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Hand Sanitiser Recipe For Virus/Bacteria: Germs Disinfection

Once upon a time; there was this virus that was originated from wuhan china. It was born sometime in Nov/Dec 2019 and suddenly; it alerted the whole world about it and people got panic as it is said to be as similar and deathly like SARS! .

Then one day; this virus ‘flew’ to a gorgeous country called Malaysia. People in Malaysia who didn't really know about it before suddenly became conscious too: and they started wearing mask and sanitise themself to avoid getting these virus. 

Its all well; until last week: when all the pharmacy nationwide no longer have mask and hand sanitiser! And the panic starts again! (i know coz i am working in a pharmacy as a pharmacist and daily we get like 100's of people asking for it!)

Thats when Nisha; the owner of a little cosmetic supply store in Malaysia called soaplabmalaysia started making her own hand sanitiser for herself and her family. Since she has all the supplies; she could do the R&D at home!

She read studies after studies on how to make the perfect hand sanitiser that disinfects and is effective to kill the germs and viruses, but at the same time not so drying to hand.

You see unfortunately; this Nisha and her kids have a lifelong problem called ‘eczema’ and so they cant really use regular sanitiser as the regular ones are very drying; causing the eczema to aggravate! 
Now how are they going to use hand sanitiser thats filled with alcohol all the time!

When reading blogs about the natural ways to kill germs; it turns out one will have to use a lot of essential oil (not drops ya, but rub on full pure ones; which is not cost effective) or use witch hazel (that has 18% alcohol naturally in it).

Now if you know Nisha; she doenst believe in blogs or some random articles. Only proper research studies and proper authorities can convince her. 

And so; upon reading research by CDC and some other journals; most says one needs at least 50% and above alcohol to kill the germs and viruses.  Minimum is 50%, and maks is 99%. 

Now just as a side note; why one cant use 100% alcohol? Thats because alcohol evaporates very fast in heat. So there are chances that the moment it touches the skin, it will evaporate; not giving it time to actually kill the germs. therefore; when using lower concentration (like a 70% alcohol); the product will have 70% alcohol, and 30% water. Since there is water, it doesnt evaporate that fast; giving the alcohol some time to kill the germs. 

So anyways, back to Nisha; even though she doesn't like alcohol, she didnt really have a choice but to use it in her hand sanitiser. 

She tested and tried different dilution rate and finally found a perfect balance that sanitises the skin, effectively eliminate all the virus and bacteria; but also moisturises and doesn't flare up the eczema! 


Now since Im Nisha; and im the one who formulated this. i would like to share the recipe to you.

heres the recipe to make 100g of hand sanitiser

  1. 38g SoapLab's Jojoba Lotion Base
  2. 60g SoapLab's Rubbing Alcohol
  3. 2g of Tea tree oil or Eucalyptus Oil or Rosemary Oil
  4. Fragrance oil of choice (optional)
Now why am i using the jojoba lotion base? One of the reason is because its very moisturising and is tested to help prevent eczema flares. besides its loaded with anti inflammatory jojoba oil, and allantoin ( 100X more potent than aloe vera extract). Because of that we are using this lotion base.

As for the rubbing alcohol that we are using has 99% concentration. If you were to use supplies from elsewhere, please make sure the rubbing alcohol is 99%. if its 70% etc, make sure that you reformulate this recipe to have 50% concentration of alcohol. because anything else would be less effective;-)

Now this recipe will create a product that is a bit watery/ runny. so its the best if you could use packaging that is 'sprayable' instead of pouring/pump

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Thank you and Good luck;



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  7. Boyce, J. M., S. Kelliher, and N. Vallande. 2000. Skin irritation and dryness associated with two hand-hygiene regimens: soap-and-water hand washing versus hand antisepsis with an alcoholic hand gel. Infect. Control Hosp. Epidemiol. 21:442–448.

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