sanitizer safe?

Homemade hand sanitizer is a great alternative to store-bought disinfectant in a pinch. However, it’s important to use caution when working with chemicals. Make sure to get the ratio correct and follow the recipe closely — too much alcohol can burn your skin. If you don’t put enough alcohol, your DIY solution won’t be effective at reducing germs.

Want extra protection against nasty germs? Keep your home and office sanitized, too. For personalized service from a team of committed cleaning professionals, contact ServiceMaster Philippines. Our experienced teams have the tools, training and techniques to safely and effectively clean your biggest messes so you can focus at work and rest easy at home.

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