DIY Hand Sanitizer-70% Alcohol

DIY Hand SanitizerHand sanitizers are hard to come by these days so I thought I would formulate an effective sanitizer that can not only be sprayed on your hands but also on other surfaces for protection. You’ve probably heard that it is recommended that you use 70% of rubbing alcohol in your homemade recipe or else it is not 100% effective so I’ve decided to create a recipe reflecting that proportion. This recipe is going to dry our skin out but I’d rather have dry hands then COVID-19 or any other virus! Plus, I’ve got a recipe for dry hands any way! 

Also, alcohol is the ingredient that is meant to kill germs in this recipe. The essential oils are a bonus. If you do not have Shield Essential Oil Blend or Thieves (Young Living), feel free to use what ever essential oil you have on hand. Lavender would work great as would Tea Tree! If you don’t have any essential oils on hand then omit them but I would highly recommend you add them so that this recipe is at the upmost effectiveness. 

DIY Hand Sanitzer

4 tsp. Rubbing Alcohol

Top off with either Aloe Vera Gel, Distilled Water or Witch Hazel

Find Aloe HERE or HERE

Witch Hazel HERE or HERE

20 drops Shield or Homemade Thieves

This recipe is based on a 1 ounce spray bottle. If you’d like to use a 2 ounce bottle use 8 tsp (2.7 tbsp.) of alcohol. For a 4 ounce bottle, use 5.5 tablespoons (16 teaspoons). 

I topped mine off with 1/2 aloe vera gel and 1/2 witch hazel. I didn’t do all aloe vera because I was worried I wouldn’t be able to spray it easily with only aloe. However, I think it would have been fine as long as your aloe isn’t too thick. 

DIY Hand Sanitizer

This is an easy way to make hand sanitizer cheaply! The problem could be finding rubbing alcohol at this time. Hopefully, you have some on hand. I have made several bottles and keep one in my bag and in my car. I like to spray my hands and even sleeves after going to a store. I also spray my steering wheel. This is also great to spray on your cell phone and any other hard surface you suspect might have germs. 

For more on how I’m preparing for the Coronavirus and what quarantine looks like at my house go HERE and HERE.

xx, Jenni


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DIY Hand Sanitizer

Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. Cynthia Kling
    March 31, 2020 / 12:33 pm

    I am confused about your recipe for hand sanitizer- not sure what “top it off” means. Can you give me percentages.

    • Jenni
      April 1, 2020 / 7:58 am

      Cynthia-I mean to add your alcohol and then fill the remaining space in the bottle with the other liquid you choose. Basically you will use 70% alcohol and 30% liquid.

  2. Terry
    March 31, 2020 / 1:31 pm

    Can I use a thick aloe if I have a tube container that squeezes product out??

    • Jenni
      April 1, 2020 / 7:57 am

      Terry-Sure but I think the amount of alcohol will make it too watery-You’ll probably have to experiment. You might have to water down the aloe.

  3. April 3, 2020 / 7:24 am

    Hand sanitizer plays a major role in today’s condition as people are asked to be clean every time by washing their hands regularly and maintaining their hygiene. The steps and tips mentioned to make a hand sanitizer by yourself will help us to make it at home. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    • Jenni
      April 13, 2020 / 3:26 pm

      Tom-You’re welcome!

  4. April 3, 2020 / 12:59 pm

    Thanks Jenni! I’m not big on DIY but this is simple and I actually have everything. I have sprayer bottles from the little travel kits they sell at target, and always have rubbing alcohol, witch hazel and essential oils. Good to go!

    • Jenni
      April 13, 2020 / 3:26 pm

      Elizabeth-Hope you made it! Now I can’t find alcohol anywhere so that I can make more batches! This is a great recipe that gives me some peace of mind when going to the grocery store!

  5. Lisa
    April 21, 2020 / 2:14 pm

    If you want to end up with a 70% alcohol solution in the finished product, you will have to use 99% alcohol to make the recipe.

  6. Don Jones
    April 28, 2020 / 2:19 am

    what if I can only find 70% rubbing alcohol will that work and if so how do I mix.

    • Jenni
      May 4, 2020 / 3:53 pm

      Don-That is what I am using.

  7. Elizabeth T
    May 2, 2020 / 5:08 pm

    Thanks for your recipe! I did some research a few weeks ago on DIY hand sanitizer recipes. The proportions are, I believe according to CDC guidelines, 2/3 alcohol over 60 or 70%, like the currently unavailable rubbing alcohol, and 1/3 other, like aloe vera, glycerine, etc. These proportions show up in a number of DIY recipes online. I ordered glycerine online via Amazon. I also found some bottles of hair conditioner at a local grocery store to use as the other 1/3 part. I use the 151% alcohol Everclear, purchased at a liquor store, or the 151% rum, also at local liquor stores, if I can find those.


  8. Elizabeth T
    May 2, 2020 / 5:10 pm

    When I said above, 151%, I meant, 151% proof, and these alcohols are over 70% alcohol.

  9. Janet
    August 26, 2020 / 4:30 pm

    Like some others have said, I think we are supposed to use a higher concentration of isopropyl alcohol–90%–because when it is diluted with aloe vera gel, it decreases the concentration of alcohol closer to 70%. What have you found? I don’t want to mix up a concentration that is only going to clean the soil off of my hands–not the germs.

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