The essential ingredient in an effective hand sanitizer for VIRUSES at least 60% ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. Despite the abundance of DIY santitizer recipes online, effective formulations do NOT include soothing aloe vera, anti-viral essential oils, lovely skin moisturizers or other non-essential or non-proven ingredients which can dilute or coagulate in the active ingredient (alcohol), giving inconsistent results.
Alcohol (and soap) work by breaking down the fatty envelope of the virus, thereby disabling it. We use organic ethyl alcohol (drinking alcohol) instead of rubbing or isopropyl alcohols, not only because it’s more effective on a broader range of viruses than other types, but it’s a natural product that’s kinder to your skin.
While there is legitimate scientific evidence that some essential oils in specific concentrations kill a variety of micro-organisms, this does not mean that these are effective on on the corona virus. I think this is the time to be prudent and not make assumptions or extrapolations about the anti-viral effectiveness of essential oils. We’ve added them for their calming properties instead.
Remember that hand sanitizers DO NOT take the place of soap and water and should only be used only when soap and water is not available or after soap and water cleaning! Unfortunately, there is never a guarantee, that even with all your cleaning efforts, you won’t contract a virus, so social distancing in addition to other precautions remains important.
As with all of Sweet Sisters handmade products, our hand spray is our own recipe, never a “base” or a re-packaged product from another source:)