DIY Hand Sanitizer


You can make a few small bottles of this spray hand sanitizer to carry in your purse, store in your vehicle, and toss in the baby’s diaper bag. You can easily sanitize and kill germs on the go. Plus, it smells beautiful!

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  • 10 drops of essential oils
  • 190 proof grain alcohol (or the highest proof alcohol you can get)*
  • 1 oz plastic flip-top bottle


  1. Pick and choose the essential oils to meet your desired result.
  2. Drop essential oils into the bottle.
  3. Then add alcohol to fill the bottle.
  4. Mix thoroughly until the essential oil is fully mixed.
  5. Enjoy! Yes, It’s THAT easy!
  6. Be sure to give your hands a thorough soak, rub vigorously, and keep wet for as long as possible until your hands air dry.

* At least 60% alcohol is necessary to sanitize the hands, but this concentration is not adequate for solubilizing essential oils.


You may have noticed that aloe is NOT in this recipe. Like many of us DIY bloggers out there, I used to recommend aloe in this recipe until an expert product formulator advised me with the following…

Basically, aloe can’t really be added if you want to keep essential oils in this recipe. Since it’s soluble in the alcohol, it will reduce the concentration to a level that doesn’t allow the EOs to stay in solution anymore. And if one were to used the thickened aloe gels (stuff with polymers) it would turn into a gunky mess and then also not allow the EOs to stay in solution. So, you have a skin risk with the EO when this happens.

Long story short, alcohol was misunderstood in aromatherapy for a while and there are changes coming out about these now.

Aloe can be added to sanitizers, but it’s usually incorporated as a 200x powder concentration that is included in the water phase of the formulation. If you wanted to do JUST aloe and alcohol, as long as the alcohol level remained at 60% plus AND the aloe being used was not already contaminated beyond a reparable level, you might be able to get away with it. But essential oils wouldn’t be able to be added for the reasons stated above.

What I would suggest if you want to keep aloe around for its skin moisturizing benefits is this: make the changes I recommended using and all alcohol spray with essential oils. But suggest a two-step process.

  1. After the alcohol and essential oils has been allowed to dry on the hand (and it must be dry).
  2. Add the aloe after to soothe and protect the hands. Lotion or our healing skin salve could also be an option here.


Here are some of my favorite blends that work great in this highly diluted formula. Choose from below or make one up yourself:


  • Deep Breathing Blend – Cardamom, eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree
  • Focus Blend – Cedarwood, frankincense, sandalwood and vetiver
  • Good Bye Allergy Blend – Lavender, lemon, and peppermint
  • Healthy Digestion Blend – Anise, caraway, fennel, ginger, lemon, tarragon
  • Immune Boosting Blend – Cinnamon leaf (bark would be too strong in this recipe), clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, orange and lemon
  • Happy Blend – Orange, lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, and vanilla absolute
  • Sleepy Time Blend – Roman chamomile, lavender, and vetiver

You can get as creative with your hand sanitizer spray as you wish. Create your own blend with essential oils or try one of the ones I recommend.