Homemade sanitizer spray for COVID-19: Vancouver’s Soap Dispensary & Kitchen Staples shows how

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      Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, hand sanitizers have become a prized item.

      Like toilet paper and sanitary wipes, this commodity has been flying off grocery shelves.

      For people thinking of making their own hand sanitizer spray, it takes only two ingredients.

      One is 99 percent strength rubbing alcohol, and aloe vera liquid, says Linh Truong, owner of an eco-friendly Vancouver refill store.

      Truong’s Soap Dispensary & Kitchen Staples is located at 3718 Main Street.

      Preparing the spray is simple, Truong said in a phone interview with the Georgia Straight.

      • Fill two-thirds of a container with alcohol, and a third with aloe vera liquid.
      • Mix.
      • Pour into a sprayer.
      • Use.

      “You can use it on your hands and everything,” Truong said.

      The solution can be sprayed on door knobs, phones, and other things that need to be sanitized.

      Because of the high demand for alcohol, Truong related that her store has run out of supply, but a delivery is expected next week.

      Soap Dispensary & Kitchen Staples is a store dedicated to reducing packaging and single-use items.

      Its customers are encouraged to come in to the bulk store with their own containers when they shop for soaps, food ingredients, and other household items.

      With the COVID-19 pandemic, Truong said that Soap Dispensary & Kitchen Staples will not be accepting people’s containers.

      “They will have to buy containers from our store or rent a container from our store,” Truong said.

      Soap Dispensary & Kitchen Staples is closed today (March 18) and Thursday (March 19) for deep cleaning and sanitizing.