PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Fears over coronavirus are causing a bit of a run on some cleaning products like hand sanitizers and wipes. CVS and Walgreens on Friday said some stores were seeing shortages hand sanitizers and face masks.

The good news is you don’t have to buy hand sanitizers. You can make it yourself for a fraction of the cost. Same with cleaning wipes. It’s super simple and the ingredients are readily available at any drug or grocery store. Queen of Clean Linda Cobb has a tried-and-true recipe.


  • Rubbing alcohol (91%)
  • Aloe vera gel (It’s usually near the sunscreens.)
  • Essential oil (optional)
  • A bottle (A soap or lotion pump dispenser works nicely. You can use a TSA-compliant bottle for when you’re out and about.)

Mix 3 parts rubbing alcohol with 1 part aloe vera gel. So, for 1 cup of hand san sanitizer, you’ll mix 3/4 cup of the alcohol with 1/4 cup of the gel.

The rubbing alcohol sanitizes your hands while the aloe vera moisturizes them. Some people prefer using witch hazel.

For the essential oil, tea tree is fantastic. It’s a great antiseptic and antibacterial. The downside it that the smell is not for everyone. Lavender goes nicely with it and it’s calming. Citrus, particularly lemon essential oil, are good ones to offset the tea tree’s aroma. Cinnamon is another great antiseptic and it’s a good little wake-me-up. You’ll want about 10-12 drops or so each.

Mix everything together well -- either stir by hand on blend on high for 90 seconds -- pour into your bottles and you’re good to go. Make sure you label your containers!

Health experts say the best defense against coronavirus is to wash your hands often. Sounds easy enough, right? But you’d be surprised how many people wash their hands incorrectly.

(CNN) -- When it comes to novel coronavirus protection, face masks are futile. There isn't a vaccine yet. So the best way to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus is washing your hands -- thoroughly -- with soap and water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Finally, you want to disinfect surfaces of your home, places that get touched often -- toilet handles, faucets, doorknobs, stair handrails, the handles on the fridge and microwave. If you do not have any sanitizing wipes, you can use plain rubbing alcohol.

Cobb says it’s important to understand the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing. Cleaning simply removes dirt and debris. It removes germs but doesn’t kill them. Disinfecting kills germs, but it does not necessarily cleaning. “Sanitizing lowers the number of germs to a safe level,” Cobb explains on her website. “This is more frequently done in public spaces.”

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“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen — and how many people in this country will have severe illness,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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