The Scary Truth About Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Zenovia, weighs in on the conversation of homemade hand sanitizer and the potential dangers. COVID 19 has resulted in a high demand of hand sanitizer- one that stores have been unable to match. Because of the shortage, homemade hand sanitizer has become the only option for many. However, the safety of DIY mixtures remains in question. She advises caution when making at-home solutions as the final product must be 60% alcohol after all ingredients are mixed. Further, homemade mixtures with inaccurate ratios can lead to skin dryness and sensitivity- which leaves skin more susceptible to infection. Dr. Zenovia concludes that washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is the most effective and safest option.