Can I make my own hand sanitizer to protect against Coronavirus?

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Yes, you can make your own disinfectant if you’re trying to kill coronavirus on a non-porous surface.

“Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The CDC’s recipe calls for diluting 5 tablespoons (or ⅓ cup) of bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water.

You can also make your own hand sanitizer. The Nebraska Medical Center – famous for its biocontainment unit and treatment of Ebola patients – offers this recipe:

What you’ll need:

  • 2/3 cup 91% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon or something for whisking
  • Small container, such as a 3 oz. travel bottle
  • Optional: essential oil to give your hand sanitizer a fragrance

Directions:

  • In a mixing bowl, stir isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel together until well blended.
  • Add 8-10 drops of scented essential oil (optional, but nice!). Stir to incorporate.
  • Pour the homemade hand sanitizer into an empty container and seal.
  • Write “hand sanitizer” on a piece of masking tape and affix to the bottle.