As the coronavirus spreads in the U.S., Purely and other commercial hand sanitizers have sold out online and at pharmacies across the country in recent days. Now, even the raw materials for do-it-yourself disinfectants are in increasingly short supply, proving hard to find in New York City drugstores, supermarkets and elsewhere.
The run on ingredients such as aloe Vera and rubbing alcohol comes as public health experts recommend that Americans use do-it-yourself methods to make up for nationwide shortages of antibacterial products. “Our hands and fingertips carry the infection, so if we use hand sanitizer that will pretty much control the disease,” Dr. Sanjay Aggarwal, a professor of microbiology at George Washington University, told CBS Monarch.
He also quelled concerns that using pure aloe Vera might dilute the mixture, resulting in a formula that contains less than the CDC's recommended 60% alcohol content. Coronavirus misinformation spreads online05:16 Whole Foods Market at busy Columbus Circle in Manhattan was sold out of both hand sanitizer and its raw components.
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Once you’ve determined that hand sanitizer is necessary, it is important to apply it correctly to reduce the number of microbes on hands. When using hand sanitizer, apply the product to the palm of one hand using label instructions on how much to use.
Before and after visiting someone in a hospital or nursing home, unless the person is sick with Clostridium difficile (in this case, use soap and water). Now that you know whether you need to use soap and water or hand sanitizer, let's cover proper hand cleaning methods to effectively deal with germs, according to the CDC Website.
Wet hands with warm or cold, clean running water and apply soap. Keep scrubbing for 20 seconds or as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
The CDC has expressed concern that hand sanitizers can increase bacterial resistance to infection when overused as well as pose poisoning risks to babies who place everything they see in their mouths, including their hands and toys. Part of developing immunity is being exposed to environmental pathogens as well as viruses and bacteria in their daily lives.
Hand sanitizers contain alcohol and other chemicals that can be harmful to babies. We all know that babies put everything in their mouths, so it’s a risk to use hand sanitizer on their hands and items they play with.
Frequent exposure to sanitize-covered toys and hands in their mouths can cause stomach problems and poisoning in extreme cases. In the years past, I have researched quite a bit on the proper formulation of sanitizers.
If you’ve seen my previous DIY hand sanitizer recipe and recommendations for handwashing as part of the free natural skincare mini-course you’ll know that for years I have been using natural and plant-based soaps and hand sanitizers to keep my hands clean and ward off germs for our family. It was pretty hard for me not to catch them all with a snugly and snotty toddler, but once I started being diligent about handwashing and not touching my face with my hands, it reduced the viruses that I caught by about 80%.
It’s also important to note that social distancing, avoiding people who are sick, staying home if you are sick, avoiding unnecessary travel, and using alternative greetings (elbow bumps vs handshakes) and great ways to help stop the spread of viruses. You won’t find antibacterial soaps in our house because I want to protect the natural microbial biome on our skin.
This keeps them from sitting in a slimy, gloppy mess and allows the soap to dry and last longer. I bought a pack of 10 and gave many away as gifts and I have four of them in my home, one in each bathroom, one of the garden sink, and one in the kitchen.
This hand sanitizer does not claim to disinfect or kill viruses but instead to simulate hand -washing when there is no sink nearby. Stockpiling of hand sanitizers and other essential supplies was not regulated here in Canada.
Of concern to me, is that hand sanitizers containing ingredients that have been identified by the FDA as “not generally recognized as safe” are sold out completely in stores because they are being hoarded by people and/or resold at exorbitant prices in secondhand marketplaces like Craigslist and Facebook. These hand sanitizers contain ingredients that are identified as toxic to our bodies.
That being said, I do think it’s essential to use these products in healthcare applications where the spread of viruses is a much higher health risk then processing the toxicity out of our systems. Hand sanitizers should be used by all members of the population when visiting hospitals and healthcare facilities, especially where seniors and people who are had health risks are residing.
Killing off 99.9% of all “germs” does not allow our bodies biomes to encourage the healthy microorganisms that help to protect us in the first place. But as things have developed so rapidly over the past few weeks, I formulated an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to use as a hand and surface spray.
I also cancelled the last week of my book tour even though it was within Canada and considered low risk. The recommendations are that hand sanitizer formulation needs to be 60% alcohol in order to be effective.
On its own, 70% isopropyl alcohol meets the minimum requirements, but this means you can’t combine it with other ingredients in order to make an effective hand sanitizer spray. To make your own hand sanitizer you need the 99% isopropyl alcohol and then you can add 29% of other ingredients like aloe Vera, witch hazel, distilled water, hydro sol, and essential oils.
I use a small amount when formulating lotions and other skincare products to clean my tools and containers. In small amounts, there are usually no health issues however it can be toxic when inhaled or absorbed through the skin, and most definitely when ingested.
I recommend spot testing this formulation before widespread used to make sure there are no adverse reactions. This post is not a substitute for medical, legal, or any other professional advice of any kind.
Screw the lid back on, and then to combine the ingredients, simply shake well. Print Pin This DIY hand sanitizer takes only a few ingredients and just minutes to put together.