Prevention is better than cure, especially now that the country is under a national emergency. With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the U.S., it's best to make sure you're all clean and disinfected from all the bacteria and viruses. The best protection against it is to constantly use a hand sanitizer, wash your hands, and decontaminate your home with the proper tools.
You don't have to brave the crowd and risk yourself of exposure, this step by step instruction can take up to only 10 minutes if all the ingredients are ready. Remember, this DIY project is not the usual dollar store aloe vera based sanitizing gel, but a commercial-grade one — just like a Purell sanitizer you can get in the supermarket.
Read on and learn how to make this DIY commercial-grade hand sanitizer by using just a few ingredients to keep your self and home and virus-free.
Learn How to Make a Commercial Grade Hand Sanitizer
Materials Needed to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer Gel:
- 8 oz. Purified Water
- 5-6 drops GlycolTEA™
- 1 tbsp. Carbomal80™
- 16 oz. 99% Isopropyl Alcohol
- 5-6 drops Silacal945™
Step 1: Create the Gel-Solution
To make the gel, prepare your blender and combine the water, GlycolTEA™, and Carbomal80™. Blend the ingredients for about 10-15 seconds. You'll see the consistency change at about 10 seconds.
You'll have a gel after blending. Allow the mixture to settle and become clear. Set aside.
Step 2: Create the Alcohol Solution
In a separate container, mix the 99% alcohol and Silacal945™. Stir until fairly mixed.
Step 3: Combine the Solutions
It's time to combine the two solutions. Pour the alcohol solution into the blender together with the gel solution and stir it gently for about 10-15 seconds.
Step 4: Blend to Make the Sanitizer Gel
After letting the solution sit for 15 minutes, turn on the blender for about 10-15 seconds to remove any remaining lumps. Now you have a hand sanitizer gel!
It's ready to use and can be transferred to different containers to give out to your family.
NOTE: It may still be cloudy but the appearance doesn't affect its effectivity. You can let it sit for 1-2 days more to get the clear consistency you're used to seeing in store-bought sanitizers.
4 Alternative Products as Hand Sanitizers and Disinfectants
1. Cleansing Foam
The no-rinse cleansing foam, that is. The foam contains soap and is usually used for the elderly or for disabled people. This is a great alternative for those with sensitive skin since it's really made to be non-irritating.
Cleansing foams have Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate which is used for body washes, detergents, and regular soap.
TO USE: Just leave the foam on your hand and rub it for 20 seconds or until the foam dissolves.
2. Everclear Alcohol
If you have this lying around your house and have nothing else to use as a sanitizer, you can use a bottle of Everclear. It is a grain-distilled spirit. It also has 151 proof which means it has 75.5% alcohol making it a great disinfectant.
TO USE: Add glycerin or aloe vera gel to keep your hands moisturized and a few drops of essential oil to add fragrance. Whisk and pour some onto a spray bottle and you're ready to go.
3. DIY Lysol Wipes
If you ever run out of Lysol disinfecting wipes but still have a can of Lysol running around the house, you can go ahead and turn it into a DIY project. Lysol disinfectant spray smells really good and can actually fight certain strains of the coronavirus.
TO USE: Place a few napkins in a sandwich bag and spray everything with the disinfectant.
You can use it as a regular wet wipes or disinfect your fingers or hands whenever you need to.
4. Concentrated Body Wash
This should be the last one on your list and to be used only as a last resort. This is too concentrated and can potentially hurt your skin. They are used for bubble baths after all.
However, they're still soap and have Triethanolamine Lauryl Sulfate as an ingredient, which is a detergent.
TO USE: Add four parts of water to one part of the concentrated body wash in an empty shampoo bottle and shake. You can also transfer the solution to a spray bottle if desired.
Knowing how many asymptomatic cases we have right not, frequent sanitizing is something you need to take seriously. Luckily, we have this easy to make and inexpensive solution that not only sanitizes but also helps keep your hands moisturized.
Best of all, it's as good or even better than the regular Purell hand sanitizer you can buy in the grocery.
Get the ingredients to make this DIY project without having to go outside, here! You can even buy them in bulk so you'll have enough supply to last this pandemic. And if you have other hand sanitizer and disinfectant alternatives, share them in the comments section below.
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