The influenza virus affects millions of people every year with one strain or another. Depending upon the strain that is being passed around that year there can be more than 200,000 people hospitalized, approximately 49,000 deaths caused by influenza viruses, individuals with more serious conditions are mostly over the age of sixty-five. Creating a batch of homemade hand sanitizer is easy to prepare and use if exposed to another who already has the flu. The virus won’t take hold in your system for at least four days, so during that time it is advisable to take whatever precautions are necessary to try and stay as healthy as possible.
Influenza is contagious and it is hard to avoid for it takes hold of another the day before any actual symptoms appear and remains contagious from five, up to ten days after the illness has taken root. Some individuals are lucky and the virus will vacate their system within three to seven days with some lingering symptoms such as; fatigue, a cough and some muscle aches. Individuals who suffer the most are those that are elderly, have a chronic condition such as asthma, diabetes, a cardiovascular disease, obesity or other immune system ailment. Since the months of January and February are the worst months that circulate various strains of influenza, now is the perfect time to prepare yourself and make a batch of homemade sanitizer so you’re ready ahead of time.
- ¾ cup of rubbing alcohol
- 3/8 cup of pure aloe Vera gel
- 5 drops of cinnamon oil
- 5 drops of sweet orange oil
- Add all the ingredients into the food processor and blend on high speed for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is thinned out and liquid.
- Pour the mixture into a squeeze bottle, pump-top bottle or small spray bottle.
- Use the sanitizer, the same way you would as the store-bought brands.
- Enjoy germ-free hands!
- Remember to carry a small bottle with you at all time to be ready for any situation that comes up while out shopping or around others who have a cold or the flu.
- Homemade hand sanitizer shelf-life will last for six months and should be kept at room temperature.
- When applying hand sanitizer keep the solution and your hands away from your face. The alcohol can irritate the capillaries in the nose and cause a burning sensation in the eyes.
- Be careful to keep hand sanitizer away from children for their safety.
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