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Homemade Waterless Hand Purifier
Keeping our hands clean is an important health habit for prevention of many common and seasonal illnesses. Proper recommendations can be followed on the CDC recommendations for proper handwashing.
Personally, I do not rely solely on hand sanitizer or purifiers to eradicate germs. Remember the best way to stay healthy is by following the CDC's guidelines.
However, not everyone has instantaneous access to a water source and soap at all times. For those situations, I like to make this DIY hand purifier that is convenient and highly portable to fit in any bag or purse. This is not a substitute for proper handwashing hygiene however.
With all the recent emphasis on hand sanitization and washing, most people are experiencing undernourished skin on their hands, especially around the knuckles. This DIY hand purifier may support the skin with ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Jojoba oil, and Vitamin E.
If you add witch hazel or alcohol to this hand purifier, you could introduce some antiviral or antimicrobial benefits. Witch hazel is reported to contain tannins which show some antiviral activity against influenza A and HPV (source). The CDC recommends at least a 60% concentration of alcohol to maintain bactericidal properties.
Ingredients for DIY Hand Purifier:
Directions for DIY Hand Purifier:
Don't want to DIY? Use Thieves Hand Sanitizer.