Recipes for homemade hand sanitizers are all over Facebook, YouTube, and other social media. But many medical professionals don’t recommend trying to make your own.
First, hand sanitizers require a very high alcohol content, so many people’s homemade versions use alcohol they have around the house that doesn’t meet the requirement. We don’t want people thinking that they’re sanitizing their hands, when in fact they aren’t killing the virus.
Second, there’s a real danger of chemical burns or very harsh hand sanitizers when making a homemade version. Just recently a store in New Jersey sold homemade sanitizer that caused chemical burns.
Instead we recommend using the first and best defense: good handwashing with soap and water. This is the CDC’s recommended first option for killing the coronavirus (and a whole lot of other pathogens, including cold, flu, and norovirus).
Other things you can do to help protect against transmission of Coronavirus include: