As a result, hand sanitisers are selling out at pharmacies, causing even more anxiety among citizens.
He asked the burning question, “Is there such a thing as a good sanitiser, and a useless one?”
Lizeth confirmed that there can indeed be differentiated between good and bad hand sanitisers.
The most important ingredient of any good hand sanitiser is alcohol. “A hand sanitiser must have some sort of alcohol in it. If it burns – you know there is alcohol in. Soap is the most effective way; however, you must wash your hands for 20 seconds or more.
“Sanitisers that contain 70-90% alcohol are the preferred choice, but something with around 62% alcohol is also good,” she said.
She shared this quick and easy recipe for making your own sanitiser at home.
How to make your own hand sanitiser
- ¼ cup Aloe Vera
- Around 20 drops Tea Tree Oil or essential oils
- ½ cup Medicolab Ethanol (alcohol) 90% BP
- Mix all the ingredients together and decant into a sterilised bottle. Use as often as possible.
Top Tip: The sanitiser has a liquid consistency and can be used as a spray too. Decant into a sterilised spray bottle if you prefer.
“It’s cost effective and can be made at home. But be responsible. If the shops run out, don’t panic,” Martin concluded.
Top Tip: According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s best to wash your hands with soap and water first (followed by a hand sanitiser), as this reduces the number of germs and chemicals on your hands.
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