Friday 3 July, 2020

Mild to Strongest: Fight the coronavirus with homemade sanitizer

Your best bet is washing, but sanitizing comes close. (Photos: iStock)

Your best bet is washing, but sanitizing comes close. (Photos: iStock)

The coronavirus is here, the Ministry of Health and Wellness today confirmed, Jamaica’s first imported case of Covid-19.

And the conversation shift is palpable as persons have either rushed to get the last few bottles of hand sanitizer or are ensuring they wash their hands every chance they get.

With panic-buying in full swing, it has been difficult to get our hands on this now precious commodity.

But since getting hand sanitizer is high priority on many of our to-do lists, Loop Lifestyle is sharing a few home-made staples that are surefire products to keep you safe.

Wearing gloves may be an extreme, but think of the germs you could avoid if you slip in and out of them before and after starting your day.

It’s important to remember to reduce the skin-to-skin contact as much as possible. And, before you go crazy making hand sanitizers, it is also noteworthy that washing your hands is far more effective than using sanitizer.

If you must, however, sanitizers are alternatives to washing your hands and therefore work best when there’s less dirt on your hands.

Plus, with the toxic fragrance and antibiotic resistance found in many store-bought sanitizers, your best bet is a DIY version. Thanks to, you now have a few recipes to help you whip up some Corona-killing sanitiser...

Gentle Hand Sanitizer Recipe (Safe for Kids)

This non-drying herbal hand sanitizer gel nourishes with Aloe Vera. It’s also so simple that your children can help you make it.

Prep Time: 1 minute

Author: Katie Wells


¼ cup Aloe Vera gel

20 drops germ destroyer essential oil


Mix all ingredients and store in a reusable silicone tube.

Use as needed to naturally remove germs from hands.

Stronger Hand Sanitizer Recipe


1 TBSP rubbing alcohol

1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)

1/4 cup aloe vera gel

10 drops cinnamon essential oil

10 drops tea tree essential oil (or 20 drops Germ Destroyer oil or Germ Fighter Essential Oil in place of these two)

Distilled water (colloidal silver/ionic silver adds antibacterial power if available)

Essential oils of your choice (just for scent)


To make, mix Aloe Vera gel, optional glycerin, and rubbing alcohol in a small bowl.

Add cinnamon essential oil and tea tree oil along with a drop or two of any other oils you want to add for scent. Lemongrass, orange, lavender, and peppermint are good choices.

Mix well and add distilled water (or colloidal/ionic silver) to thin to desired consistency.

Use a small funnel or medicine dropper to transfer hand sanitizer into spray or pump type bottles. This can also be stored in small silicone tubes for use on the go.

Use as you would any other type of hand sanitizer.

Strongest Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe (5 Minute Recipe)


2/3 cup rubbing alcohol (70% or higher)

2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera

20 drops Germ Destroyer Essential Oil


Mix all ingredients and combine in a spray bottle (these are the perfect size) or small bottle of any kind. Use as needed.

A statement from the ministry confirms a Jamaican female, who travelled from the UK, is the carrier and first victim.

The foremost question on many minds is “did she take the necessary precautions to prepare for the disease?” and, if she did “what caused her to end up contracting the disease even after preparing for it?”

In addition, the imposed travel restriction remain in place and three countries have been added to the list of five countries currently infected. These are China, Italy, South Korea, Singapore, Iran, France, and Germany.

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