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Why you shouldn't make your own hand sanitizer

787彩票开户It's easy to mess up making DIY hand sanitizer, so do this instead.

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The rapid spread of (or COVID-19) has people of hand sanitizer across the US. And if you try to buy it online, good luck -- most of it is out of stock or marked up on , , , and other retailers. Target and regional grocery store Kroger on how many "anti-viral" products you can purchase at a time. And, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that to address the shortages and price gouging.

The shortages and buying limits have spurred people to make their own hand sanitizer using from , , , countless blogs and even . But just because these recipes exist doesn't mean you should follow them.

First, the ?washing your hands?over using?hand sanitizer, unless you don't have access to soap and water. Second, that making homemade hand sanitizer is harder than it seems. If you don't get the concentration right,? that you'll end up with something that or is , and is a waste of ingredients.

The key is to get the right ratio of ingredients. The CDC Control recommends using a hand sanitizer that contains at least?, which store-bought hand sanitizers have. But trying to replicate that on your own can be tricky,?, with the London School of??and Tropical Medicine told the Guardian.

787彩票开户In the video below, Dr. Jason Kindrachuk, an assistant professor of Viral Pathogenesis at the University of Manitoba explains that you're better off using soap than trying to make your own hand sanitizer.

Homemade hand sanitizer recipes

Most of the out there use a mix of 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol (also known as rubbing alcohol) and aloe vera gel, which is necessary to add moisture to your skin because alcohol will dry it out. In these recipes, the typical ratio is two thirds rubbing alcohol to one third of a cup of aloe vera gel.

787彩票开户Even if you follow that recipe, you can still mess it up. Mixing it at home, you in the final product. If you don't use enough aloe gel, it will , which can cause it to ?(the same is true if you just pour rubbing alcohol on your skin).?

787彩票开户But if you don't use enough alcohol, the final product won't be as effective at killing germs as store-bought hand sanitizer -- rendering it basically useless according to . You can also ?with bacteria by not using clean tools to mix it together.

The final issue is that because of the popularity of these homemade hand sanitizers, the ingredients are now harder to come by. So even if you want to make it, you might not be able to find rubbing alcohol and aloe vera at your local drugstore.

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Most DIY hand sanitizer recipes call for isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel.

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You should avoid recipes that call for vodka or spirits because you need a high proof liquor to get the right concentration of alcohol by volume. That's because most liquor is mixed with water, so if you mix a 80-proof vodka (which is the standard proof) with aloe, you'll have hand sanitizer that contains less than . In response to a tweet about someone using Tito's Vodka to make DIY hand sanitizer787彩票开户, the company responded by saying that you shouldn't use its product for that purpose.?

The World Health Organization has official instructions to make a to use in medical settings, but it's not written for the average prepper to use. It requires using sterile water, an to measure the concentration of alcohol in the final product and glycerol (also known as glycerin), which isn't as easy to track down at your local drugstore as aloe vera gel.?

787彩票开户It also does not recommend including any dyes, essential oils or other fragrances because they could cause an allergic response -- a lot of DIY recipes call for essential oils to mask the smell of alcohol.

So what should you do instead?

Wash your hands787彩票开户. The and both agree that's the best thing you can do right now to protect yourself from getting sick, either from coronavirus or anything else. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, many times per day -- after you use the restroom, before and after you eat, before and after you prepare food and in .

Also avoid touching your face in general, but especially with dirty hands. Most everything you touch throughout the day is covered in germs and if you touch your (lips, noise, eyes) you can spread viruses and bacteria into your own body.

If you want to use other disinfecting products to clean your hands or surfaces, the? released a full ?that can kill the virus.

787彩票开户I don't advise it, but if you're determined to make your own hand sanitizer (and can actually find the ingredients to do so), avoid any recipes that don't use at least 60% alcohol. Otherwise, just wash your damn hands.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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