Let’s face it, there is a lot of information circulating at the moment…

it can be difficult to navigate. How do you know if you are ready if the illness reaches your home? What if your family is on a strict budget and this presents a challenge for you? At this time, the most important thing you can do is not panic. 

Following these basic steps helps protect you and the people around you, and keeps the spread of the virus at a minimum.

  • Hand washing, it is said that the Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic, however, this is the first time that there is a pandemic declared for something that we can control. 20-second handwashing with any pump hand wash or a good old bar of soap after contact with outside surfaces and people will do the trick
  • 1-metre distance from people as much as possible
  • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue
  • Cleaning surfaces, door handles, computer keyboards and phones with an appropriate cleaner to keep things inside your home safe. Not sure which cleaner will kill the virus? A good old bleach solution, 1 part bleach to 10 parts water in a spray bottle with doing the trick, inexpensive and highly effective.
  • Hand sanitizer, if you’ve gone into stores, you’ll see that most of it has been bought up. It’s cheaper and really easy to make your own. The ingredients are all available at your local pharmacy…

1 cup of 91% isopropyl alcohol

½ cup of aloe vera gel (natural or store-bought)

15 drops of tea tree oil (or another antibacterial essential oil)

Pour the alcohol into a medium container with a pouring spout. Measure and pour the aloe vera gel. Alcohol can be hard on your skin, so using aloe is a good way to counteract that effect and keep your hands smooth. If you want to keep things natural, you can use aloe vera gel straight from the plant without worrying about it going bad—the alcohol will act as a preservative. Add the tea tree oil, it’s not necessary but is naturally antibacterial, so it helps in this case. Whisk it well and pour it into a closed bottle for use.

Recipe source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hand-sanitizer-coronavirus-make-your-own/

Disclaimer: This sanitizer is not for consumption and should be stored properly to ensure its effectiveness and your safety. This information is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be substituted for the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional.