Try this quick and easy homemade hand sanitizer recipe to make your own homemade hand sanitizer. You’ll also find easy tips for saving money on hand sanitizer.
Hand sanitizer has been growing in popularity in recent years, but demand for it has exploded since the scare over the Covid-19 virus began. Were you in the stores when it was impossible to find soap, sanitizer and even toilet paper?
We get a lot of questions about whether we have a homemade hand sanitizer recipe. Honestly, hand sanitizer is one of those things I don’t usually 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.
Some people really go overboard, but if you want yours to have an unusual scent that is especially appealing or meaningful to you or if you just want to know what is actually in your hand sanitizer, homemade might be for you!
I personally think it’s cheaper to just buy some sanitizer than to make homemade sanitizer. 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! If you can’t find sanitizer in the store or if you just prefer to make your own, you’ll find our easy homemade hand sanitizer recipe below.
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.
If you can’t find 99% rubbing alcohol 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 homemade hand sanitizer recipe into an old hand soap pump bottle and keep it on the counter. Of course, decorate it!
You can put it in a cute little plastic container and give it as a gift to someone who is germaphobic.
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Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe
1/3 cup of aloe vera gel
2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol*
8–10 drops of essential oil, optional (such as vanilla, lavender, grapefruit, peppermint, etc.)
Mix all of the ingredients. Put a funnel in the opening of the bottle and pour the mixed ingredients into it.
*If you can’t find 99% rubbing alcohol just use less aloe for a thinner hand sanitizer and put in a spray bottle.