Just Do It Yourself

Hand Sanitizer

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, people everywhere need to take precautions not to contact the virus. Precautionary action is quite simple.

Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face without first washing your hands.

The Covid-19, or coronavirus, spreads like many other bacteria, “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.” Therefore, touching contaminated surfaces, people, or items is main source of spread.

Not corona beer, not those of asian descent *facepalm*

The covid-19 is also only deadly if you have other underlying health conditions, like heart disease, kidney disease, immune system dysfunctions, etc. Otherwise, it’s just another unpleasant virus fight off. You must always seek treatment if you suspect symptoms of the virus.

Technically speaking, the CDC has urged everyone to wash their hands for decades to prevent virus and bacteria of any kind spreading. At this time, it proves their point just as to WHY this is so important.

According to the CDC themselves, this is what you need to do to minimize your risk of contacting the virus and/or spreading it – nobody is immune to this virus, and you have no idea who has touched the last thing you have touched.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% pure alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Although hand sanitizer is readily available just about anywhere, stores are selling out rapidly as populous quietly panics. Here is my basic instruction on how to make your own handsantizer gel.

You will need:

An old mini sanitzer bottle
Pure Aloe gel
Vitamin e oil
Rubbing alcohol 90% (or greater)
Essential oil (optional)

  • Fill the bottle 1/3 with the aloe gel
  • Add vitamin E oil to fill the bottle to the 1/2 way mark
  • Fill the rest of the bottle with alcohol
  • Add EO to create the scent you want (optional)

For example, the small bottle of hand santizer from the store I have, holds 18ml. If I were to use it for this, I would add:

6ml of aloe gel
3ml of vitamin e
6ml of rubbing alcohol
Plus 5-10 drops of EO

Stay healthy friends!