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Prepare for coronavirus: Make your own hand sanitiser

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With coronavirus (COVID-19) infiltrating headlines, the one thing we know for certain is keeping hands clean and germ-free is a must (and not just when there’s an epidemic).

The World Health Organisation recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds multiple times a day, but the reality of life can get in the way (on the go, in a plane, train, underground tubes), and that’s when a hand sanitiser is necessary. Read below and find out how you can make your own hand sanitiser today.

What you’ll need

  • 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin (optional)
  • 1 cup aloe vera gel
  • 15 drops tea tree oil
  • 15 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • Distilled water for the consistency you like
  • Add all ingredients to a glass spray bottle and shake well.
  • *Optional: add orange, lemon, or eucalyptus for fragrance.

More helpful tips to prevent germs

  • Instead of handshaking, many people are elbow tapping or even placing their hand over their heart.
  • For another DIY idea, you can pour rubbing alcohol onto baby wipes as a creative solution for disinfectant wipes (which are also flying off the shelves at stores right now).

Prepare yourself and remember to use hand sanitiser during this pandemic. If you are concerned about your wellbeing during the outbreak speak to one of our Nutritionists or Functional Medicine Practitioners to find out what foods you can do to boost your immune system.

Isha Patel, BSc Nutritionist

References:

Show Me the Science – When & How to Use Hand Sanitizer in Community Settings | Handwashing | CDC. 2020. Show Me the Science – When & How to Use Hand Sanitizer in Community Settings | Handwashing | CDC. [ONLINE] Available at https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html. [Accessed 16 March 2020].

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