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Easy DIY Hand Sanitizer Introduction
Easy DIY Hand Sanitizer is so easy to make at home yourself! 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.
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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. The homemaker in me always appreciates things that don’t break the bank.
Have you tried making this DIY Hand Sanitizer yet? Come on in and let me tell you about it!
Easy DIY Hand Sanitizer
Easy DIY Hand Sanitizer Ingredients and Tools
Aloe vera gel, ⅓ cup
Rubbing alcohol, ⅔ cup
Spoon or whisk
Clean and empty container. A plastic travel bottle like this is perfect.
Easy DIY Hand Sanitizer Directions
Stir the aloe and alcohol until they are thoroughly well blended and pour into the bottle.
Easy DIY Hand Sanitizer Additional Options
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.
Easy DIY Hand Sanitizer Notes
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, 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.
As with anything else in life, use common sense. Don’t overdo the sanitizer use and/or replace traditional handwashing with it.
Hand sanitizer should always be stored out of reach and sight of children. It should not be stored in a place above 105 degrees fahrenheit. Which means don’t leave it in your car in the summer, for example.
Hand sanitizer is flammable, and should be treated as such. Store it away from heat and flames. When using hand sanitizer, rub it into your hands until they feel completely dry before engaging in activities that may involve heat, sparks, flames, or static electricity.
Hand sanitizer use by children should only be done under adult supervision because it is dangerous when ingested and can cause alcohol poisoning. Keep hand sanitizer away from your eyes and mouth because irritation and damage can occur.
Easy DIY Hand Sanitizer Discussion
Do you take hand sanitizer with you and use it frequently? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!
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