How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer w/ Alcohol

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DIY Hand SanitizerHand sanitizers are hard to come by these days so I thought I would formulate an effective homemade hand 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! 

You might also be interested in my Gardener’s Hand Salve which smells like heaven and does great for cracked hands. I also have a recipe for easy Hand Lotion.

What Does the CDC Recommend?

The key to making an effective homemade hand sanitizer is to stick to a 2:1 proportion of alcohol to a water based ingredient. This keeps the alcohol content around 60 percent. This is the minimum amount needed to kill most germs, according to the CDC.

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. 

I wrote a post a while ago about germ fighting with essential oils. You might find it interesting plus, pick up a few more things you can do to protect yourself and your family.How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer


How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitzer

4 tsp. 91% Rubbing Alcohol (find it HERE)

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).  Feel free to double, triple or quadruple this recipe. I have made it over and over but wish I would’ve made a large batch from the beginning. My kids, husband and parents all carry a bottle!

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

How to Use Homemade Hand Sanitizer:

  • Spray directly onto hands and allow to dry
  • Spray on surfaces like door knobs, cell phones, steering wheels and hard surfaces.

This is an easy way to make homemade hand sanitizer cheaply! 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. 

Don’t forget that diffusing is a great way to kill airborne pathogens in your home! I have written a post all about how to get the most out of diffusing.

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

xx, Jenni


DIY Hand Sanitizer

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Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 7 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on living a natural lifestyle.

14 thoughts on “How to Make Homemade Hand Sanitizer w/ Alcohol”

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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

    1. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.


  6. 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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