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DIY Hand Sanitizer

DIY essential oil hand sanitizer

If you live in the Northern United States, it’s likely that your tree, flower, and grass pollens are just beginning to ramp up. That means itchy eyes, a nose that doesn’t want to inhale oxygen anymore, and that constant throat tickle that just won’t seem to give up — no matter how fervently you try to hack it up! Young and old alike, if you suffer from these seasonal pollen threats, you understand the discomfort. Last month we addressed allergies and essential oils more in depth here, so give that a read if you need a little relief.

But now we’re going to address another important body part associated with seasonal threats: Your hands! The hands that itch, that hold the tissues, that touch your sensitive, uncomfortable face and throat. They need to stay clean, otherwise your condition will just get worse. No one wants to deal with being sick and having a bad case of mid-Spring sniffles at the same time.  

The quick fix is often hand sanitizer, especially if hand soap and water isn’t available when you need it. Instead of going to the store to buy a sanitizer, which is often primarily made up of ethyl alcohol, try this quick and all-natural alternative!

DIY essential oil hand sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Pour Aloe Vera Jelly into a flip top bottle.
  2. Add 18 drops Germ Fighter OR KidSafe Germ Destroyer
  3. Shake well to mix oils.
  4. Use a dime size squirt of the gel as needed on your hands and rub in.

This is such an easy way to make your own hand sanitizer, without all of the drying properties of alcohol. And, because this recipe calls for our Aloe Vera Jelly, there isn’t even a need to add a preservative. It doesn’t get much easier than this!

46 thoughts on “DIY Hand Sanitizer”

    1. Anti-microbial suggestions: everlasting, lemon, lemongrass, myrrh, pine, rock rose, tea tree.
      Anti-bacterial suggestions: eucalyptus, manuka, sage, geranium bourbon.
      Anti-viral suggestions: bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, lime, sweet marjoram, melissa, pine, rose.
      Antiseptic suggestions: angelica root, aniseed/star anise, basil, laurel bay, W.I. bay, bergamot, black pepper, cajeput, cardamom, Atlas cedarwood, Virginian cedarwood, Roman chamomile, cinnamon, citronella, clove bud, cypress, eucalyptus, eucalyptus broadleaf peppermint, eucalyptus lemon-scented, everlasting, sweet fennel, fir, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, hyssop, jasmine, juniper berry, lavender, spike lavender, lemon, lemongrass, lime, sweet marjoram, may chang, myrrh, myrtle, neroli, niaouli, nutmeg, sweet orange, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, pine, rock rose, rose, rosewood, sage, sandalwood, australian sandalwood, spearmint, tangerine, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, yarrow, ylang ylang, geranium bourbon.

      Just to name a few. Ha,Ha!!

    1. You could use alcohol, however that can be very drying to the skin. You might be able to counteract that by adding vegetable glycerin, though you might still have some drying.

  1. BIG discussion in a FB group about this product. No one seemed to understand that it was “EO ready” without the need for extra preservatives, etc. Very happy to see this today.

  2. When the aloe vera gel did not want to process through the tube and sprayer, I diluted it slightly with tea tree hydrosol….works beautifully.

    1. Aloe Vera jelly contains preservatives, thickeners, and surfactants that make it suitable as a carrier oil. You could try to research how to obtain and use each of those products to make your own, though we cannot guarantee safety.

  3. In 2oz spray bottle mix Aloe Vera gel, Essential oils you prefer to use in this spray than add Witch Hazel to fill the rest of the bottle. Effective and moisturizing Hand Sanitizer.

    1. With the addition of witch hazel, you would need to add an emulsifier like polysorbate and a preservative since it’s a water based product. 🙂

  4. Love this! I don’t love hand sanitizer from the store because I know it’s bad for my children (and me!) but I like them to get some sanitizer after church and other group events! I’ll for sure be using this!

    1. We understand where you are coming from! Having a Hand Sanitizer that is natural and safe makes all the difference. We hope you enjoy this recipe for you and your family!

    1. No, unfortunately it would not. Aloe jelly has added emulsifiers and thickeners in it that make it suitable as a carrier for essential oils while aloe gel does not.

  5. Would Immune Aid make an effective hand sanitizer for traveling? Seems like most of the oils in that synergy are listed above as suggestions substitutions for Germ Fighter…

    1. It could be helpful in supporting the immune system, though it wouldn’t be the best option for helping clean hands.

  6. I’m excited I found this blog post! Can I do a combination of EOs that have anti-microbial/bacterial/septic properties, as long as my total equals 18 drops?

    1. Absolutely. 🙂 It’s important also to take into count any max dermal rates for the oils you use. 🙂

  7. I made this as soon as my aloe vera jelly arrived and made it with Germ Destroyer. Super simple recipe, dries quickly and is KidSafe–win win win!!!

    1. Glad you enjoy it! I love making this recipe, and the kiddos love using it. It’s even simple enough for older kiddos to help!

  8. I made this a couple months ago to keep on me as I work in a school. Win win, I didn’t have kids telling me the hand sanitizer smells (I did not let the kids use this, I used it on my hands only)

  9. Thank you! Thank you! I’m starting to mentally prepare for the upcoming school year. This will be great to keep on my desk to use throughout the day.

  10. Is this sticky at all? When I think of aloe vera gel it seems like it’d be sticky in my mind. I’d like to try to this though because I am always needing it with the littles and I hate using strongly scented alcohol or chemical.

  11. OMG I can’t wait to make this! My kids are heading back to school soon and I loathe buying alcohol based hand sanitizers! I know we’re not supposed to mix oils with synergies, but one of the things my kids love about store hand sanitizers are their fun smells. Is it okay to add lavender or tangerine to this recipe? Can we add a drop of food coloring?

  12. I specifically bought Aloe Vera jelly today to make this recipe! I love that it’s so simple. Thank you for this DIY. It’s going to be used so much!

  13. I can’t wait to give this a try! My kids love using hand sanitizer, but I’d much rather use a homemade alternative!

  14. This recipe calls for 1% dilution in aloe vera jelly. The description on the germ destroyer label recommends 1-3% dilution. So for this recipe, would it be okay to dilute it to 2-3%?

  15. Can you explain “max dermal rates” please? I’d like to use alternative EOs also, but want to do is safely and effectively.

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