INDIANAPOLIS — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent the transmission of disease is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
But, in instances where soap and water are not at your disposal, hand sanitizer is the second best thing.
Fear of the coronavirus has led people to stock up on hand sanitizer, however, leaving store shelves empty and online retailers with sky-high prices set by those trying to profit on the rush.
Several websites have published explanations on how to mix up your own hand-sanitizing formula, but RTV6 found that one posted by The Verge is one of the best out there.
- 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol (99% isopropyl alcohol)
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
Stir together into a clean soap or pump bottle.
According to The Verge, DIY-ers must be aware of these things before making the sanitizer:
The Food and Drug Administration is asking for new studies on how the antiseptic gels and sprays fight germs and get absorbed into the body, with a particular focus on children and pregnant women.
Agency officials stressed though, that the review "does not mean the FDA believes these products are ineffective or unsafe."
Simplemost's Jenn Fields tried making her own scented hand sanitizer last week, here's how it went.