In these uncertain times, Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 has the world on new unchartered facing new challenges on a daily basis. One of the challenges that we are facing is in regards to the information and what is true and false. Especially in regards to health and safety.
We are seeing a lot of conflicting advise online at the moment regarding homemade hand sanitisers and would like to set some things straight. First: please be critical of your sources, and do not believe everything you read online! Always check your information on the official sites with confirmed sources. For Sweden, https://www.krisinformation.se/ is a really useful site where information from different government bodies is collected.
DIY Homemade Hand sanitizers - Are they good?
Promoting DIY homemade recipes as solutions for keeping yourself safe from bacteria, diseases and viruses is not only dangerous but promotes an outlaw culture of unregulated unproven misinformation: This can have serious consequence in the form of:
- Unapproved or non-tested ingredients can be potentially damaging not just to yourself but to others.
- If not properly researched objectively and tested to be proven accurate can be misleading and spread misinformation that could be putting vulnerable people in real danger.
- You could potentially be wasting money during these financially difficult times on something ineffective for its intended purpose.
Here is one example and case study below:
The following is a recipe we came across online on a large site with a lot of visitors for a homemade “hand sanitiser” - it will NOT work as a hand sanitiser!
(Above in English: alcohol-free hand-sanitiser with distilled water and a few drops of essential oil from tea tree, lavender, geranium or citrus. Use with a pump bottle)
DIY Homemade Hand sanitizer case study - Debunking the myths from the fact
- It is very hard to make homemade hand sanitizers from everyday household products! Although it might be tempting to try and make your own hand sanitizer, it is difficult to actually make one that is effective in killing germs and viruses.
- You can not use Essential oils as hand sanitizers. Essential oils are not approved as biocides - which means they can not be used as the active component in a hand sanitiser. Simply put - ESSENTIAL OILS ARE NOT APPROVED AS DISINFECTANTS.
- Leading on from point 2, here is a fun fact, mixing oil and water will not work without a solubiliser to incorporate the oil into the water. Instead, the oil and water will separate without a solubilizer resulting in the oil collecting as droplets on top of the water. This means separation = when you pump out the product you only get water.
- The alcohol percentage required for any hand sanitizer to work effectively as a disinfectant would need a minimum of 60% alcohol content. Which means you would require a special kind of alcohol (denatured alcohol) and not your standard over the counter drinking spirits. There are of course other ingredients other than alcohol that counts as biocides but they are highly regulated and require product approval before placing on the market = not recommended to play around with at home.
Now to some real proven facts that actually work in preventing the spread of germs and viruses.
3 simple advice that we know works to prevent
- The best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands with a foaming wash for 20-30 seconds - it can be a hand wash, shower gel, washing up liquid, even a face wash if it has enough surfactants (foaming agent) in it . Handsanitsiers are great on the go but nothing beats washing your hands every chance you get - if you want to have a look at our Hand Sanitisers you can find them here.
- Both washing your hands and sanitizing your hands can dry out your skin, so remember to moisturize your hands to reduce the risk of compromising your skins natural barrier.
- Blogs are a great place to start but always fact checks with your official scientific website for health and safety information. Here is the link to the official website for the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention where you can read lots of information around COVID-19 here, the importance of handwashing here and the science behind hand sanitizers here
Extra hack - Dry hands? Try making a hand mask out of one of our sheet masks. Put our thirst quench mask to work with this hand mask hack using our sheet masks. Instantly cooling sensation feels amazing on dry itchy skin and of course loads of hydration for your skin that gets locked in by the bio-cellulose sheet. Simply cut the mask into 2-4 parts, remove the protective cover and apply to the back of your hands. To help here is a link where you can find our sheet masks. With this link, you will get 15% off no questions asked! Click here - [https://www.skintologystockholm.com/discount/MOISTURIZE15]
Final words - Whatever you do please stay safe, remember to always check your sources and wash your hands whenever you can!
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