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Learn how to make this easy DIY hand sanitizer spray with essential oils. This basic recipe will walk you through how to create your own homemade hand sanitizer in just a few minutes!


Last week, I got an email from my 5-year-old’s preschool teacher. She had run out of hand sanitizer and due to the Coronavirus panic, wasn’t able to find any around town. She had been to 9 stores the night before and they were totally sold out everywhere.

How crazy is it for a preschool of all places to not have access to hand sanitizer?

DIY hand sanitizer spray at home recipe

Luckily, I had some on hand to help re-stock the school.

But after I gave mine away, what if I ran out at home?

The 2020 Coronavirus quarantines are in full crazy-mode right now and depending on when you read this, you may be having a hard time finding hand sanitizer for your family too.

Situations like these make it extra helpful to know how to make household items yourself.


See my other DIY recipes here


So today, I thought it would be helpful to share a quick and easy way to make your own effective DIY hand sanitizer spray from ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. It works just as good as the store-bought stuff, costs less to make, and contains absolutely no fillers, dyes, and weird stuff.

How to make homemade DIY hand sanitizer spray

This simple DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe is great to store in those $1.00 store travel toiletry cases so you always have something in your purse. It’s is also great for making in bulk and storing in spray bottles around the house …. or at least in every bathroom.

So without further ado, let’s move on to the recipe!

Video Tutorial

Hand Sanitizer Ingredients

How To Make DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray

This basic recipe is so quick to put together, we made a batch in less than minutes with my 5-year-olds help. (I think we can all agree that when kids help, it’s a lot of fun yet can take a bit longer. haha)

How to make homemade hand sanitizer spray

Start off by putting 1/2 cup of Aloe Vera Gel in a mixing bowl. I got mine from Amazon but you could also score extra bonus points for squeezing some from a potted Aloe Vera plant.

how to make your own DIY hand sanitizer spray

Next, measure 1 cup of 91% Isopropyl Alcohol and pour it into your mixing bowl. Isopropyl Alcohol (or rubbing alcohol) often comes in 70% and 91% strength. To ensure your DIY sanitizer is germ-killing, make sure to use
91% Isopropyl Alcohol or a higher percentage.

DIY hand sanitizer gel

Mix the two ingredients in your bowl until the consistency is opaque. This shouldn’t take long.

DIY hand sanitizer at home

Last, add about 10 drops of your favorite essential oils. This step is optional but I liked adding some for fragrance and extra germ-fighting properties. Cedarwood, Basil, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon, and Spearmint have been known to kill surface bacteria. I have loved using SimplyEarth.com for all of my essential oils. Be sure to use coupon code CFBLOGFREE for extra savings.


Read my article on how to save money on essential oils here.


DIY hand sanitizer spray with essential oils

Now mix your essential oils into the sanitizing blend and pour it into a spray bottle. I transferred mine into a measuring cup so it was even easier to pour it into the small opening. You could also use a funnel to avoid spilling.

Screw the spray top on and your new DIY hand sanitizer spray is ready to use. Now you can be ready to take on the day armed with disinfecting, homemade gel!

Wasn’t that easy?

DIY hand sanitizer spray recipe

This recipe creates about 1 1/2 cups of homemade sanitizer so we were able to refill our empty sanitizer pumps and store some in travel toiletry bottles to keep in my purse, the car, etc.

DIY hand sanitizer spray at home recipe

I hope this little recipe was helpful and saves you some money and stress during the Coronavirus quarantine. May you and your loved ones stay safe, healthy, and use this time to create more wonderful, meaningful memories together.

Lisa Mecham

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