The COVID-19 Coronavirus has become a worldwide panic and the spread has been so wide to demand so. The disease, thought to have originated from China, has surprisingly also infected people who have never been to China. Most alarming is that the mortality rate from the Coronavirus increases with age and so the older you are the more likely you are to die from the infection. This, of course, is a 45+plus nightmare.
Medical experts say the best way to avoid getting the Coronavirus disease is to observe basic hygiene and most importantly wash your hand with soap and water for at least 20 seconds every time, but the required frequency of ablution per day may not make this so practical especially if you are traveling, at work or just not anywhere near a sink. In the alternative, experts say regular cleaning of hands with a hand disinfectant could work equally well. This suits most people and has therefore unfortunately created a rush that has left most pharmacies and supermarkets out of stock of hand sanitizers.
But if you haven’t been able to purchase hand sanitizer, don’t despair. You can make your hand sanitizers at home from ingredients you can buy from the pharmacy or supermarket and it won’t cost an arm and a leg. Here is a simple recipe for an alcohol-based sanitizer gel.
2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or vodka
1/3 cup pure aloe vera gel (preferably without additives)
8 to 10 drops essential oil, such as lavender, clove, cinnamon, or peppermint
1. Mix the alcohol and aloe vera gel in the bowl. The mixture should be completely smooth and homogeneous. If you want a thicker mixture, add more of aloe vera. If you want a thinner mix, add more alcohol.
2. Add the essential oil. Add it one drop at a time, stirring as you go. After about 8 drops, smell the mixture to see whether you like the scent. If it seems strong enough, stop there. If you like a stronger scent, add a few more drops. Lavender, clove, cinnamon and peppermint essential oils have the added benefit of providing additional antiseptic properties to the mixture. If you don’t like these scents, it’s fine to use whatever scent you enjoy. Lemon, grapefruit and passion fruit all work well.