DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe

There's a mighty prolific virus spreading around the world right now.

While we all know that the absolute best defense is to WASH.YOUR.HANDS, sometimes when we're out and about and you touch a dirty handrail, a door handle or just about anything you want to disinfect quickly before you touch your face again!

There is now a shortage on hand sanitizer at the stores. Hopefully it's all being diverted to the hospitals and front line workers who need it most.

For the rest of us. It's super easy to make your own.

The general rule is that you need to use 60-66% Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to your mixture to kill all the germs.

We're giving you super easy recipes to make your own DIY Hand Sanitizer.

The first uses Rubbing Alcohol (Isopropyl Alcohol)

The second recipe uses Witch Hazel (if you don't have rubbing alcohol on hand).


Recipe 1 is a simple and effective hand sanitizer.

For this 100 ml recipe you'll need:

  • Rubbing Alcohol (Isopropyl Alcohol)
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Anti Viral Essential Oils (We're using Tea Tree & Lavender)
  • Pump Bottle or Tube to put finished product in



1. Add 30ml Aloe Gel to a bowl / measuring cup

Aloe Vera Gel is included in all Hand Sanitizer recipes. It has multiple functions.

  • It is extremely healing and soothing for the skin.
  • It makes all the liquid turn into a gel.
  • It is a wonderful 'carrier' for the Essential Oils.





 2. Add 2 ml of Essential Oils to the Aloe Gel

Aloe Gel is an amazing carrier for essential oils. Just like we would add EO's to an oil to make them safe to apply to the skin. Aloe is an aqueous carrier, so it absorbs easily into the skin. 

You can use any germ killing essential oils that you may have on hand.





3. Measure and pour 66 to 70 ml of Isopropyl Alcohol.

Measure 66 - 70 mls of Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol into a container large enough to fit the alcohol and the aloe mixture. 



    4. Add the Aloe Gel and Essential Oil Mixture into the Alcohol and stir really well.

     The aloe does stay a little globby, but be sure to give it all a really good mix and stir to incorporate all of the ingredients together. 





    5. Let it set up.

    You've probably already noticed the mixture has started to thicken up. The aloe will gel up a little more and after a couple of minutes your mixture will become that recognizable hand sanitizer gel texture that we're familiar with.  




    6. Add the finished Hand Sanitizer to a tube or pump container.

    This recipe works great in a squeeze tube or re-use an existing hand sanitizer pump!



    Recipe 2: If you don't have access to Rubbing Alcohol

    (NOTE: This formula has no alcohol, therefore no guarantee it will kill CoVid19 Virus. Health Canada and FDA say you need a min of 66% alcohol to kill the virus)

    For this 100 ml recipe you'll need:


    1. Add 20 ml Aloe Gel to a bowl / measuring cup

    Approximately 17 - 20 ml is the amount needed, but it doesn't have to be super exact for this type of recipe. It's quite forgiving!

     2. Add 3 ml of Essential Oils to the Aloe Gel

    For this recipe, we're adding more essential oils to amplify the germ killing properties of the witch hazel. You can add more than 3 ml if you wish, even as much as 5 ml.

    3. Measure and pour 75 ml of Witch Hazel (14% Alcohol).

    Use a container that's large enough to hold the aloe gel mixture as well. 

    4. Add the Aloe Gel and Essential Oil Mixture into the witch hazel and stir really well.

    5. Add the finished Hand Sanitizer to a spray bottle.

    This creates a more liquid type hand sanitizer that is perfect for using in a spray bottle. If you prefer the thicker style that works in a pump or squeeze tube, you can add more aloe vera to get that gel-like texture. 


    There you have it! 2 simple recipes for your own DIY Hand Sanitizer.

    Stay Healthy out there!


    • Jan Saunders

      Excellent video with much gratitude for providing this information!
      Thank you :)

    • Gillian Law

      Very useful recipes thank you. Hand Sanitizer and had wash is like gold dust here in England so brilliant being able to now make my own for our house , my Aunt and some friends as required. Thank you again.

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