Following the report that there is now a confirmed case of coronavirus in Nigeria, many Nigerians began to look for ways to protect themselves.
Common knowledge on how to avoid the transmission of disease, including the novel coronavirus, the best way to do that is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (running water) and avoid touching your face.
However, in situations where you cannot wash your hand, the next best thing is a hand sanitizer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also advises hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers to prevent the virus from spreading or taking hold in the first place.
However, you are probably not alone in witnessing the prices of hand sanitizers skyrocket to alarming prices in the advent of coronavirus in Nigeria.
Just because you can’t afford the hand sanitizers that your local stores sell doesn’t mean you can’t use it because you can easily make your own and it really isn’t that hard.
A wide range of sites (most of which are about saving money or reducing dependence on commercial products) have published explanations on how to mix up your own hand sanitizing formula. However, below are what you need:
- 2/3 cup Isopropyl alcohol 91% (rubbing alcohol)
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
- Essential oil in your choice of fragrance (optional)
- A small or medium mixing bowl
- A spoon
- An empty container, such as a 3-ounce container from a travel toiletries kit
- A funnel (optional, makes it easier if your container has a small mouth like a bottle)
- A small piece of masking tape for labelling.
How to make it:
- In your mixing bowl, stir the Isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel until blended together.
- Stir in 8-10 drops of your preferred scented essential oil (optional).
- Your hand sanitizer is now made. Next, pour the mixture into the empty container and seal it. Use the funnel if your container has a small mouth like a bottle.
Put a piece of masking tape on the container and write “hand sanitizer” on it.
The CDC recommends using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. This recipe makes a sanitizer with 65% alcohol content.
That’s it, that’s the recipe.