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Hand sanitiser can kill the worst bacteria when you are not able to wash your hands.

Disinfectants and coronavirus

Right now, many people are asking questions about disinfectants due to the coronavirus. Here, you can find the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

It may be allowed to mix your own disinfectant; it depends on which recipe you use. It is permitted to use pure ethanol as an active substance in your own mixture. If you would like to use other active substances, you should contact the Swedish Chemicals Agency to ask whether the use of the substances is permitted. Keep in mind that regular, commercial hand sanitiser is intended for use on the skin, and any company that sells the product has a responsibility to ensure that it is safe to use.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency generally recommends that you use products for their intended purpose. If you mix your own products, there is no company that can take responsibility for any problems that may arise in connection with the use of the mixture. Nor can we say anything about the effectiveness of your own mixture against the coronavirus.

The Public health Agency of Sweden recommends that you wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitiser can be used as an alternative when it is not possible to wash your hands.

We do not recommend that you make your own hand sanitiser, but we understand that people may want to make their own in these special circumstances. If you mix your own products, there is no company that can take responsibility for any problems that may arise in connection with the use of the mixture. Nor can we say anything about the effectiveness against the coronavirus.

Our general recommendation is to follow the Swedish Public Health Agency’s advice to wash your hands frequently with soap and water whenever possible and to use hand sanitiser as an alternative when you are not able to wash your hands.

We do not know which substances are specifically effective against coronavirus. We refer you to the Swedish Public Health Agency’s advice on this question: “If soap and water are not available, you can use hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty”.

Read more on the Swedish Public Health Agency’s websiteexternal link

Last published 14 September 2020