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In college and no hand sanitizer? Try making your own.

You're off to school and guess what? Hand sanitizer is still running low. With so many people wanting to get their hands on some, this could be a problem for many months to come (well, not if you get the Freshman Fun Box ™️ or The HBCU Box ®️). Another issue to consider - the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keeps adding hand sanitizers to the unsafe list. What can you do?

How will you know if you have an off-brand that won’t hurt you? One of the best ways to figt this issue - make your own. Although hand washing is always the first line of defense, when you need a backup, hand sanitizer is the way to go.

You'll need is three ingredients

To make your own hand sanitizer, you’ll need:

· 2 parts Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (91 -99 percent alcohol)

· 1 part Aloe vera gel

· A few drops of an essential oil like lavender, tea tree oil, peppermint or use lemon juice

· Clean spoon

· Whisk

Be very careful and don't skimp or skip any steps. Make sure the area is clean and sanitized. Wash your hands and the utensils before using. Also, make sure the alcohol is not diluted. Mix the ingredients until thoroughly blended, and avoid touching the solution with your hands until it’s ready for use.

Next question - do you know how to use hand sanitizer properly? Here are a few tips:

· Rub into your skin until the hands are dry

· If your hands are dirty or greasy, wash with soap and water or a cleaning wipe first to remove the grit and grime.

· Spray or apply into your palm of one hand.

· Rub your hands together, making sure the entire surface of your hands and fingers are covered.

· Rub for 30 to 60 seconds until dry. It can take hand sanitizer up to 60 seconds to kill germs.

Always opt to use soap and water first - even with hand sanitizer handy. Hand washing is the most effective way to kill viruses and germs.

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