Don't panic, lets get creative with your own homemade and effective hand sanitiser.
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Sometimes you don't realise how bad things are until you surprisingly see it with your naked eyes. The memes, the tweets and forwarded images doesn't quite take its toil, up until you visit 6 different stores searching high and low for one item. I mean there's plenty of shower gels, toothpastes and shampoos - don't people use that too?
There are so many DIY recipes you can find on the internet; it can be great and overwhelming at the same time, but please use your discretion based on your own research when making any type of homemade products.
So lets get started... one thing I would like to point out is that hand sanitisers DO NOT replace a good ole hand washing. Hand washing is one of the best practice to adopt in protecting yourself and others from getting sick, and it is recommended you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and clean water - don't cheat yourself with just water. Protecting your hands, protects others! You can read the science behind this practice here.
What You Need
6 tablespoons of 99% rubbing alcohol - the active ingredient in any hand sanitiser, and it needs to comprise at least 60% of the product in order to kill microbes. Use specifically isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or ethanol, since others can be toxic
2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
10 drops of Essential Oils (like Forever™ Essential Oils Defense - this blend contains orange, clove bud, cinnamon, rosemary, lemon, frankincense, eucalyptus, juniper berry) or you can select any of your preferred essential oils.
5 drops of vitamin E oil
Small glass bottle or spray bottle
Mixing bowl or measuring cup
A non-metal utensil for mixing
Make sure everything you use is clean.
Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl or measuring cup with a non-metal utensil and transfer your germ buster into your dispenser - glass bottle or spray bottle.
Voila, there you have it, your own hand sanitiser to use as needed to combat germs and viruses. Rub into hands well and allow to dry before moisturising.
Our 'Best Essential Oils for Hand Sanitisers' (which can also be added to your hand wash) is definitely worth pinning.
Feel free to comment on which oils you use and also share how it turns out for you. Get creative and hashtag #ZENYSINSPIRES.
Disclaimer: This recipe is based on my personal favourite. I am not a trained chemist or skincare expert. This recipe has not been tested in a lab and the information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult a doctor or specialist for specific concerns about any skincare issues.