The Corona virus pandemic has created a massive shortage of hand sanitiser, with everyone now increasingly concerned about germs and cleanliness. Alcohol based sanitiser helps to clean your hands when you can’t get to a sink, its vital for when you are out and about and on the go.

With the shortage of sanitiser all over the world it is now important that you know how to make your own.

New York is using its correctional facilities to employ inmates to make 100,000 gallons per week to try and increase the availability in NYC.

Make your own hand sanitizer:

Alcohol is the active ingredient and the gel must contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective,

You will need

  • Rubbing alcohol (99% Isopropyl alcohol, 2/3 cup)
  • Aloe vera gel (1/3 cup)
  • Lavender essential oil (8-10 drops)
  • Tea tree essential oil (optional)
  • Bowl, spoon, funnel, Squeeze or spray bottle. Recipe taken from Tom’s Guide.


  1. Fill a squeezy bottle up with two thirds alcohol
  2. Add 10 – 15 drops of Lavender and Tea tree essential oils. These oils have anti – bacterial properties and smell lovely.
  3. Fill the rest of the bottle with Aloe Vera gel which will ensure its sensitive on your skin.
  4. Shake the bottle and make sure you do a patch test on a small area of your hand to ensure it does not irritate your skin. You should also make sure you understand that rubbing alcohol in huge quantities can cause dry and sore skin so make sure you moisturise your hands frequently too.

Ensure you still wash your hands with soap and water and follow the guidelines. You should wash your hands fro the amount of time It takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice (around 20 secs) According to the NHS guidelines.

Sanitiser alone cannot totally protect you from Covid-19, you need to ensure you wash your hands as normal with soap and water and also make sure you are aware of not touching your nose, mouth and eyes as this transmits germs.

How to clean your smartphone safely

While you may want to clean your smartphone, some substances can damage the device. Dr Lena Ciric, a microbiologist from University College London, says you can effectively clean your phone using just household soap and water. Watch this video from the BBC which can help explain it better.