You may not be lucky enough to find a hand sanitiser at the first pharmacy that comes in front of you. Like many people, you’ve turned to the internet to look for a solution. Guess what! A lot of “recipes” appear on how to make homemade hand sanitiser. But, domestic hand disinfectants could be hazardous to health; they can cause skin problems. Also, homemade antiseptic might not protect against the Covid19 and even enhance its action.
In short, the alcohol gel must be manufactured, industrialised and approved that because the alcohol gel must have the right ratio of ingredients. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using a sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. “Many studies have found that sanitisers with an alcohol concentration between 60–95% are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based hand sanitisers 16,20. Hand sanitisers without 60-95% alcohol 1) may not work equally well for many types of germs, and 2) merely reduce the growth of germs rather than kill them outright.”
How to Sanitiser Your Hands
According to the University of Manitoba’s and WHO, the best way to stop the virus is by washing your hand with soap and water.
“Soap and water is a better way to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus than any homemade hand sanitiser”. So says Jason Kindrachuk of the University of Manitoba’s department of microbiology and infectious diseases.
Despite the recommendation to wash your hands, you should be careful to use alkaline soap that can remove the natural skin lipid and cause dryness. Instead, choose articles with neutral pH, as they’re less aggressive.
Dr Samer Blackmon, an internal medicine specialist at Piedmont Healthcare, reaffirms the importance of keep hands healthier: “By constantly using hand sanitiser, you eliminate the bacteria that helps build up your immune system, allowing antibiotic-resistant bugs to enter your system and make you very sick.”
How to Sanitiser Your Hands
I’m a kind of person who dreamed living in the third millennium like The Jetsons, with their flying cars, robot cleaners, and electronic dogs; in lieu, I find myself to teach how to wash our hands to save our lives in the time of the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are the NHS instructions on how to properly wash your hands.
“You should wash your hands for the amount of the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice (around 20 seconds):
- Wet your hands with water.
- Apply enough soap to cover your hands.
- Rub your hands together.
- Use 1 hand to rub the back of the other hand and clean in between the fingers. Do the same with the other hand.
- Rub your hands together and clean in between your fingers.
- Rub the back of your fingers against your palms.
- Rub your thumb using your other hand. Do the same with the other thumb.
- Rub the tips of your fingers on the palm of your other hand. Do the same with the other hand.
- Rinse your hands with water.
- Dry your hands completely with a disposable towel.
- Use the disposable towel to turn off the tap.”
When Must You Use Alcohol Gel?
- Outside your house.
- Before touching the objects, you pass to.
- When using the computer.
- If you have something to pass to anyone.
- After touching these objects, you also use alcohol gel.
After applying alcohol gel correctly, allow your hands to dry for at least one minute before touching anything again.
Easy Way to Keep Your Hands Healthy
The best thing we can do to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to wash our hands frequently and avoid touching our nose, mouth and eyes, among other measures.
But how to take care of your hands after frequent washing? How can you prevent them from drying out? Let’s see it!
Nourish is an effective way to treat your hands. Always use quality hand cream. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive on the market, but it must contain as much a natural ingredient as possible.
In the case of people with dermatitis, the outbreaks on the hands won’t take long to come out; as they continuously wash their hand with soap and water.
What can we do to take care of our hands as much as possible?
- Use a special soap for this skin condition.
- Make sure that the water is neither too hot nor too cold.
- Seek the advice of your doctor.
The best way to protect your hands
- Dry the skin thoroughly, without applying too much pressure to avoid hurting yourself.
- Avoid rubbing your hands on synthetic clothing, that is, use gloves only when necessary.
- Wear gloves; it’s a bad idea exposing your hands to detergents, bleach.
- Apply a rich moisturiser.
- Keep your nails short; it’s easier to sanitise.
- Stop biting your nails! Now it’s mandatory.
- Make bedtime mascara at least once a week.
The skin needs time to adapt to the constant use of disinfectants. Due to the high frequency of washing, and the use of sanitary products, the protective barrier of the skin can suffer chronic damage such as eczema and dermatitis. Initially, the skin turns red, subsequently flaking and cracked.
Even so, don’t forget to take care of your hands to avoid severe allergies or cracks and promote the penetration of viruses and bacteria. We must wash our hands with soap according to the indications, in the case where water and soap aren’t available, using alcohol gel.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Show Me the Science – When & How to Use Hand Sanitizer in Community Settings” available at https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html (ascended 15/03/2020).
Photo : Photo by Ketut Subiyanto, https://www.canva.com/photos/MAD7fSNzcWI-person-washing-hands/