With everyone raiding the supermarket for supplies due to the coronavirus scare, you might have a hard time finding a bottle of hand sanitizer. Don't worry, we got you covered with a home made solution that's pretty cheap and easy to make.
Keep in mind, the best defense against any germs or virus is some thorough hand washing. Just imagine your mom is standing there watching you and spend a solid 20-30 seconds with soap and water, working the lather between your fingers and up to your wrists. We like to pretend we are doctors preparing for surgery, washing up to our elbows. Hey, whatever motivates you to get clean. Better safe than sorry.
Anyways, if you don't have soap to wash with, hand sanitizer is a second best option. If you have ever read the label on the bottle, you will notice that the 'active' ingredient is plain old rubbing alcohol AKA 99% isopropyl alcohol. You might even have a bottle in the house already as part of a first aid kit, but if not run and and get a few bottles before those supplies dry up.
To make you own hand sanitizer, you just need to mix the isopropyl alcohol with some sort of base. Aloe Vera gel is a great option that is cheap and also helps to sooth the hands and moisturize since alcohol can be very drying on the skin. The key is to keep the ratio of alcohol to base (aloe vera) high so that is effective.
Aim for a minimum of 60% alcohol. To keep it simple find and empty bottle and fill it 2/3 with alcohol, then fill the final 1/3 with aloe vera. Shake it up thoroughly and you're good to go.
Make your hand sanitzer smell good and manly with a few drops of essential oils or a spray or two of cologne. Just be sure to let the sanitizer air dry on your hands to work: in other words don't wipe it off before it has time to kill the COVID 19 that will turn you into a hacking, coughing zombie.