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Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray with essential oils

Germs are everywhere, and while hand washing is best, sometimes you just can’t get to a sink.  So I keep these little essential-oil hand sanitizers everywhere– in my purse, in my desk, glove compartment, picnic basket, school bag, gym bag, …

They are super simple to make.  Add just a few ingredients, give it a shake, and you’re done.  Once you get the hang of the basic recipe, you probably won’t even need to measure.  Just whip up a new batch anytime you need it.  So fast & easy!

Be sure to click here get your free printable hand sanitizer labels and recipe cards.  Feel free to use these printables yourself, share them with your team, or use them as handouts for a make & take class.  Printable has three pages, so that you can print exactly what you need.

  • 1st page –  1 bottle label & 1 recipe card (print this page if you just want to make a hand sanitizer for yourself)
  • 2nd page – 15 hand sanitizer labels (print this page if you want to share labels at a Make & Take class)
  • 3rd page – 4 hand sanitizer recipe cards (print as many copies of this page as you need for a Make & Take class)

 

What’s in this DIY Hand Sanitizer?

carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil)- both a moisturizer to counterbalance the drying effect of the witch hazel and a way to safely dilute essential oils

essential oils (see below for a list of recommended oils)- antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties

vitamin e– moisturizer and also helps to slow down rancidity

glycerin– helps disperse essential oils throughout the witch hazel, moisturizes skin, and forms a protective layer

witch hazel– an astringent that tighten pores and indirectly works as an antibacterial and antiviral agent

Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

 

What Are the Best Essential Oils for Hand Sanitizers?

tea tree– antifugal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial

lavender– antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial

geranium– antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiseptic

lemon*– antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal

sweet or wild orange– antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial

eucalyptus– antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antimicrobial

rosemary– antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial

cinnamon– antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antiseptic

clove– antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal

thyme– antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiseptic

peppermint– antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiviral

* Use caution when using lemon essential oil in hand sanitizer.  Cold-pressed lemon essential oil can cause a phototoxic skin reaction when used topically and skin is exposed to the sun.  Robert Tisserand’s book Essential Oil Safety states that cold-pressed lemon essential oil should be diluted at a rate less than 12 drops lemon essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil.  So in this recipe no more than 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil should be used given the 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and 1/2 teaspoon glycerin.

 

Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

 

How to Make Hand Sanitizer Spray

step 1:   start with a 2 ounce spray bottle

Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

 

step 2:  add 1 tsp carrier oil such as, fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil

Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

 

step 3:  add 10-12 drops of essential oil (see below for suggested essential oil combinations)

EO blend 1–> 4 drops tea tree + 4 drops lavender + 2 drops lemon

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EO blend 2–> 4 drops eucalyptus + 3 drops rosemary + 5 drops lavender

EO blend 3–> 2 drops cinnamon + 2 drops clove + 2 drops lemon + 2 drops eucalyptus + 2 drops rosemary + 2 drops orange

Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

 

step 4:  add 2-3 drops vitamin e

Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

 

step 5:  add 1/2 tsp glycerin

Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

 

step 6:  fill the bottle most of the way full with witch hazel (make sure to leave a little room for the spray top)

Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

 

step 7:  put on spray top

step 8:  shake to mix

Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

 

step 9: print out free labels (get them here)

step 10: cut out label

Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

 

step 11: put label face down on packing tape

Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

 

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step 12:  adhere label to bottle

Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

 

Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

 

Here’s the Hand Sanitizer Recipe One More Time

(get free printable of recipe cards here)

to a 2 ounce spray bottle…

add 1 tsp carrier oil such as, fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil

add 10-12 drops of essential oil (see below for suggested essential oil combinations)

EO blend 1–> 4 drops tea tree + 4 drops lavender + 2 drops lemon

EO blend 2–> 4 drops eucalyptus + 3 drops rosemary + 5 drops lavender

EO blend 3–> 2 drops cinnamon + 2 drops clove + 2 drops lemon + 2 drops eucalyptus + 2 drops rosemary + 2 drops orange

add 2-3 drops vitamin e

add 1/2 tsp glycerin

fill the bottle most of the way full with witch hazel (make sure to leave a little room for the spray top)

put on spray top and shake to mix

 

Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

Where to get supplies?

2 oz spray bottle

carrier oil (choose one)

click here for vitamin e

click here or here for glycerin

click here for witch hazel

click here for free printable labels and recipe cards

 

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Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

Simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe + free printable labels & recipe cards. Learn which essential oils are best for hand sanitizers with antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties

 

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