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.
(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.
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:
Local pharmacy was out of hand sanitizer, so I made my own. It was pretty easy, except that I chose to use fresh aloe so I spent an hour scooping out the gel from the leaves. Most important is to make sure there’s at least 60% isopropyl alcohol in the mix. #coronavirusnewyork pic.twitter.com/y7QNnDUQFx
— Natasha Paulmeno (@natashapaulmeno) March 3, 2020
Just whipping up some homemade hand sanitizer. I’m not getting all crazy but be prepared they say. Can’t be prepared if you can’t find the stuff, so made some of my own. pic.twitter.com/KSZ5V3rLWQ
— Amy (@Amy17216484) March 7, 2020
Couldn’t find hand sanitizer today, so I made my own. 2 parts alcohol, 1 part gel. pic.twitter.com/XsOVV4CzHk
— Avocado-at-law (@ProGuacVice) March 1, 2020
guys my mom went to buy hand sanitizer for the airplane and the store was sold out so she made her own pic.twitter.com/O6HUn8cCQo
— ALEXO (zendaya’s wife in 5 years MANIFESTING IT) (@Alexischangg) March 6, 2020
Made my own hand sanitizer like a freakin boss.
2/3 isopropyl, 1/3 aloe vera gel, a few drops essential oil.
(Stores were sold out; I wanted to replace the one I had in the car.)
Feeling very superior right now. ? pic.twitter.com/yejgPp4L13
— Margaret Lesh (@MargaretLesh) March 5, 2020
My latest for @wamu885: the hand sanitizer shelves at local stores were barren, and then someone told me I could make my own.
— Alexander W. McCall (@awmccall) March 6, 2020
If that were hand sanitizer in CA right now, you would be a millionaire. I just made my own tonight, 2 parts rubbing alcohol, 1 part pure aloe. Can’t get it here anywhere. Stock up now. pic.twitter.com/TViRtUTqUv
— Fen (@Ventchat) March 6, 2020
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:
Kids Selling Hand Sanitizer Instead of Lemonade To Combat Coronavirus https://t.co/TwmBKIKnH5
— TMZ (@TMZ) March 7, 2020
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.
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