Want to keep the germs at bay this cold and flu season? No need to buy expensive products from the store when you can learn how to make a homemade Hand Sanitizer spray from just a few basic ingredients!
Homemade Hand Sanitizer Spray
While I’m not a big fan of hand sanitizer, since it can be drying to your hands and it usually just smells bad, I can understand that it has its time and place. If you are in a very dirty, germ-filled grocery store with nowhere to wash your hands during flu and cold season, you aren’t going to care if your hands smell a little bit from using hand sanitizer; at least they are clean!
If you’d rather skip the store version, it’s actually pretty easy to make your own DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray. You just need a few simple ingredients. Here’s the simple recipe for how to make hand sanitizer spray!
DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray
What You Need:
- 1 1/4 cup 99% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol (Where to Buy)
- 6 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel (Where to Buy)
- 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil (Where to Buy)
What to Do:
In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients together until they are well blended. Pour into a small spray bottle and use as needed. Be sure and give it a shake before using to help distribute the essential oils better.
This will make the perfect amount for a 12-ounce spray bottle. You could also pour it into smaller bottles which will fit easily into your diaper bag or purse so you can always have it on hand for those trips to the grocery store, restaurant or after playing at the park. You can find the smaller bottles in the travel section of most stores and grocery stores or purchase them online.
—Want to label your Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer Spray? These Free Printable Canning Jar Labels are the perfect fit for these smaller bottles too!
Store your Homemade Hand Sanitizer Spray in your car when traveling, but be sure to remove it if the vehicle is going to get too hot or too cold, you don’t want your mixture to freeze and make a mess in your car!
Variations and Tips for Making DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray
- You can add 1/4 teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil to your hand sanitizer spray to add moisture back into your hands with each use.
- You can also add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to your hand sanitizer spray. Lavender will not only make the entire mixture smell a little better but it will also add extra antibacterial properties. I buy all of my essential oils from Rocky Mountain Oils.
- If you’d like to make a more natural hand sanitizer spray, you can use Witch Hazel in place of the alcohol. Witch Hazel is alcohol-free and will give you a much gentler hand sanitizer without a strong alcohol smell. If you want a strong sanitizer that performs like the store-bought, I recommend sticking to the rubbing alcohol version above, instead of this gentler version.
- The aloe vera in this recipe should help prevent your hands from drying out as much as the store-bought hand sanitizers. If you find the hand sanitizer is starting to dry out your hands you may want to carry a small container of Homemade Lotion to use after applying the sanitizer. This will help restore the moisture in your hands and give them a much more pleasant smell!
- If you are unable to find pure Aloe Vera, you can also use Glycerin or Fractionated Coconut Oil. The purpose of that item is to help make it not so drying.
—Have leftover Aloe Vera? Find more Uses for Aloe Vera here.
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DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray
How to make your own homemade hand sanitizer spray recipe.
- 1 1/4 Cups 99% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
- 6 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
- 20 drops Tea Tree Oil
In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients together until they are well blended.
Pour into a small spray bottle and use as needed. Be sure and give it a shake before using to help distribute the essential oils better.
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Do you use hand sanitizer or do you skip it? What other essential oils do you think you could add?
This DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray Recipe was originally published on Little House Living in June 2013. It has been updated as of March 2020.