Homemade Hand Sanitizer

As cold and flu season are coming (sigh), many of us grab a bottle of hand sanitizer.   Have you ever felt like this….

But, using these alcohol based hand sanitizers with other not-so-good ingredients can leave your hands dry and cracked, not to mention exposing your skin to unwanted chemicals.

I started using an all natural hand sanitizer and was quite pleased and satisfied with the results.  It can be mixed in a few short minutes and has simple (did I ever tell you that’s my middle name?) easy to find ingredients.

Everything you see here is what you will need, including apple cider vinegar which is not pictured above.
1/4 cup 100% aloe vera gel
1/4 cup witch hazel
1 tsp vegetable glycerin
1 TBS apple cider vinegar
10 drops tea tree oil
a few drops of essential oil (optional)
bottle with lid, spray top or pump
Mix it all together and put it in bottle, shake and sanitize those hands the natural way!

Warning:  This is more watery than the brand name sanitizers, but, at the same time, it is more moisturizing, distributes evenly and a little dab’l do ya!

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24 comments on “Homemade Hand Sanitizer

  1. Awesome! On a side note, triclosan (which is in most commercial hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps) is toxic! We will probably be trying this!

  2. What a neat thing. I have heard of making these before Nd always wondered how. Thanx for sharing. Will have to give it a try. 🙂 Love your blog BTW. Angel

  3. I have a boy who likes his hand sanitizer…will be making up a batch of this today (well, maybe I'll have him make it!). Thanks for sharing — a merry Christmas to you and yours! ~Lisa 🙂

  4. I swore off hand sanitizers a long time ago because of the chemicals in them. This is a great alternative! Thanks for the recipe. A little bottle in my purse will be perfect!

    Found you on the Frugal Days Hop…come visit me some time!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I'm a recent kidney transplant recipient and have to take strong antirejection drugs which cause me to be more suseptible to getting sick. I wash my hands all the time and use hand sanitizer when away from home. After reading the ingredients on the sanitizer bottles, I started to research a more natural alternative – which led me here. Thanks again! PS. . . I'm your newest follower!

  6. How Funny! I just posted a recipe for this same thing. Mine didn't have acv in it though. I think mine might be thicker than yours. It only has aloe, tea tree oil and witch hazel. I should try your when we run out to compare the 2! I love finding new and improved items! Thank you so much! ~Angela

  7. I just made a batch of this and it is very runny, will add more glycerin as well, I do like that it has apple cider vinegar thou, so I don't want omit it. My husband thinks I am nuts and wants me to go back to the chemical laden stuff…I am sure after I tweak it he will be ok, plus I am not going back to using all these chemicals…

  8. I have a question about this I am going to make these with my childrens classes for xmas gifts and trying to keep the cost down. I am wondering how much one batch makes. I am going to get plastic bottles off of ebay but I am wondering how much one batch makes so I can estimate the cost of making this.

  9. I just made this. It is wonderful. A couple things though: The apple cider vinegar smells awful. I put a tad less. If you put in some wonderful smelling Essential oil, like Peppermint and Wintergreen (Like I did) it smells so much better. It also helps mask the smell of Tea Tree. Also, to make it a little less runny, just add a little more aloe vera. Otherwise, an awesome sanitizer!! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  10. Has anyone with a kidney transplant tried this? If so, how do you feel it worked? Doctors say Purell is best but I know it is full of toxic things. Someone told me that kidney transplant patients should not do homemade hand sanitizer. How do you feel about that?

  11. What is the purpose of the witch hazel? I have seen diy sanitizers with your ingredients but without the witch hazel? What is it's purpose? Thanks so much for your post! First time visitor!

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