When there are changes in the air and weather, we often experience flu, cold and viral illnesses all around us. To avoid those unexpected sneezes and coughs, it is vital to look after ourselves and people we love. This tutorial of DIY face masks and hand sanitiser will give you a brief overview of how you can make them at home and keep your health in check. Continue to read and Do It Yourself (DIY) at home:
Be it our hands touching hundreds of different surfaces in a day or the nose and mouth welcoming the dust particles in public spaces, we never know what will lead to a poor health condition and bad wellbeing, and hereafter, this is where self-care enters the scene. It is always advanced to keep disinfecting your hands every once in a while, especially while travelling through public transport. Nothing can beat the soap and water. Still, we understand it is not always feasible to find them and carrying a hand sanitiser can be another remarkable alternative to kill as much as 99.9 % germs, almost instantly. The face mask too can give great coverage to your face and prohibits the entry of pollutants and particles through the air in your body.
Unless you have a stash of hand sanitisers and masks at home, you are likely to have a hard time finding them every time in need. The brownie points? Well, we have a perfect way to cater to your requirements and will tell you how to make your DIY face masks and alcohol-based hand sanitiser with minimum products.
A mask will not just protect you from airborne infections but can also set an excellent reminder not to touch your face, having said that, buying a protective face mask is always a safer option since it’s tested. If you wish to make the DIY face masks, you will require some skills with needle and thread or ask someone who has the knacks to do it for you.
What You’ll Need:
- You will need two 10- by 6-inch rectangles of tightly woven cotton fabric to make this DIY face masks. (You could use sheets or quilting fabric, or even a T-shirt.)
- Two 6-inch of elastic (or rubber bands, hair ties, string, or cloth strips)
- A sewing machine
- Needle and thread
How to Assemble It:
- Assemble the two rectangles of fabric in front of you.
- Fold the more extended, 10-inch sides just 1/4 inch down and sew them together.
- Fold the shorter, 6-inch sides about 1/2 inch over and sew the edge, leaving a small gap open for the elastic to ring inside.
- Thread the elastic or your rubber tie through the opening you left in step 3. Tie or sew the ends firmly together.
- Dart the knots inside the opening we left. The short sides together and stitch the band or elastic in place.
Your mask is ready! Gather colourful prints and fabric to make these DIY face masks more fun and quirky!
You’re going to need some alcohol to make this one. Well, isopropyl alcohol to be more precise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an ideal hand sanitiser should have at least 60% content of alcohol, since the chemical properties present in alcohol can kill the germs up to 99.9%. Nothing can beat a store hand sanitiser, but if you plan to make one for you and your family, you will need a bottle of 99% isopropyl alcohol to combat these invisible enemies that your regular vodka or whiskey might miss!
The Hand Rub Recipe:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Aloe vera gel
- Essential oil (Optional)
How to make:
Mix 3 parts isopropyl alcohol to 1-part aloe vera gel. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to give it a pleasant scent or any other essential oil of your choice and Voila! It’s ready
This quick tutorial is perfect for trying with family on weekends and passing a habit of self-care among the kids. Where the face mask not just cover your mouth and nose but also helps in protecting yourself from droplets of moisture, sneezing bacteria and germs, it also instigates as a reminder not to touch the face. The hand sanitisers also stand tall in protecting you while keeping your hands safe and germ-free. So, get your creative gloves on and make these amazing DIY face masks and sanitisers!