Then disinfectants for the hands which are now available from numerous manufacturers, help. However, you can save yourself money by making hand sanitizer using aloe vera plants yourself at home. It’s very simple and you are guaranteed to know afterwards what is in the bottle. The germ killer is nicely packaged and can even be used as a gift.
Currently also important to protect yourself and others: a face mask.
Direction to make hand sanitizer with Aloe Vera
The list of ingredients in an average disinfectant reads like a chemistry doctoral thesis: Propan-2-ol, Propan-1-ol, mecetronium ethyl sulfate … In case it is too scary for you to rub this mixture on your skin or your children, you can also mix an agent that kills pathogens yourself. We’ll show you how to do this and what you need for it in our DIY instructions for disinfectants.
However, it is important that you do not overdo it with the application. Washing hands with soap is always the better alternative – both for your skin and for your immune system.
Because when you wash your hands, you render a large part of the bacteria and viruses on the surface of your hand harmless, and a certain amount of contact with pathogens is even good for us because it helps us train our immune system. In addition, some bacteria even protect the skin.
Nevertheless, hygiene is particularly important in the cold season, when waves of flu and colds wash through the country regularly. And if there is absolutely no sink nearby, then a disinfectant is ideal for on the go.
This is what you need for the Homemade Aloe Vera Hand Sanitizer!
The best thing to do is to get an amber glass bottle with a spray attachment from the pharmacy or online from Amazon. Then fill this out as follows:
- 80 ml alcohol (isopropyl alcohol or ethanol)
- 20 ml aloe vera juice
- 5 drops of an essential oil : Either tea tree, clove, lavender, lemon, rosemary, cinnamon, or eucalyptus
Mix all ingredients in the brown glass bottle and shake well before each use.
The essential oils contained are a natural remedy against germs, bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Alcohol disinfects very well, as does aloe vera – and the aloe portion also cares for the skin. If you prefer to clean surfaces with the spray, simply replace the aloe vera portion 1:1 with alcohol in hand sanitizer recipe.
Would you prefer it to be a hand gel? Then add 1 to 1.5 grams of xanthan gum to change the consistency. Fill the gel into a bottle with a pump attachment.
Use hand disinfectants correctly
- Spray your hands with the spray from a distance of 5 centimetres until the palms of the hands are damp and distribute it between the fingers – similar to the soap when washing hands.
- Leave on for up to 30 seconds.
- Massage the disinfectant gel into your hands for 20 to 30 seconds so that it can develop its optimal anti-germ effect.
WHO recipe for homemade sanitizers goes around the world
Incidentally, the World Health Organization (WHO) has published instructions for a self-mixed disinfectant. According to the editorial network Germany, the WHO recipe contains the following ingredients eliminating aloe vera, which are mixed and stirred well:
- 800 ml alcohol or ethanol
- 200 ml of boiled water
It is important that you do not mix the ingredients in the vicinity of a fire or hot objects because ethanol is highly flammable.
The glycerine component in the WHO’s DIY disinfectant recipe is intended to protect the skin. The problem: alcohol and ethanol attack the fatty layer on the skin and make your hands dry. All in all, homemade hand sanitizer comprising aloe vera plants juice are more of an emergency solution. Experts from various pharmacy chambers warn against making disinfectants yourself because they use flammable chemicals. So caution is required in any case. And a disinfectant from the pharmacy should be the first choice.