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Here are four DIY alternatives to store-bought products:

A) Hand sanitizers

The key to making an effective, germ-busting hand sanitizer is to stick to a 2:1 ratio of alcohol to aloe vera gel. This keeps the alcohol content around 60 percent, which is the minimum for killing germs.

  • Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent alcohol volume)
  • Aloe vera gel (do not use sunburn relief—it makes it sticky)
  • Antimicrobial essential oils, such as Tea Tree or Eucalyptus (10-15 drops per preference)
  • Re-purposed container

B) Disinfectant Wipes

At-Home Use:

Re-purpose old T-shirts or rags for this. Cut them up into smaller pieces, and throw them in the wash after use.

  • 1 cup of Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (at least 70 percent concentration)
  • 2 cups of distilled water (bottled water or make your own)
  • 2-3 tbsp of Dawn cleaner
  • Antimicrobial essential oils (10-15 drops per preference)
  • Jar for storage

3) On the Go

Turn a roll of paper towels into a cheaper, just-as-effective version of wet cleaning wipes. You’ll have to experiment with this—depending on how you like your wipes: wetter or dryer. (Note: cheaper paper towels tend to disintegrate the more wet they get. Use the recipe above, minus Dawn.)

  • Roll of paper towels (cut in half, may or may not remove cardboard center)
  • Re-purposed container (I suggest using an old one for this—it’s easy access through the top for on-the-go)
  • Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol
  • Antimicrobial essential oils (10-15 drops per preference)
  • Water

4) All-Purpose Cleaner

If you prefer a bleach solution, buy bleach and dilute it in water. But this is a healthier alternative. Vinegar hinders the growth of microorganisms. It is considered a mild antiseptic but should not be regarded as a broad-spectrum disinfectant. Let the spray sit for 60 seconds before rinsing.

  • Spray bottle
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • Antimicrobial essential oils (10-15 drops per preference)
  • Screen Cleaner

This mixture gives you a simple cleaner for your monitor, smartphone, and other gadgets

  • 1 cup of Isopropyl or rubbing Alcohol
  • 1 cup of distilled or bottle water
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • Spray bottle

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