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A scarce product: how to make a hand sanitizer yourself

As of March 13, more than 700 cases of Chinese coronavirus infection have been confirmed in the United States. To prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing hands thoroughly with soap and water to help kill germs and harmful bacteria. Grow.

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If there is no washbasin nearby, a hand sanitizer is a good alternative, provided that its formula contains at least 60% alcohol, the CDC said in a statement.

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These recommendations provoked a shortage of hand sanitizer in retail and online stores. As supply decreases, prices rise. A 12 ounce (340 gram) bottle of Purell, which costs about $ 4,50, was sold on Thursday, March 12, on Amazon for $ 50. Amazon promised to stop the price increase and punished many sellers.

According to Melissa Maker, host of Clean My Space on YouTube, if you can't buy a hand sanitizer, you can do it at home.

Creating her disinfectant takes about a minute and costs only $ 1,10. The key ingredients are alcohol and aloe vera gel.

“You can add a moisturizer like almond oil to prevent dry skin, and a few drops of an essential oil (say eucalyptus to make the alcohol smell slightly less harsh,” Maker says.

Here is her recipe


Prices are based on national averages.

  • ¼ cup pure aloe vera gel - $ 0,50
  • ½ glass of rubbing alcohol - $ 0,24
  • 1 tablespoon vitamin E nutritious oil, jojoba, or sweet almond - $ 0,20
  • 15 drops of essential oils like lavender, tea tree, vanilla, thyme, rosemary, lemon, or mint - $ 0,15


Mix these ingredients in a clean bottle and adjust the amount of alcohol to obtain the desired consistency. Shake well and use as needed.

Although hand washing is more optimal, a disinfectant is also effective in preventing disease, says Aubrey Gordon, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. Effectively even a sanitizer that you do yourself if you follow the recommendations.

Use extra strong isopropyl alcohol to create a disinfectant that is as effective as what is sold in the store. “Stick to an alcohol concentration of 91% or higher,” says Gordon.

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Some disinfectant recipes may use vodka instead of alcohol. Recently, representatives of the Vodka Tito company reported on Twitter that the alcohol of this company does not contain enough alcohol to be used to disinfect hands.

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