Easy DIY Hand Sanitizer
Easy DIY hand sanitizer. In the wake of the Coronavirus, hand sanitizer has become unavailable in most places. This is the case with many items on store shelves at this point, as many of us are being required to shelter in place. This easy DIY hand sanitizer recipe will be a huge help!
As a prepper, I am always looking to think outside the box. How can I have a backup plan if something isn’t available at the store? Is it possible to make my own version instead of just buying it? Making my own hand sanitizer was incredibly easy. Which is a win in my book. I love simple yet useful DIY preps.
I am a huge fan of making something myself instead of buying it, and this is no exception. These ingredients are something I always have on hand and are very inexpensive.
⅓ cup aloe vera gel
⅔ cup of rubbing alcohol
Spoon or whisk
Clean and empty container. A plastic travel bottle is perfect for this
Stir the aloe and alcohol until they are thoroughly well blended and pour into the bottle.
Add a few drops of essential oil when mixing for an added scent. This won’t do anything exciting for the mixture, but simply add a nicer smell.
Hand sanitizer should not replace standard hand washing. Only utilize sanitizer when washing isn’t an option. Hand sanitizer has its place, like everything else in life. But that shouldn’t replace washing your hands when optional. Sanitizer is simply to help when we can’t wash our hands if needed.
Hand sanitizers can and may lower your resistance to diseases by killing off the good bacteria.
The alcohol content in sanitizers can dry out the skin, causing it to crack and bleed. Open wounds are an excellent way for germs to enter our bodies and make anyone far more sick.
Also note that after using the bathroom, hand washing is required to be clean. Alcohol based sanitizers are not effective at removing fecal material or killing bacteria in fecal matter. This means that every hand sanitizer dispenser outside of a portable toilet at parks or large events is basically a placebo effect.
What hand sanitizer is great for is cleaning eyeglasses, phone screens, and other surfaces that our hands and face touch. This is what I recommend the most for sanitizer uses. Both our phones and glasses touch our hands and face. I also set my phone down often or hand it to someone else if I’m out playing Pokemon Go. Because I’m generally driving, so it is easy to hand the phone off to a passenger and let them play as I’m driving.
Both our phones and glasses may touch some questionable surfaces, and then they touch our hands and face. Pretty gross when you really think about it. I also like to wipe down the handles of shopping carts and the steering wheel in my vehicle. Anything our hands or face touch is good to keep clean.
Don’t Overdo It
As with anything else in life, use common sense. Don’t overdo the sanitizer use and/or replace traditional handwashing with it.
Do you take hand sanitizer with you and use it frequently? Have you tried this easy DIY hand sanitizer? Tell me your thoughts in the comments! Here is more prepping advice.