As a musician or band member, you come into contact with people all of the time, and as we are now all aware, keeping our hands clean at all times is one way to try and ensure you don’t catch, or spread the Coronavirus. Scrubbing your hands for 20 seconds is for sure one way to stop the spread of COVID 19, and of course, helps you in trying not to get sick yourself.
If you’re out and about though and don’t have access to soap and water, one way to stay safe and clean is by using hand sanitizer.
Now here’s the rub, we are all now aware that aware, bottles of hand sanitizer have all but disappeared from store shelves due to bulk buying and the reaction to the Coronavirus crises.
The team here at Rock My World has done a bit of research and we’ve found that making your own batch of hand sanitizer is not as hard as you may think. Like anything else worth doing, you need to take your time and use the correct ingredients
The tools you use for mixing the ingredients need to be completely sanitized, and as the World Health Organization recommends, once mixed and made, you need to have your homemade sanitizer sit for a minimum of 72 hours. This gives the sanitizer time to eliminate any bacteria that might have been introduced during the mixing process. Simple right?
So, below we’ve found homemade sanitizer recipes for you. You can make the first with ingredients you may already have around your house or apartment, and the second may require you head out into the great blue wonder so perhaps call ahead of time to make sure they have what you need.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your sanitizer mix must be at least 60 percent alcohol to really work. But get stronger than that if you can. A bottle of 99 percent isopropyl alcohol would be the optimum strength for use.
Recipe # 1
The Gel Recipe (Nice and quick)
All of the above Ingredients can be found at Target or similar stores.
You mix 3 parts isopropyl alcohol to 1 part aloe vera gel. To give it a nice fresh scent add a few drops of tea tree oil and away you go.
The Spray Recipe (Best and Strongest)
This more potent version is based on the mix recommended by the WHO.
Mix 1 ⅔cups alcohol with 2 teaspoons of glycerol. You can buy jugs of glycerol online, and it’s an important ingredient because it keeps the alcohol from drying out your hands. If you can’t find glycerol, proceed with the rest of the recipe anyway and just remember to moisturize your hands after applying the sanitizer.
Mix in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, then another ¼ cup of distilled or boiled (then cooled) water. (If you’re working with a lower-concentration solution of rubbing alcohol, use far less water; remember, at least ⅔of your final mixture has to be alcohol.)
Load the solution into spray bottles—remember, this isn’t a gel, this is a spray. As an alternative though, you could always wet a paper towel with the above mixture for use as a wipe.
Using an essential oil as an addition to your concoction will help to make it smell nice.
We are certainly not saying this is a cure in any way, but keeping you hands and surfaces clean as much as possible will help curb the spread of germs in general.
Stay safe out there people.