With supermarkets and chemists selling out of hand sanitisers and alcohol wipes, Australians are being encouraged to make their own high-grade disinfectants.

Experts suggest that those making their own disinfectants ensure the final concentration of alcohol/ethanol used in the mixture ends up at greater than 60 percent as lower strengths won’t be as effective in killing the virus.

DIY Hand Sanitiser Recipe:

(10-litre mixture)

  • 1/3 cup of 96% ethanol
  • 1/4 tsp of 98% glycerin
  • 1 tsp of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/2 tbsp distilled water– This gives a final concentration of around 80% ethanol

The ethanol/alcohol will kill the protein that surrounds the virus, stopping it before it can infect you. The glycerol moisturises your hands because alcohol can dry out your skin, while the hydrogen peroxide kills any remaining bacteria that might have grown while you made the recipe.