As South Africans settle into the next 21 days of lockdown, they’ve been advised to stay in their homes and practise good hygiene.
Lehlohonolo Maimela is a Cape Town-based cosmetic chemist who works for a personal-care manufacturing company that’s received a huge demand for hand sanitizer of late due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I’ve been working on improving our standard sanitiser and in the midst of all this I made one for myself,” Lehlohonolo told YOU.
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According to the 27-year-old, handmade hand sanitiser is totally different from manufactured varieties.
“The difference is that at a manufacturing company they use ethanol which is alcohol usually at 70% or above, whereas making your own [will result in something that] isn’t as strong in terms of alcohol percentage but is good enough to utilise at home and for your family.”
Lehlohonolo said it’s quite easy to create your own sanitiser using household ingredients such as 300ml water, 300ml vinegar, 300ml lemon juice, 30ml liquid soap, 20ml antiseptic liquid (must contain at least 60% alcohol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and a spray bottle for use.
“These values can be adjusted according to the total amount of volume you want but would in total create a 950ml batch.”
Make sure to clean your tools before mixing the ingredients together in order to avoid contaminating your batch with bacteria.
The young woman also emphasised the importance of moisturising your hands after sanitising. “The more alcohol you have on your skin the drier it becomes. Moisturise after you sanitise and you’ll be good to go.”
Lehlohonolo advised that this homemade santiser should never be used solely and for prolonged periods of time simply because of it's low alcohol dosage and in the event that you do run out of santiser, "use a bar of soap and water instead, it still gets the job done."
Apart from using sanitizer, the WHO recommends that you wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds as many times a day, to protect yourself from getting the virus. Also refrain from touching your face