How to Make Hand Sanitizer

How to Make Hand Sanitizer – Simple Steps to Make Hand Sanitizer Gel

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Here is our comprehensive guide on How to Make Hand Sanitizer. Homemade hand sanitizer is fast becoming popular these days amid the emergence of new infectious diseases. If you find any difficulty purchasing one from local stores, then we will show you how to make hand sanitizer with aloe vera plants, how to make hand sanitizer without alcohol, etc.

Here is How to Make Hand Sanitizer;

Hand Sanitizer Ingredients

Most of you would be asking; what are the ingredients for hand sanitizer? Depending on exactly how you’d want your own hand sanitizer to be like. Many people choose different ingredients for more or less concentration. It includes either a 96 percent ethanol or a 99.8 percent isopropyl, plus a 3 percent concentration of hydrogen peroxide to kill any contaminating bacteria spores, plus glycerol (another name for glycerin), as well as distilled water. Generally, below are the hand sanitizer ingredients needed to make your own hand sanitizer at home;

  • Small bowl
  • Spoon
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • Empty bottle
  • 2/3 cups of 99% Isopropyl alcohol  – alcohol concentration has to at this level to be more effective. However, people equally use 70% alcohol to produce theirs but it is less effective. 
  • Funnel
  • Clean water
  • Hand gloves

How to Make Hand Sanitizer Without Alcohol

If it is to sanitize against the current pandemic, world health organization and other health care workers advise you use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. But if you are making an alcohol free sanitizer, here are the ingredients you need and simple steps to follow. 

  • Position a 4-ounce empty container
  • Fill about ¾ full with Clean water
  • Pour 1 TBSP of aloe vera gel
  • Add 10 drops each of cinnamon, clove, rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils
  • Add 20 drops of either lemon, orange or grapefruit essential oil – whatever aroma fits your mood
  • Place the spray dispenser top on securely and mix thoroughly
  • Spray two or three times on your hands and rub together

Note: Non alcohol hand sanitizers are not as effective as alcohol sanitizers. Moreover, if you are to make alcohol hand sanitizer, health care professionals advise it contain up to 70% of alcohol.

How to Make Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils

The use of essential oil is also a proper way of making hand sanitizer. Many people prefer this method to other methods. 

Essential Oils 

Below are essential oils with cleansing properties to add.  These oils come with a touch of natural fragrance on your hands while providing purifying benefits as well.

  • Spearmint
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Thyme
  • Manuka
  • Tea-Tree
  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Purification blend
  • Lemon
  • Thieves blend
  • Clove


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Equipment and Ingredients Needed

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
  • bowl
  • 3 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • spoon
  • 2 oz flip-top container
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol at least 70%
  • 4 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

Mixture Instructions on making Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils

  • Combine alcohol, aloe vera gel, and vegetable glycerin in a shallow bowl
  • Mix to combine
  • Add essential oils and stir
  • Use a funnel to pour into a flip-top container

This is how to make scented hand sanitizer.


Making hand sanitizer at home can be dangerous to some extent. Highly concentrated alcohol can be harmful to the skin if eventually poured. We hereby preach the use of PPE while preparing one. However, most people prefer buying already made from local stores which is recommended. 

Bottom Line

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can help keep you safe and reduce the spread of infectious diseases. If you’re having a hard time finding hand sanitizer at your local stores and handwashing isn’t available, you can take steps to make your own. You only need a few ingredients, such as rubbing alcohol, aloe vera gel, and an essential oil or lemon juice.

Although hand sanitizers can be an effective way of getting rid of germs, health authorities still recommend handwashing whenever possible to keep your hands free of disease-causing viruses and other germs.


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