Germs are everywhere. When you can’t get to a sink to wash your hands, keep clean with this natural hand sanitizer gel or check out my recipe for a hand sanitizer spray.
With just a few ingredients, it’s very easy to make. Simply add to a bowl, mix, and pour into an essential oil safe container (like these handy & super cute mini PET bottles with silicone holders that can be attached to your purse, a child’s backpack, gym bag, etc or make a triple batch and use in these handy larger silicone bottles).
Want other ways to boost your immune system and stay well? Check out this post with 25 ways to use essential oils to support you immune system – there are recipes for diffuser blends, room sprays, cleaners, and roller bottles.
What’s in homemade hand sanitizer gel?
aloe vera gel – Aloe forms the base of this homemade hand sanitizer gel. Be sure to use real, natural aloe vera gel (like this). Did you know that a product labeled “aloe vera 100% gel” is often not pure aloe vera? This misleading labeling is very common. While it seems at first glance that it would be pure aloe vera gel, what it actually means is that it is “100% gel” with at least some aloe vera in it. Tricky, huh? And worse yet, those products with misleading labeling are often filled with ingredients like polysorbate-20, triethanolamine, carbomer, iodopropynol butylcarbanate, benzophenone-4, fragrance and artificial colors.
glycerin – Glycerin helps draw moisture to skin. This is great as the rubbing alcohol can tend to dry skin out, so the glycerin counteracts that.
vitamin e (optional) – Like the glycerin, vitamin E also helps to restore and rejuvenate dehydrated skin. Vitamin E also helps slow the oxidation of essential oils.
rubbing alcohol (omit for kids) – Rubbing alcohol is an antiseptic, antimicrobial, and sanitizer. I use it in the hand sanitizer I make for myself; however, if young children will be using, then omit this ingredient, as the alcohol is absorbed through the skin and even a small amount can cause problems for young children.
essential oil – I use a mix of sweet orange, lavender, tea tree, clove (omit for kids under 2), and rosemary (omit for kids under 10) essential oils.
How to make homemade essential oil hand sanitizer?
step 1: add 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel to a glass bowl
step 2: add 2 teaspoons of glycerin
step 3: add 2 drops vitamin E
step 4: add 1/2 teaspoon rubbing alcohol (optional, omit for kids)
step 5: Add the following essential oils:
3 drops orange essential oil
2 drops tea tree essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop clove essential oil (omit for kids under 2 years)
1 drop rosemary essential oil (omit for kids under 10 years)
step 6: stir well
step 7: pour the essential oil hand sanitizer into a 30ml PET container (like this)
Here’s the hand sanitizer recipe one more time:
- Add the following to a glass bowl
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
- 2 teaspoons of glycerin
- 2 drops vitamin E
- 1/2 teaspoon rubbing alcohol (optional, omit for kids)
- 3 drops orange essential oil
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 drop clove essential oil (omit for kids under 2 years)
- 1 drop rosemary essential oil (omit for kids under 10 years)
- mix well
- pour into a 30ml PET container (like this)
How to use ?
- wipe hands clean of any dirt and gunk
- apply a dime-sized amount of hand sanitizer to the palm of your hand
- rub hands together, making sure to get the hand sanitizer all over hands and fingers
- rub in until the hand sanitizer is completely absorbed
Where to get supplies?
aloe vera gel– This is the kind I buy. I especially love it for this hand sanitizer, because unlike some other aloe vera gels, it’s not sticky. It’s 99.75% certified organic aloe vera. The other .25% is made up of just a few natural ingredients: seaweed extract (natural thickener), citric acid (to stabilize ph), ascorbic acid (vitamin c), and potassium sorbate (to prevent mold).
rubbing alcohol– pick up in the pharmacy department of Walmart, Target or drug store or buy online here
mini PET bottles with silicone holders that can be attached to your purse, a child’s backpack, gym bag, etc
make a triple batch and use in these handy larger silicone bottles
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