Making Your Own Hand Sanitizer

I have been asked by many friends how to make the hand sanitizer that Stella uses – and since it is that time of year, again – I figured why not re-post.  We have been using this hand sanitizer recipe for a year now and love it – it works great, does not dry your skin and frankly is free of all the chemicals that are used in the store bought brands.

This was first posted on January 6, 2012.

It seems like everywhere I look there is hand sanitizer – every doctor’s office, entering the grocery store, health food store and on the counter of most retail locations I go to.  I, myself am opposed to hand sanitizer and prefer to wash my hands more often during the cold and flu season, and that is what is most recommended, but I guess for some hand sanitizers come in handy.  As part of Stella’s school supply list – hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes are a part of the list and each year I cringe as I put them into my shopping basket.  Stella has been asking me to buy hand sanitizer for her, since of course all her friends carry some in their backpacks.  I can not bring myself to buy it for her – so I told her that we would figure out a way to make our own.  After some research and consultation with Stella, we came up with a recipe.  Some of the recipes that I found said to use water and aloe vera or water and essential oil – but Stella wanted something as close to what her friends have as possible.

Homemade Hand Sanitizer


2/3 cup rubbing alcohol
1/3 – 1/2 cup aloe vera
10 – 20 drops essential oil (we used a combination of orange and grapefruit)
Squeeze or pump containers (I found some travel containers, but Stella recycled a pump container from the recycling bin)

You could use tea tree, rosemary or lavender which all have antibacterial qualities.

1. Measure 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol

2. Add 1/3 – 1/2 cup aloe vera – we went on the more side since Stella wanted it goopier. Mix well.

3. Add the essential oil – mix well.

4. Pour into containers.

Note: you will not need as much of this as you would commercial brands.

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3 Responses to Making Your Own Hand Sanitizer

  1. Candace Coffin says:

    This is very good, as the store sanitizers are lethal!! You need to promote this as a “safe” sanitizer to raise awareness to folks about the downside of all this store bought ones. Thanks for your work!!

  2. Candace Coffin says:

    Think my comment from Jan/2012 says it all. : )

  3. Jo says:

    Great idea and easy recipe.

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