Sanitisation and Personal Hygiene

Getting creative can be technical.

Especially if you are considering making homemade personal care products.

Your products’ shelf life and preventing cross-contamination are very important.

This is manageable with personal hygiene practices.

Personal Hygiene Practices

You need to ensure that your work area is completely tidy and ensure your personal hygiene is of a high standard.

Everything must be sanitised thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol or methylated spirits, including all surfaces.

Hopefully, you will have thought about the types of bottles you will use for your creations; we advise spraying the interior of your bottles with alcohol, ensuring you cover the inside.

Alternatively, you can soak the bottles in alcohol and remove them after a couple of minutes; the same can be done for the bottle tops in a separate container.

Once you have washed the bottles and lids, thoroughly drain away any excess, then set the bottle upside down on the drainer, giving the alcohol time to evaporate fully.

Personal hygiene practices also include the tools you use, so be sure to sanitise them; wash them in hot soapy water and thoroughly rinse and allow them to dry and spray them with alcohol.

It’s a good idea to sterilise your bottles and equipment the night before; you need to ensure they are sealed away tightly in a clean plastic bag, and that your tools can be wrapped in cling film.

Sanitising Equipment

  • spray bottle
  • 2 x containers for sanitising bottles and caps
  • stainless steel dish drainer
  • bottle tree
  • alcohol – at least 70%
  • rubber gloves (optional)
  • sanitize all worktops, drainer, bottles
  • clean lab coat
  • hairnet
  • goggles – optional, for preservatives and fragrance

Now that you have got your personal hygiene practices in place, you can start creating with confidence.

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