How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer 

 Originally Written: July 21, 2010

By  Hanna Trafford

Hand sanitizers have become a regular item in many households – putting precautionary measures into place to avoid germs and bacteria. You can purchase them from a selection of hand sanitizers just about anywhere, but like with lots of other items, there is an easy way to make your own. The advantage is that you know what you are putting in and you can adjust strength and effectiveness as you need to.


  • 2/3 cup Isopropyl alcohol 91%
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • Essential oil in your choice of fragrance (optional)
  • A bowl and spoon
  • An empty container

What To do:

  • Mix the aloe vera and Isopropyl alcohol together until well blended.
  • Add 8-10 drops of essential oil to the mixture for fragrance (if desired), and stir well.
  • Pour the finished hand sanitizer into an empty container and seal.

Contains 65% Alcohol


  1. Many essential oils like tea tree oil and lavender have antibacterial properties. Use one of these to boost the germ-zapping power of your hand sanitizer.
  2. Save the bottles from store-bought hand sanitizer, and refill them again and again.
  3. A little goes a long way with this recipe. Once applied, just rub your hands together until the moisture evaporates and the stickiness vanishes.

Hope you have enjoyed this information – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences – your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated.

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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