Following the recent rampant reports of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Africa, many Ghanaians have begun to look for ways to protect themselves.
Common knowledge on how to avoid the transmission of disease, including the novel coronavirus, is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and avoid touching your face.
However, in situations where you cannot wash your hand, the next best thing is hand sanitizer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also advises hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers to prevent the virus from spreading or taking hold in the first place.
If you are not willing to pay for hand sanitizers, you can easily make your own and it really isn’t that hard.
A wide range of sites (most of which are about saving money or reducing dependence on commercial products) have published explanations on how to mix up your own hand sanitizing formula.
Here is how to make your hand sanitizer:
What you need:
- 2/3 cup Isopropyl alcohol also known as rubbing alcohol (ethanol-based liquids)
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
- Essential oil in your choice of fragrance (optional)
- A small or medium mixing bowl
- A spoon
- An empty container
- A funnel (optional, makes it easier if your container has a small mouth like a bottle)
- A small piece of masking tape for labelling.
How to make it:
- In your mixing bowl, stir the Isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel until blended together.
- Stir in 8-10 drops of your preferred scented essential oil (optional).
- Your hand sanitizer is now made. Next, pour the mixture into the empty container and seal it. Use the funnel if your container has a small mouth like a bottle. Put a piece of masking tape on the container and write “hand sanitizer” on it.
The CDC recommends using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. This recipe makes a sanitizer with 65% alcohol content.
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