DIY Hand Sanitizer for Winter

6 Materials
5 Minutes

There are chemist tips for making just about anything you want at home. This DIY hand sanitizer is one of those super easy things to make and never have to buy again!

Plus by making your own hand sanitizer, you can control exactly what goes into it including scent!

Since Christmas is approaching, I wanted to make a fun winter scent that would also make great DIY Christmas gift ideas!

Here is how to do it!


HEy! Please click on blog post to read recent updates 3/5/2020! Please visit the link for recommendations on disinfecting. We have CDC recommendations and all recent info there! This was never meant to be used in place of PURE isopropyl alcohol or hand washing.

1 tbsp aloe vera (Please view this link to read all the exact items we use for this post. Very important! )

1/4 tbsp witch hazel

2 tbsp rubbing alcohol (70% or 91%)

1 tsp wintergreen essential oil

1/2 tsp peppermint essential oil

Small Squeeze Bottles


In a small bowl, add in the aloe vera, witch hazel, and rubbing alcohol. Stir until mixed together.

Add in the oils, mix around a little (don’t worry about it being 100% combined at this point).

Add all of this to a squeeze bottle. It will fill one of these to the very top.

Remember that oils will settle, so ALWAYS give it a little shake before use

How to Use:

**this does not take the place of hand washing, but should only be used for the time being until you can use soap and water. Please click on blog post link for CDC recommendations**

Add a small dime sized amount to hands and rub! It will leave your hands soft and clean!

This will last for a year in the bottle, just always give it a shake before use.

Chemist Tips on DIY Hand Sanitizer

To make this heavy duty disinfecting, please visit the blog post:

Please make sure to click the blog post link below to learn more about using natural aloe vera.

Different Scent Options

  • Orange/clove/cinnamon
  • Pine
  • Frankincense/ white fir

This is such a fun DIY and can be made in just a few minutes! I love adding things like this to my friends Christmas gifts, they love homemade Chemistry Cachet items!


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Frequently asked questions

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  • Kat Keener Kat Keener on Mar 15, 2020

    How do you make homemade baby wipes

  • Dean R ChijimatsuPwerpny Dean R ChijimatsuPwerpny on Nov 18, 2020

    Where Did The Stickers On The Bottles Come From?

    Test Tube Bottle, Christmas Trees, etc.?

  • Jan Jan on Jan 30, 2021

    I like your hand sanitizer recipe, I have everything in my cupboard but the wintergreen. How important is it if left out. Just wondering. And thanks for posting DIY, use them all the time.


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  • Ruby Ruby on Mar 15, 2020

    I would make it but the stores are out of stuff

    • Linda Linda on Mar 15, 2020

      Could use rags. Cut them in small squares. Wash them in bleach first.

  • Ellen Bertelsen Ellen Bertelsen on Jan 02, 2021

    Actually, don’t panic at all. Just use soap and water, wash thoroughly for 15-20 seconds. Doesn’t matter whether the water is hot or cold, or what kind of soap you use. It’s the agitation that cleanses. Antibacterial substances do not work against viruses. So save your money.