Safety is always a number one priority especially when we have little kids who carry germs like crazy! Washing your hands is always the most effective way of killing germs, however, you don’t always have access to soap and water when you are on the go. You can try these awesome recipes for a natural hand sanitizer, they don’t require many ingredients and are super easy to customize with great smelling essential oils!

We recommend trying these great smelling oils for your own hand sanitizer recipe:

You will need a mixer agent when making your hand sanitizer.

Aloe vera: Is great as an additive to both of the mixing agents below, it adds moisture and a little thickness to the solution. 

Witch hazel: Nourishes the skin and can be a great substitute for an alcohol-free recipe. Witch hazel is also great for sensitive skin or for children.

Alcohol (190 proof): This is the most common ingredient used in hand sanitizers, it has strong anti-microbial properties and keeps the integrity of the solution. Although great for killing bacteria it can be very drying to the skin, this is where the added aloe vera makes a huge difference. 

To make your solution just mix all the ingredients together in a small glass bottle, we suggest amber glass for the longest shelf life. Below are a couple of ideas for you to consider. 


Citrus, Alcohol-Free:

  • 2oz glass spray bottle
  • 5 drops vitamin E oil 
  • 3 drops of witch hazel 
  • 10 drops of orange oil 
  • 15 drops of tea tree oil 
  • 10 drops of lemon oil 
  • Fill the bottle the rest of the way up with distilled water

Mint Hand Sanitizer: 

Floral Hand Sanitizer:

Nourishing Hand Sanitizer:

  • 2 oz spray bottle 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil 
  • 2-3 drops of vitamin E oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of glycerin 
  • 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel 
  • 5 drops each of orange, lemon, lavender, copaiba oil 
  • Fill the rest of the way with alcohol.

*These are DIY Solutions and not evaluated by the FDA. Hand washing is still the most effective way of killing bacteria.