How to Make Hand Sanitizer at Home
With germs running rampant right now, it’s important to always have sanitizer on hand. But most hand sanitizers are full of toxic chemicals that won’t do you any better. That’s why I’m here to show you how to make hand sanitizer spray easily at home!
Chances are, you already have the ingredients on hand. Just take a look in your first-aid cabinet. This homemade hand sanitizer is especially useful in a pinch when you can’t get to the store. But how is this hand sanitizer better than what’s already available?
Pin this image for later!
This post contains affiliate links. You can learn more here.
Is Hand Sanitizer Better than Washing Your Hands?
The short answer is no. But it’s good for when you’re stuck in a pinch. Like if you’re camping and don’t have easy access to soap and water. A good hand sanitizer like this one is great to have on hand.
Let me be clear here: The CDC has never fully supported hand sanitizer. It’s been proven that hand sanitizer does not get rid of 100% of germs. Washing your hands with soap and water actually gets rid of germs, while hand sanitizer only kills most of the germs. (source)
So with that in mind, I just want to make it clear that I’m in no way saying this is better than washing your hands. But this is great for situations when you don’t have access to that. I’m currently writing this article at the height of the Coronavirus pandemic, so this can be good for families that aren’t able to go out and get their own sanitizer.
I also want to mention that if you do have access to a sink with soap and clean water, make sure that you use a nontoxic soap as well. And there are so many natural soaps to choose from! My personal favorite is just about anything from Dr. Bronner’s. The lavender soap pump smells great and gets the job done just fine.
Why Natural Hand Sanitizer is Better than Regular Hand Sanitizer
But if you foresee yourself in a situation that involves using hand sanitizer because there’s nothing else available, making your own is still a good option. All of those commercial hand sanitizers are full of fragrance and unnecessary ingredients.
You know those cute little pocketbac hand sanitizers with those adorable silicone holders you see waiting in line at Bath and Body Works? Yeah, those aren’t doing much for killing germs. It’s been stated by the CDC that an effective hand sanitizer must be at least 60% alcohol to kill most germs. (source) Even then, they say to wash your hands ASAP.
Here’s the kicker: Those little hand sanitizers are only 10% alcohol!! In other words, you’re not killing germs on your hands at all. You’re just slathering them with a cocktail of artificial fragrance and glitter that consists of who knows how many toxic ingredients!
That’s why it’s simply better to raid your first aid cabinet and make your own hand sanitizer. Yeah, it’s not the best option, but it’s better than having germy hands and touching everything in your wake. If it’s the difference between a sick family and a healthy one, it’s a measure I’m willing to take.
How to Make Hand Sanitizer Spray
Now that we have all of the formalities out of the way, let’s move on to the stuff you’re actually here for! The things you will need for this hand sanitizer recipe are:
- Small amber glass spray bottle
- Rubbing alcohol
- Aloe vera gel
- 15 drops Lavender and 20 drops Tea Tree Essential Oils
Take your spray bottle and fill it 3/4 of the way full with rubbing alcohol. Fill the last 1/4 with aloe vera, add in your essential oils, shake, spray, and go! That’s it! This recipe is super simple, which is why I love it so much.
How to Make a Hand Sanitizer Gel
If you have a little squirt bottle on hand and you’d like to use a gel instead of a spray for hand sanitizer, I’ve got you covered. Make your own hand sanitizer gel by making room for about a tablespoon of vegetable glycerin.
This is the natural vegetable glycerin that I like to use. It’s by a reputable brand that keeps purity and its customer’s health in mind. Just be careful that you don’t buy any with unnecessary additives in it!
Not only will vegetable glycerin thicken up your DIY hand sanitizer into a gel, it will help keep your hands extra moisturized! I’ve used glycerin in my DIY makeup setting spray and it’s never failed me.
Tips and Tricks with Making Your Own Hand Sanitizer
First, I want to mention that if the rubbing alcohol you have in your cabinet isn’t 60%, it’s okay to go with what you have. I totally get it if you don’t want to go out into the great unknown just for that. You’ll still be doing much better than most of the traditional hand sanitizers on the market.
I know that aloe vera seems like a weird ingredient for this homemade hand sanitizer spray, but it’s an absolute must! Having rubbing alcohol on your hands every few hours will dry them out much faster than you think. And aloe vera is an excellent moisturizer, among many other things. I also highly recommend you keep some natural DIY lotion on hand as well.
As for the essential oils, I went with tea tree and lavender because they are antibacterial and antimicrobial. It’s true that lavender isn’t as powerful as tea tree, but I think we could all use some calming benefits right now!
I get all of my essential oils from Rocky Mountain Oils. Last time I looked, they still had plenty in stock! It’s a great way to get ahold of calming or antibacterial essential oils without going out and dealing with the crowds. You can read my Rocky Mountain Oils review to learn more about them as a company and what they have to offer.
Final Thoughts On How to Make Hand Sanitizer Spray
I hope that this post gave you a little more peace of mind during this difficult time. Or at least gave you an excuse not to go to the store! Everything will calm down before we know it, but at this time it’s best to stay home and practice social distancing.
There are so many new things you can try now that we’re all stuck at home! I have natural DIY’s that will keep you busy for days. Or if you need someone to talk to, my inbox is always open.
Learning how to make hand sanitizer spray is just one thing you can do to make this pandemic die out faster. Just remember to stay calm, stay grounded, and stay inside! If you ever need to go out, always keep this DIY hand sanitizer with you for sticky situations.
What are you doing to stay healthy? Let me know in the comments below!
Related to this DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe:
- How to Stay Calm with Mindfulness Meditation for beginners
- 9 Easy Self-Care Tips for Spring After a Long Winter
- 4 Ways the Power of Gratitude Can Make Your Life Suck Less
- All-Natural DIY Vapor Rub Recipe
- Homemade Mop Solution for Any Floor Type with Essential Oils
- DIY All-Purpose Cleaner You Can Make Right Now
- Easy DIY Toilet Cleaner with No Harsh Chemicals