Finding hand sanitizer at this time of COVID-19 has been impossible. The CDC advises against making it at home. Besides, they say that washing with soap and water is better. This does make sense to me because the virusís enclosure is made of a lipid which is dissolved by soap and water. Without the lipid, the contents spill harmlessly out.
I understand that I must wet my hands, add some soap, and scrub for 20 seconds. This physical action plus the chemical reaction between soap, water, and lipid, is effective at destroying any virus on my hands. Rinsing then flushes away the soap and virus bits.
I figure that the important part is to destroy the virus. Rinsing, although desirable, is not essential to my health.
What if I carried a small squeeze bottle filled with a mixture of soap and water? The ratio of soap to water would be such that it foams for 20 seconds the same way as wetting my hands and applying soap. When done, rinse if a source of clean water is available. But if not, wouldnít my hands still be virus free?
I sure would like to hear from a healthcare professional.