JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — With news of the coronavirus, commercially-produced hand sanitizer is reportedly becoming hard to find at stores.

First Coast News found this recipe online that meets the requirements outlined by the World Health Organization for a secondary option if soap and water are not available. 

The CDC says if soap and water are not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Many studies have found that sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60–95% are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers


  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • 2/3 cup isopropyl alcohol (at least 60 percent suggested by the CDC to help kill germs)
  • Mix and apply to hands. 

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