- As people concerned about the coronavirus continue snatching up hand sanitizer, retail outlets have been having a difficult time keeping their shelves stocked with the germ-killing hand solution. But there’s no need to worry; experts say homemade hand sanitizer is every bit as effective as store-bought versions.
- The active ingredient in hand sanitizer is something most people already have in their bathrooms: rubbing alcohol, says Dr. David Agus. Combine 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol with 1/3 cup aloe vera gel. Adding several drops of essential oil will make it smell better, but it’s not necessary, Agus says. Then mix it up and it’s ready.
- While hand sanitizer doesn’t kill all viruses, it’s been proven to be effective against the coronavirus, Agus says.