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By Monica Araneta Tiosejo

The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has triggered the panic buying of supplies like face masks, rubbing alcohol, and other sanitizers. It’s been reported that aside from respiratory droplets, another common way of getting infected is through touching things, because the virus can live on your hands for up to 10 minutes. The World Health Organization has advised the public that a basic measure against the 2019-nCoV is to wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water to kill the virus. Hands touch many surfaces, which can be contaminated, hence, transfer the virus to yourself. If you don’t have access to soap and water, and if rubbing alcohol is out of stock, don’t worry. You can make your own disinfectant using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Not only is this recipe effective, it’s environmentally friendly, too. All you need are:

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vodka (You can also use gin if it’s cheaper. Vodka and gin are substitutes for rubbing alcohol. Try to get as close to 70 percent alcohol strength as you can.) 
  • 15 drops of essential oil (peppermint/lavender and lemon are great combinations. Tea tree oil is good, too, because it has some anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties.)

Mix ingredients together in a spray bottle and shake. Store with lid on for one week. Use when in need of quick sanitizing.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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