With the latest reports surrounding the coronavirus outbreak creating anxiety among shoppers, many stores are experiencing shortages of hand sanitizer and other essentials. As panic is gripping the nation, some people are attempting to make their own hand sanitizers by following methods posted online. But it might be wise to think twice about joining them. Experts are nervous and even cautioning against the idea.

The World Health Organization has listed a recipe for making homemade sanitizer on their website, but this is really intended for developing nations who may not have access to clean water. If made correctly, DIY solution could be effective. But if made incorrectly, it can be downright harmful.

According to the CDC, hand sanitizer must be made of 60% alcohol to be effective. But alcohol can be tough on skin. Store-bought hand sanitizers will also often have emollients to counter the harshness of the alcohol. If you don’t include that in your homemade recipe, you could risk making your hands raw.

That doesn’t mean Tito’s vodka is the solution

Tito’s Handmade Vodka tweeted yesterday that you shouldn’t include them in your concoction. “Per the CDC, hand sanitizer needs to contain at least 60% alcohol. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is 40% alcohol, and therefore does not meet the current recommendation of the CDC.”

Hand sanitizer vs. hand soap

The best advice to keep your hands clean is to wash your hands rather than use hand sanitizer. Wash thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing, and regularly clean surfaces. Good old fashioned soap is truly the best method. Save the vodka in case you have to quarantine.

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