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If you’ve been out shopping recently, you may have noticed empty stores shelves. It appears the Coronavirus is making it hard for retailers to keep things like hand sanitizer and toilet paper on the shelves.
We noticed this about two weeks ago while at Target grabbing some shampoo for our youngest daughter. We were casually walking through the household cleaners aisle on our way to the beauty department when we saw rows of empty shelves.
I turned to her and mentioned that we needed toilet paper at home but would just grab some next time. We had no idea it would be missing from stores shelves for several more weeks.
In fact, Colby does Shipt Grocery Delivery for extra money nowadays. It’s a great way for us to pull in extra funds when needed. (Which has definitely picked up with people staying at home more now).
Over the past two weeks, most of his customers are requesting hand sanitizer, Clorox and Lysol products, and toilet paper.
9 times out of 10, he has to let them know the store is out. One morning he took a shop that had him at the stores when it opened. I had to remind him to look for toilet paper as soon as they opened to try to grab us some.
Fortunately, he found the shelves fully stocked and we now have toilet paper!
But, hand sanitizer has not been as easy to find. He decided to casually ask a CVS employee while picking up a delivery there and they were, of course, out.
The employee did offer him a solution though;
make your own hand sanitizer.
Keep in mind a few suggestions from the CDC though:
- The key is to get the right ratio of ingredients; 2:1
- Your hand sanitizer needs to contains at least 60% alcohol
- Hand washing is still the best deterrent
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- If you are NOT sick, do not wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
- Look for these EPA recommended products which are effective in killing the virus
- Use social distancing practices if COVID-19 is spreading in your community
Again, if you still want/need to make your own hand sanitizer to use while venturing out of your home, you’ll need two ingredients:
Make sure you have the appropriate measuring tools and a safe container to keep the mixture in.
Also, be sure to use clean tools while mixing so as not to contaminate your final product.
Measure twice and stay aware of the 2:1 ratio. 2 alcohol; 1 aloe vera.
The alcohol is the germ killing agent.
The aloe vera is to protect your skin from the effects of the alcohol on your skin.
Some homemade hand sanitizer recipes call for adding an essential oil (which the employee also mentioned), but the World Health Organization recommends not including any dyes, essential oils or other fragrances because they could cause an allergic response.
Wash your hands.
The CDC and WHO both agree it’s best thing you can do right now to protect yourself from getting sick, either from COVID-19, flu or anything else. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, many times per day.
Sing “Happy Birthday” twice while washing (or another song of equal length).
Be smart. Use common sense. Stay well.
- Using clean mixing tools, combine both ingredients and mix well.
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