Puns aside – the community is working hard to prevent further spread of COVID-19, and one of the key tips to avoid getting and spreading this infectious disease is of course washing your hands thoroughly and regularly with warm water and soap (but also – as much as you can, please stay home!).
But if a tap is too far away, the next best thing is good ole’ hand sanitiser. And it seems like everybody else knows it, too: shelves of supermarkets and pharmacies are wiped, and even online stores are out of stock.
Not to worry, though – if you’re isolating at home and have a bit of time of your hands, AND have Aloe Vera in the garden, this is the perfect opportunity to try making your own.
Please note: this recipe does not produce lab-tested, medical-grade hand sanitiser.
Please continue protecting yourself from infection by following official guidance on social distancing, and wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
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So the hubby and I (actually let’s be real, the hubby and my father-in-law) have an aloe vera plant in the backyard?? And I was thinking what better use of it right now than to make some hand sanitizer?! If you have rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel you can make some at home using this mixture: ?3/4 cup rubbing alcohol (at least 90%) ?1/4 cup aloe vera gel ?optional 10 drops of an essential oil Whisk ingredients into a gel and pour into a little bottle. That’s it!✨ I doubt that I can make too many of these with only a few plant branches, but if you’re local and out of sanitizer send me a DM and we can setup a contactless pickup?? #dointhedamnthing #diyhandsanitizer #coronavirus #covid19 #quarantined #quarantinelife #aloevera #creativediys #diy #aloeveraplant #ingredients #naturalsanitizer #handsanitizeringredients #positivevibes #blissedthinking
Here’s what you need:
2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol (you might know this as 99% Isopropyl alcohol)
Aloe vera leaves or, alternatively, aloe vera gel
Essential oils are optional, if you’d like to pop a fragrance in
Mini bottle (got an old travel-sized bottle that’s lying around? That’s perfect!)
Bowl and spoon
Let’s do this!
If you have pre-bought aloe vera gel, skip to step 4.
- Wash two leaves and stand them upright in a cup for about 15 minutes to allow the resin from the leaf to drain.
- Wash the leaf again, and cut the outer thick skin of the leaf to reveal the gel – hoorah!
- Take care to spoon out only the gel into a blender, and blend for a few seconds until you get a frothy-liquid substance.
- Pour the isopropyl alcohol into a bowl, along with the aloe vera gel. Make sure that you have a 2:1 ratio of alcohol to aloe vera. This is preferred to ensure you get the right amount of alcohol to kill germs, with enough moisture from the aloe vera.
- If you’re after some fragrance, drop in around 8–10 drops of essential oils. You can even use lemon juice! Mix, mix, mix.
- Using the funnel, transfer your products into a bottle and voila!
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Here to say, aloe! How majestic is this plant?! It started as just a little pup from my friend @lunggarden 4-5 years ago. These things sprout offspring like crazy! Bonus: They are super easy to care for. I water every 3 weeks or so at this point. This year I want to do lots of propagating so I have more plants to share with friends. Who’s with me?! ? #plantswap
If you don’t have Aloe Vera already, it’s a great, easy-grow variety that’s great to have on hand for treating minor skin troubles, such as sunburn.
Just as the Aloe Vera plant served us well this time round, many other plants are also useful for warding off common ailments (we even made a specific inspirational Look about these, called The Remedy). Get on the phone to your nearest Plant Life Balance accredited nursery to find out which plants they have available at the moment that can lend you a helping hand or two.