How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer


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Ever wonder how easy it is to make homemade hand sanitizer? It’s actually very simple and only requires 2-3 ingredients. Follow our easy tutorial below!

homemade hand sanitizer

When I first started this blog more than a decade ago (BOY it feels weird to say that!), I was ultra-focused on making homemade versions of any cleaner, cleanser, household product that I could. During that phase of my life, I was home on maternity leave with my daughter. I knew that I really wanted to make that leave from my teaching job permanent, but I also knew what that would do to our income (literally split it in half).

So in an effort to cut as many household costs out (or at least drastically reduce them), I turned to homemade alternatives. Many of which, were super effective at cleaning!

One note about hand cleansing: there is NO substitute for good old fashioned soap and water.  So whenever it’s available, use soap and water. 

That being said, hand sanitizer is good to use in a pinch when no soap (and/or running water) is available. And if you have never made homemade hand sanitizer, you might be surprised to learn how easy it is to make!

Use Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and a carrier oil for moisturizer

Here’s what you need to make homemade hand sanitizer:

A note about the rubbing alcohol – in order to be effective at killing germs, the alcohol concentration in your homemade hand sanitizer needs to be at least 60% concentration. (This info is per the CDC.)

A note about the carrier oil – rubbing alcohol dries out your skin.  Using a carrier oil such as aloe vera adds a moisturizing quality to your sanitizer!

hand sanitizer supplies

How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer

1. Add 2/3 cup plus 12 teaspoons rubbing alcohol*.

2. Add 6 teaspoons of aloe vera to bowl.

*You need to make sure that you have a high enough alcohol content to kill the germs.

3. Add 5-10 drops of essential oil (for scent, if preferred).

tea tree oil to bowl

4. Mix ingredients together.

Mixing Bowl

5. Use a funnel in the top of your small toiletry bottle and fill each bottle with your mixture. Use a piece of tape and label the bottle if you’d like.

funnel into small bottle

That’s it!

Again, be smart about this.  Hand sanitizer never has been and never will be a better option than soap and water.  It simply does not clean and sanitize the way that soap does. So always opt for hand washing whenever possible. 


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