You Shouldn't Use Vodka To Create Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Hold off your DIY plans first.
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With COVID-19 being declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, we've become more aware of keeping ourselves and our surroundings *clean.* This resulted in alcohol and hand sanitizers being sold out in supermarkets, drugstores, and convenience stores. In worse cases, resellers jack up the prices to take advantage of worried consumers.

There are ways to make your own hand and surface sanitizer at home, but you may need raw materials like isopropyl alcohol—which is probably sold out, too. This leads some consumers to turn to popular Pinterest hand sanitizer recipes that uses vodka as a base

Okay, sure. The clear booze is indeed alcohol, but it won't cut it. The alcohol content of liquor drinks is only 40 percent—definitely lower than what the Center For Disease Control recommends to use, which is 60 percent alcohol content.

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While it's true that alcohol and hand sanitizers can disinfect our hands, WHO still emphasizes that nothing beats washing our hands with soap and water to prevent the spread of the disease. Hand sanitizer—even the real, professionally made stuff—should always be a last resort.

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