Doctors warn to be wary of homemade and natural hand sanitizers

Recipes could be ineffective or harmful

The quest for hand sanitizer is a tough one, leaving some to turn to homemade solutions, but experts are issuing a warning about some DIY concoctions.

You only need to type in “homemade hand sanitizer” into your search engine to come face to face with countless recipes and products. Doctors are warning that many of these solutions can be ineffective, and even harmful.

There have been reports about video’s showing how to make your homemade brew using tea tree oil, witch hazel, and aloe vera. Others have concentrations of alcohol that are too low to kill any viruses. Meanwhile, recipes that do have high alcohol content could cause skin problems and adverse reactions.

Doctors continue to stress that the best and safest way to combat COVID-19 is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. It’s the cheapest and easiest way to fight the virus.

If you must make your own; the World Health Organization has instruction here for a recipe that uses ethanol or isopropyl alcohol.

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