Make your own hand sanitizer recipe amid coronavirus shortage

(Fox News video screenshot)

With hand sanitizers quickly being deleted at supermarkets across the country because of the growing coronavirus panic, some clever souls have begun producing their own hand sanitizers using one of the numerous recipes available online.

The hard part is determining which recipes actually work, and which ones are garbage. To that end, the hosts of Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” decided to invite lifestyle expert Limor Suss onto the show Saturday morning to not only share her preferred recipe with America but to also demonstrate exactly how to make it.

Watch:


(Source: Fox News)

Suss chose a recipe from The Vitamin Shoppe, a retailer of nutritional supplements. The two main ingredients of the recipe are rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel.

There is a catch, though.

[Y]ou have to get rubbing alcohol that’s 91 percent or higher,” Suss noted Saturday on the show. “A lot of them are 70 percent.”

That said, you need a two-thirds cup of rubbing alcohol and one-third cup of aloe vera gel. With that, you will technically have a hand sanitizer.

However, the recipe Suss chose also includes some extra ingredients.

“And then we have different essential oils … I have tea tree oil, which is antibacterial, I have lavender oil, which is calming. And if you want to just have something that softens your hands, I have vitamin E,” she explained.

You need only five drops of each.

After tossing the ingredients together into a bowl, you simply whisk it all together and then funnel it into a beaker or jar.

Read the full recipe below:

There’s just one disclaimer: When you apply the hand sanitizer solution to your hands, let it dry. Don’t rub it off. Other than that, you’re all set.

Of course, the recipe Suss shared isn’t the only one available. The World Health Organization offers a more complex recipe containing:

  • 96 percent ethanol or 99.8 percent isopropyl alcohol
  • 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • 98 percent glycerol
  • sterile distilled or boiled cold water.

The organization’s recipe may be viewed below, though as noted earlier, it’s more complex than the one offered by Suss.

Look:

Whichever recipe you ultimately choose, there’s just one other problem you may want to keep in mind. As you can see from the tweets below, the idea of producing one’s own hand sanitizer is starting to go viral on social media:

As this idea explodes, it’s very likely that the ingredients needed to produce your own hand sanitizer — rubbing alcohol, aloe vera gel, etc. — will also begin to be depleted.

In that case, you may wind up having no other option but to step outside of your home and go out in search of entrepreneurial kids like the ones seen below:

According to TMZ, the two were spotted in the Texas town of Austin selling bottles of homemade hand sanitizer for $3 apiece.

“These smart salespeople are cashing in on the hand sanitizer craze … as you know, people are stocking up on the stuff over fears of catching coronavirus, and stores across the country are selling out … and they’re taking extra precautions by including their Venmo. Money is dirty!” the outlet reported.

Venmo is a digital payment system that allows folks to transfer money to and/or pay one another using just their phones, meaning they don’t have to exchange physical money and thus germs.

Vivek Saxena

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V. Saxena is a staff writer for BizPac Review with a decade of experience as a professional writer, and a lifetime of experience as an avid news junkie. He holds a degree in computer technology from Purdue University.
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