Jong, it is time to stop crying and playing victim and start doing something for yourself! The shops are “empty”, but you can still sanitise if you would just take a few moments to fling together something that could positively do more for your sanity than crying and pointing fingers at the kakpapier-hoarders.
I made this myself. It is a hand sanitiser, inspired by the fact that so many people stare themselves blind at the fact that there is none on the shelf at their local stores.
You can make your own! Remember: nothing beats soap and water, but hand sanitiser can tide you over.
Mine has added glycerine which could help curb the effects of the very drying, very harsh alcohol solutions.
You would do well to remember that Corona (COVID-19) is a virus, not a bacteria. Anti-bacterial products will not be helping too much, except if it is a soap. But then: SOAP! Soap apparantly kills it whether it be Sunlight, Lifebuoy, laundry soap or hand soap. Who knows: maybe even toothpaste?
DISCLAIMER: I share this recipe freely. But I am not 100% sure of its efficacy, so please don’t try and attack me for the use of any of the ingredients – I do not claim that this is the best or the most effective. All I am claiming is that this could provide necessary peace of mind.
Oh, did I mention there is some surgical spirits in there? I believe it is called SURGICAL spirits for a reason.
NOTE: I used essential oils that I already had on hand. Ti Tree (Tea Tree) oil is indispensable – it is an antiviral oil and was meant to form the basis of this sanitiser. But when I read up FROM BOOKS (not the internet) which essential oils could also be effective, I found quite a few that were listed as antiviral. Feel free to adjust the recipe to your own liking. Again: I do not claim anything – it is merely to make me feel a little more assured that I am taking care of myself.
IMPORTANT: Use only pharmaceutical grade, NATURAL essential oils. DO NOT use synthetic or “nature identical” oils. If you are unsure, you can contact Escentia Products (http://www.essential-oils.co.za/) for a list of their organic range, or ask your health shop to point them out to you.
Oh, and as for surgical spirits: I found mine at Dischem. Any pharmacy should carry some and it is really cheap. Do not use methylated spirits, though!
Plain tap water should suffice, since it contains some chlorine which is also effective at killing germs. However, with all the other gunk that comes with tap water, I opted for distilled; you may substitute with prepared\bottled water.
Vegetable Glycerine 10 ml
Distilled Water 187.5 ml
Surgical Spirits 62.5 ml
Bergamot 10 drops
Eucalyptus (Organic) 10 drops
Cinnamon Leaf 5 drops
Ti-Tree (Organic) 10 drops
Rosemary (Organic) 10 drops
Pour the surgical spirits into a 250 ml atomiser bottle. Add the essential oils and vegetable glycerine. Slowly pour the distilled water into the mix up to the curve of the neck of your chosen bottle, to avoid spillage when inserting the pump.
Insert pump and shake well.
This sanitiser can be sprayed straight onto your hands, work surfaces as well as in the air like a room freshener.