This DIY hand sanitizer recipe is easy to make, and it’s ingredients include everyday household products. I’ve added my favorite germ-fighting essential oil to this recipe to make it extra potent!
If you’ve tried to stock up on hand sanitizer, you may have found the shelves in your local stores empty. Don’t worry; it’s effortless to make homemade hand sanitizer, and you probably have the ingredients in your medicine cabinet to make it!
Before I go into this recipe, I want to be clear about how to use this DIY hand sanitizer. It is to be used as an extra precaution when hand washing isn’t available. Washing your hands with soap and water is the best option to keep germs at bay.
DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe
You will need rubbing alcohol (90+%), aloe vera gel, and essential oils. These empty reusable bottles are great for homemade hand sanitizer and other homemade products like toothpaste and hair gel.
In a small bowl or a container, mix 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel with 3/4 cup of rubbing alcohol. Mix well.
Then add 10+ drops of thieves essential oil.
If you’re not familiar with this oil blend, then I recommend you google it! This essential oil is a unique blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils, including clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Its name comes from the story of four thieves who used these herbs to protect themselves while robbing people dying of the plague.
It’s important to use a 2:1 ratio of the proportion of alcohol to aloe vera gel, this is the minimum amount needed to kill most germs, according to the CDC.
Because alcohol can be very drying to the skin, I recommend using a good lotion to help keep your hands soft. I use my whipped coconut oil moisturizer after washing my hands and using hand sanitizer.
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DIY Hand Sanitizer
- 3/4 cup rubbing alcohol (99%)
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- 10+ drops essential oils like thieves blend
- Mix the rubbing alcohol, aloe vera gel, and essential oils together in a small container.
- Pour mixture into a container or empty bottle