DIY Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer + Recipe with Alcohol

Ingredients for Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer:

  • Foaming Bottle – Making a liquid foaming hand sanitizer will cut costs and make the product last even longer.  I also find it easier to squish between my fingers!
  • Castile Soap – This is a concentrated soap that will remove germs but wont kill them.
  • Witch Hazel – Helps keep your hands soft and smooth without drying out.
  • Essential Oils – I use Thieves and Lemon.  However you could use other scents.  Just make sure you know the oil and it’s uses before using.  You do not want to add an oil that can harm yourself or children with direct skin contact.
  • Water – water makes everything better!



Additional Ways to Prevent the Spread of Germs:

  • Wash hands for 20 seconds – back of hands, and in between fingers are a must!
  • Do not touch your face!  This is SO SO hard for me! I’m a face toucher!  However if you do have an itch, use a napkin or tissue instead of your fingers.
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with others.  Hand shakes, hugs and high fives should be reserved for non flu season and those in whom you know are well.
  • Cough and Sneeze on your boobies!  Yep! In my home when my kids cough or sneeze I always shout BOOBIES!!  As a reminder that they should NOT cough in their hands or elbows, but instead in a contained space like down their shirt.  More than any other location, germs are guaranteed to stay contained within your shirt and not out in the open where others could come in contact.  Plus you don’t have to wash your hands as often.  Trust me, you are showering daily anyway, so keep it contained!

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Final Words

Hand sanitizing is a popular on-the-go method that prevents germs from spreading when you have no soap and water nearby. Alcohol-based disinfectants can keep you safe and decrease the impact of the new coronavirus.

Overall, if you’re out of luck when looking for hand sanitizer and handwashing isn’t available, you can make your own. You’ll need a few ingredients, including rubbing alcohol, aloe vera, and essential oils. Though hand antiseptics are effective in getting rid of microbes, health authorities recommend hand washing whenever possible. Keeping your hands free of disease-causing viruses is the only way to stay safe and healthy.

Containers Needed for Homemade Hand Sanitizer

The hardest part about this recipe is finding a container to make it in. We have a few suggestions.

If you rummage around your house, you likely have some small squeeze bottles somewhere. I have used my vitamin E bottles and I love this because it also adds a bit of the vitamin e from the residue left in the bottle.

Empty Vitamin E Oil Bottles are awesome – do
Empty Vitamin E Oil Bottles are awesome – don’t rinse. The Vitamin E Residue gives a skin nourishing version of hand sanitizer!

But that’s not likely you have a squeeze bottle of nearly used up vitamin E like I happened to have this one time. However, you probably have small shampoo/conditioner bottles, already used up store-bought hand sanitizer bottles that you can refill.

Hotel shampoo, conditioner or lotion bottles are perfect for purse or backpack size.

Here are some examples of bottles we found around
Here are some examples of bottles we found around our home. The hotel shampoo/conditioner, body wash and lotions bottles, rinsed out, are perfect for a to-go version for each member of the family.

For larger bottles by the sink, you can also use pump bottles!

Finally, if you head to the dollar store or a place like Walmart, you can get empty travel-size squeeze bottles. So if you can’t find something around your home, just grab a handful of these bottles. You can easily order a set from Amazon and have them in your home in a day or two if you want to avoid stores!

Example of a refillable travel size bottle in the
Example of a refillable travel size bottle in the travel section of stores.

After you have figured out your bottle situation, there are only a few simple ingredients needed to make an amazing hand sanitizer!


To make homemade hand sanitizer, simply mix rubbing alcohol with aloe vera at the recommended concentrations in the chart below. Bottled aloe vera gel and rubbing alcohol may be combined by vigorously whisking them together in a bowl. However, if you’re using fresh aloe vera you will definitely want to use a blender to thoroughly mix the hand sanitizer. If you choose to use essential oils, add just a few drops.  

How to Make 60% Alcohol Hand Sanitizer 

Using 91% to 99% rubbing alcoholUsing 70% rubbing alcohol
Use 2 parts alcohol to 1 part aloe vera gelDilute the alcohol by no more than 10% 
Example: 1 cup alcohol & ½ cup aloe vera, or 2 cups alcohol & 1 cup aloe vera.Example: 3 cups alcohol & ⅓ cup aloe vera, or 5 cups alcohol & ½ cup aloe vera. 

Be careful to not over-dilute the alcohol (use too much aloe) by any more than listed on the chart! The given concentrations will create a hand sanitizer that is just over 60% alcohol – the minimum needed to kill coronavirus.

Once the aloe vera and alcohol are thoroughly combined or blended, transfer your homemade hand sanitizer to a spray or squeeze bottle of choice. We reused a few travel-size amber spray bottles that we had around the house, and stored the extra in a glass mason jar for refills. You can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for later use, or simply in a dark cool place. The alcohol preserves the aloe, though it will turn a slight pink hue over prolonged exposure to the light. That is okay, and normal.

If you use 91 to 99% strength alcohol, your finished hand sanitizer will be slightly thicker and may work in a squeeze bottle. Otherwise, plan to use a spray bottle for easy application of more liquid-like sanitizer

How To Use A Hand Sanitizer Properly?

Any natural hand sanitizer can be runnier than commercially-made ones. If you find it challenging to use, use a squeeze or pump container to use your homemade antiseptic without spilling. For maximum efficiency, bear in mind the following things when using hand sanitizer:

·        Rub or spray the antiseptic into your skin, coating all surfaces. Continue to rub until your hands dry, which takes about 20 seconds. Sometimes it takes longer for the sanitizer to kill most germs.

·        If your hands are visibly greasy or dirty, wash them first with soap and water. In such cases, antiseptics have little effect.

·        Using the correct amount is crucial. WHO recommends applying a ‘coin-sized amount’ of gel. In short, apply enough hand sanitizer to cover both sides of your hands and between your fingers.

·        Stop using any sanitizer if your hands become irritated. For mild irritation, apply a skin moisturizer.

·        Don’t underestimate proper storage, too. Keep your hand sanitizer in a cool, dry location and further from direct sunlight and heat. Keep it beyond the reach of children.

Photo by Infinity Shutte
Photo by Infinity Shutte

Making your own hand sanitizer can help you avoid the crowds and even save some money. However, it’s essential to use it appropriately and make sure you follow the instructions.

Hand Sanitizer with Alcohol

Yield: 4 oz Active Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Amidst the recent Coronovirus Outbreak, studies are showing that alcohol is required in hand sanitizer to effectively kill the Coronovirus. (source)

Disclaimer: This new recipe does contain alcohol in the recommended levels, but I am not claiming this recipe will actually kill coronavirus, flu, or any other bacteria or virus so please use at your own discretion.


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Why Choose an Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer?

I personally do not use hand sanitizer a lot, but they use it all of the time at my daughter’s school. Every fall and winter her hands get extremely dry and chapped because of it.

Why does hand sanitizer burn and dry the skin out?

Conventional hand sanitizer can contain 60-95% alcohol to effectively kill germs and bacteria. Unfortunately this high percentage of alcohol, repeatedly strips the oils and moisture from the skin. (source)

Repeated use over time, leads to dry, chapped and even bleeding skin.

DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray

This DIY hand sanitizer takes only a few ingredients and just minutes to put together. This easy spray sanitizer recipe can be used on both hands and surfaces to keep yourself and others safe. 


Measure all ingredients by using a kitchen scale. Pour all ingredients into the glass spray bottle, using the funnel. Shake well.

Coronavirus and Hand Sanitizer

At the time of writing this post, Coronavius or COVID-19 specifically, is spreading across the world at a fast pace.

It is currently causing quite a panic as evidenced that 50% of my Facebook wall is littered with Coronavirus news, panic and planning.

Well, one thing we saw over and over again was that water, toilet paper and hand sanitizer were wiped clean off the shelves in the state we live in. So much so, that the news got involved and we have yet to report in cases of Coronavirus that originated in our state (we had some Princess Cruise passengers treated here and now have around 7 infected).

I actually haven’t been out this week, but I was at the grocery store last week when it was hitting high panic and the supplies were all still in stock and no prepper panic had happened yet, so I was surprised to hear about what happened a few days later. I was just doing my normal shopping and it didn’t occur to me personally to stock up on these things if Coronavirus took a bigger turn in spread.


Hello, I’m Tracy! I love making my own natural products like soaps and lotions and my own pantry items like yogurt and salad dressings. Why do I do it? Sometimes to save money, sometimes because it’s healthier, but I always love having control of the ingredients!​ Oh, the things we’ll make!… More about Tracy

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