In this post, you will see 8 DIY homemade hand sanitizer recipes and 8 crochet cozy patterns for tissues, wipes and more.
With the news that a terrible virus is indeed spreading fast throughout the world, there are basic protective measures you can take against it.
Lots of advice is coming from the WHO (World Health Organisation) as well as trusted health care providers.
Advice From The WHO
Like many, you may be feeling some anxiety around all of this and what it means for you and your family.
While the virus is known as COVID-19 is going around there is lots of advice for the public on the WHO website which includes the following:
1. Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
2. Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.
If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses.
Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.
From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
4. Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene.
This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
Advice From The NHS
The NHS website (The National Health Service in the UK) has lots of helpful information on their website about how to protect yourself from the virus.
- Washing your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds.
- Always washing your hands when you get home or into work.
- Use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- DO NOT touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Make your own handwashing poster with your own choice of lyrics here – Wash Your Lyrics
What Else Can You Do?
Read information from trusted sources, so you are well informed about how to stay safe.
Then you can stock up on tissues, hand wash, hand sanitizing gels and anything else you may need.
For those smaller portable items, you can personalise them with your crochet skills!
In the roundup of crochet patterns below, you will see many pretty coverings for wipes, tissues and more.
If you are still travelling to and from work, they can keep your items to hand in your bag, when you are on the go.
Does Hand Sanitizer Work Against Viruses?
The CDC (Centers For Disease Contol and Prevention) recommends frequent hand-washing with soap and water as a preventive measure.
They say to use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you can’t get to soap and water.
Some of you may already be used to using hand sanitizers on the go, as it is a good way to kill harmful bacteria.
They are relatively cheap, portable and convenient.
Homemade Hand Sanitizer
As the current virus has now become widespread, so has the mass buying of face masks, hand sanitizers and other items.
If you find it difficult to get one of these germ-killing gels, then why not make your own homemade version.
There are many DIY hand sanitizer recipes online that you can take a look at and make with a few simple ingredients, including alcohol.
*Please note – the hand sanitizer recipes listed are not made by medical professionals.