Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air, and quickly fall on floors or surfaces.

Corona-Virus cases still on the rise in Kenya

Washing your hands with soap and water or using a hand sanitizer is the best way to stop the spread of virus and germs that cause various diseases, including COVID-19, whis is the ongoing pandemic. However, sometimes there is no access to soap and water at all places all the time, thats why this guideline is here to help you make your own hand sanitizer and bring it with you wherever you go.

Making your own hand sanitizer is quite easy, as long as you follow the process carefully.  Here is a recipe and some guidelinnes to follow in the making of hand sanitizer:

What you will need:

Alcohol

You’re going to need some alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your sanitizer mix must be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective. But it’s better to get way above that—aim for a minimum of 75 percent. A bottle of 99 percent isopropyl alcohol is the best thing to use. Your regular vodka and whiskey are too wimpy and won’t cut it.

Aloe Vera Gel

Yuo can easily make aloe vera gel at home using the following steps:

Cut an aloe vera leaf into 8 long sections. Cut off the ragged edge. Make sure you get just the edge as it is difficult to get the gel out of leaf. Make a long, lengthwise incision in the middle of the leaf to peel off the skin.

Now, place your knife right under the rind and slide it along the length of the leaf to pull off the skin. Make sure to stay close to the skin to get as much gel as you can. Repeat the same for the other half of the skin. With a help of a spoon, carefully scoop out the pulp and collect it in a bowl. Avoid scraping the yellowish part of the pulp, as it contains toxins.

How to prepare yourself for a lockdown

Add a few drops of either grapefruit seed extract, vitamin C powder, vitamin E oil or some essential oil to help preserve the gel for longer period. Blend the mixture for 30 seconds in a high-speed blender.

Pour the gel into a clean storage container and refrigerate. It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about a week.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is found in most cosmetic shops in Kenya, and is quite affordable.

Process

Put some few drops of Tea Tree Oil in a small bowl.

Add three parts of some alcohol and swirl the bowl around.

Add to 1 part aloe vera gel. Your hand sanitizer is ready.