Correctly scrubbing your hands is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs and viruses and to make sure you don’t get sick yourself. But if you don’t have access to soap and freshwater, or if you’re out and about and nowhere close to a sink, you should carry hand sanitizer to protect your health.
As you’re no doubt conscious, bottles of hand sanitizer (Purell, Wet Ones, and the like) sell out rapidly during public health crises. But don’t worry—making your hand sanitizer is amazingly easy. You just have to be alert you don’t mess it up.
Confirm that the tools you use for mixing are properly sanitized; otherwise you could dirty the whole thing. Also, the World Health Organization suggests letting your concoction sit for a least of 72 hours after you’re done.
That way the sanitizer has time to destroy any bacteria that might have been introduced during the mixing process.
(Note: To repeat, nothing beats washing your hands. Hand sanitizer—even the real, efficiently made stuff—should always be a last resort.)
We truly have two recipes for you, and links to find the ingredients. The first is one you can make with the material you likely already have in your cabinets and under the sink, so it’s effectual in emergencies.
The second recipe is more complex, but simple to make if you have the chance to do some shopping and planning ahead of time.
Another note: a lot of these items are rapidly going out of stock because of high demand. There’s a higher opportunity of finding them at your local drug store, but your first main concern is to stay indoors.