Coronaviruses like COVID-19 is just a virus-like other virus we had discovered. Being Hygienic is what we should always follow irrespective of any such pandemic affecting us. Washing hands regularly is always a safe practice to keep ourselves hygienic, but many times we don't have such a facility. In such cases, hand sanitizer is just as effective at killing bacteria and viruses, and it's easier to use when you're out and about. 

According to the CDC, the best way to stay protected is to wash your hands for 20 seconds after returning from a public place. As a general rule, you should avoid touching your nose, eyes, or mouth with unwashed hands. The correct way of using a hand sanitizer is to apply it liberally to your hands and rub them together until the gel effervesces. Demand for hand sanitizers has shot through the roof in the wake of the coronavirus, and if you're running low, you can easily make some at home.  

Before you start making your own hand sanitizer at home, there is a very important instruction to note.

Isopropyl alcohol is highly flammable and will burn your skin should it come into direct contact with your hands. I recommend using nitrile gloves as a general precaution. Once you're ready to get started, here's what you need to do:

1. Pour the isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel into the bowl. As hand sanitizers need to contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective, you should ideally maintain a 2:1 ratio of isopropyl alcohol to aloe vera gel.

2. Add essential oils to the mix if needed. You don't necessarily need essential oils, but if you like a particular smell, you can add a few drops of oil.

3. Stir the ingredients together with a spoon and pour them into plastic bottles using a funnel. Your hand sanitizer is ready to go.

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It is important to note that none of these versions has ever been lab-tested for efficacy—and while we can estimate the anti-microbial properties of each recipe based on current knowledge, there is no way of knowing if they are truly effective against a specific strain of virus or bacteria without lab testing.

This hand sanitizer is not a substitute for proper handwashing. And while this home remedy contains commonly-accepted natural antiviral ingredients, it has never been tested in a lab to determine it’s efficacy against viruses such as the coronavirus. The only version of this hand sanitizer recipe that includes the 60%+ alcohol content that the CDC and other health organizations recommend for hand sanitizer to properly kill coronavirus is the version using 190 proof grain alcohol (Everclear) — and this version has still not been tested for efficacy against coronavirus. A tested recipe that contains the proper level of alcohol can be found through the World Health Organization. As always, check with your health care professional before using any home remedy on you or your family.