We get a lot of questions about making homemade hand sanitizer. Honestly, homemade hand sanitizer is one of those things I don’t make because you can buy it in large bottles for very little — probably less than buying the ingredients, especially if you buy things like essential oils for it.
I personally think it’s cheaper to just buy some sanitizer than to make homemade hand santizer. If you buy a big jug of it then the store bought sanitizer can last a really long time! Even though it’s not much cheaper, this is a very, very simple recipe and takes less than 5 minutes to make!
Homemade hand sanitizer tips:
Keep small lotion bottles that are empty to put your homemade hand sanitizer in for your purse, backpack, locker, lunchbox, car, changing table or diaper bag. It seems like we always have small samples of lotions that we are using up so this is a great way to recycle the bottles.
Another option to making homemade hand sanitizer would be to just put some rubbing alcohol in a small spray bottle (like the eyeglass cleaner bottle) and keep it in your purse. Then just spray a couple of times on each hand, rub together and you’re done with much less work and expense.
You can also put this in a old hand soap pump bottle and keep it on the counter. Of course decorate it!
You can put it in a cut little plastic container and give it as a gift to someone who is germaphobic.
Homemade Hand Sanitizer
1/3 cup of aloe Vera gel
2/3 cup of 99% rubbing alcohol
8-10 drops of essential oil, optional (such as vanilla, lavender, grapefruit, peppermint, etc.)
Mix ingredients. Put funnel in the opening of the bottle and pour the mixed ingredients into it.