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DIY Hand Sanitizer

A recipe for a homemade hand sanitizer


  • 1 1/2 cups alcohol
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil


  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Pour into a BPA free plastic or glass container with a pump or spout.


Use a strong alcohol. I use 190 proof grain alcohol that I buy in bulk from www.organicalcohol.com. It is expensive, so if you only want a small amount you could go in on a gallon with a few friends. Everclear is another option. You can find it in a store where they carry liquor, but you will have to ask for it. Rubbing alcohol is the next best alternative. Vodka is not really strong enough, and it’s iffy as far as killing off viruses is concerned. But if vodka was all I had, I’d use it.
You can also try other combinations of essential oils, such as thyme, oregano, eucalyptus, rosemary, oregano, ravensara, and clove, but use fewer drops of these especially if your skin is sensitive.