How dangerous is it to use homemade hand gel?

Today on the Dispotech blog we will deal with a very serious topic: what are the dangers of do-it-yourself hand sanitizing gel, which is widely used today?

Written Friday, by Emanuele Mortarotti

Today on the Dispotech blog we will deal with a very serious topic: what are the dangers of do-it-yourself hand sanitizing gel, which is widely used today? Using homemade preparations is an unsuitable practice which involves risks: let’s explore them, with the support of an article published on the cbc.ca website.

There is a worrying escalation of online "recipes" for making hand sanitizers for oneself which, during the Coronavirus pandemic, became indispensable for disinfecting hands and preventing infection with COVID-19. The risk is that homemade preparations are highly dangerous and might lead to toxic reactions on people's hands, maintains Dr. Alyson Kelvin, assistant professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax and a member of the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology.

The increased demand has made the product unavailable: while the manufacturing companies adapt to the great demand, many users surf the internet in search of do-it-yourself "recipes". This is a very dangerous decision: the information found on the web, in fact, is nothing short of deceptive and incorrect. The article’s source cites, for example, two videos on YouTube that have received millions of views but suggest inappropriate preparations that do not neutralize the virus.

 

The WHO, for its part, published guidelines on its website for making effective hand sanitizers. Their composition must consist of elements such as ethanol (with a 96% concentration) or isopropyl alcohol (with a concentration of 99.8%). Although scientists say the best way to get rid of the virus is to wash your hands properly and repeatedly with soap and water, an effective hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol.

 

"Recipes" found casually out there are not effective; moreover, those that require the use of alcohol can create skin problems and be toxic -  Dr. Kelvin stated.

In a nutshell, it is better to wash your hands - or buy sanitizing gels made by companies responsible for doing so safely.

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