How to make homemade hand sanitizer


With a few ingredients you may already have in your medicine cabinet, it’s easy to make an alcohol-based homemade hand sanitizer.

With new reported cases of the coronavirus coming out every day now, it’s important to practice regular hand washing and good hygiene to help prevent the spread of the disease.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no vaccine to prevent the new strain of coronavirus, known as COVID -19. The best way to prevent the illness is to avoid exposure and to take everyday preventive actions to help spread the disease. This includes washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer continuing at least 60 percent alcohol.

Ever since the CDC released this advisory, there has been a rush on hand sanitizers with some retail locations selling out. If you weren’t able to get a bottle for yourself, you can make your own using ingredients available in any drug store and most grocery stores.

What you need

  • 2/3 cup Isopropyl alcohol, 91 percent. Also known as rubbing alcohol
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • Essential oil in your choice of fragrance (optional)
  • Small or medium mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • An empty container like a bottle from a travel toiletries kit or a small glass mason jar
  • A small piece of masking tape or adhesive labels for labeling

What to do

Stir the Isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel together in the mixing bowl until they are well blended. Next, add 8-10 drops of your scented essential oil. This is not necessary, but it does make it smell nice. Stir the oil in until thoroughly incorporated.

Next, pour the handmade sanitizer into your empty container and seal it up. Write “Hand Sanitizer” on the piece of masking tape or label and stick it on the bottle.

Meeting CDC guidelines

When followed exactly, this recipe produces a hand sanitizer with 60.66 percent alcohol content and meets the CDC recommendation of a sanitizer of at least 60 percent alcohol content. 

It’s also important to remember that according to the CDC using soap and water is the number one way to keep your hands germ free. But in a pinch, hand sanitizer is the best runner up option.

  1. Ohioren says

    This DIY is so simple and easy. I will definitely try it out.

  2. CalGirl says

    I sent this recipe to my entire school staff at the beginning of the quarantine….b/c sanitizer was gone from the shelve immediately at the onset. Several colleagues made this and thanked me. EASY to do and effective (I didn’t include the essential oil ingredient, thought it might make people think they needed it, and if they didn’t have it, turn away from the “recipe.”)

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