DIY Hand Sanitizer

6 Materials
$10
10 Minutes
Easy

Keep a small bottle of this homemade hand sanitizer made with aloe vera, alcohol and essential oils in your purse or car for those times when you need a little extra germ protection but don’t have access to a sink. Washing your hands is always the best way to prevent the spread of germs but sometimes soap and water just isn't available. Try this before you buy hand sanitizer from the store.

Learn how to make your own hand sanitizer


Check out this video to learn how to make your own hand sanitizer.

Ingredients for Hand Sanitizer


Go have a peek in your medicine cabinet and check if you have the following supplies. If not, you can get some of them at the drugstore (if there is any left) or as always, on Amazon, although they are selling out there too.



  • 2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol or 120 proof Everclear.
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel.
  • 8-10 drops essential oil, such as lavender, peppermint or grapefruit
  • Bowl and spoon.
  • Funnel.
  • Empty liquid soap or hand sanitizer bottle.
Pour the aloe into the empty soap container


. Measure the aloe in a measuring cup and use a funnel to pour the aloe into the empty soap container.

Add the alcohol and shake


The most important thing is to use alcohol that is 60% or higher. Regular Smirnoff vodka won’t work. Use the 120 proof like I did or get 99% rubbing alcohol from the pharmacy (FYI, they are probably out of stock).

Add 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oils and shake again.

Ready to use


To use squirt a small amount into the palm of your hand and rub it in.

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Adrienne Carrie Hubbard | Crafty Little Gnome
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  • Fanny Fanny on Jul 23, 2020

    Can one use the edible aloe vera gel?

  • Divermom Divermom on Jul 26, 2020

    Everclear 120 proof is only 60% alcohol -- not high enough to make a sanitizing product. Did you mean to use the original Everclear 190 proof? That's 95% alcohol and would work with your proportions.

  • Tara Eason Tara Eason on Jul 29, 2022

    Let's just say for the sake of argument that I put this on my hands and without realizing it I go and rub my nose by accident and I get some around my mouth or something and hypothetically speaking I start driving down the road and I get pulled over by law enforcement and they smell it around on me couldn't I be legally be driving under the influence

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