How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Over the counter hand sanitizer usually has a high content of alcohol and can be very drying to your hands.

Of course, there is always the question of whether or not it’s really safe, as your skin absorbs whatever is put on it as well. Do you need another lecture or talk on the issues with trioclosan?

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I like to have hand sanitizer with me, especially for the kids at TaeKwondo. They are on the same mats with their hands as their feet, and germs can spread like wildfire. Ugh! So, I have learned how to make my own and now I will share with you the recipe that I like the most for making your own hand sanitizer.
You’ll need just a few simple ingredients. That is per the usual around here. I don’t like to make things that are complicated, and I am sure that most of you don’t either. Keeping it simple, keeping it real is what I am about.

Anyway, gather these:

(the citrus oil is the anti microbial part…if you don’t like the scent of grapefruit, you could use lemon, lime, or sweet orange and get the same results)

Now, for the difficult part.

Stand on your head, swirl around and say “clean hands for everyone” while cooking all the ingredients to a roaring 3000° degrees. Oh, wait…that’s a different recipe. Sorry about that. What you REALLY need to do is just combine all the ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Label with all the ingredients, and shake each time before use. To use, simple shake, and spray each hand one time. Allow to air dry. Store at room temperature. I actually have a bottle in my purse at all times for taekwondo, or trips the museums or such. I am not afraid of germs, but when you can’t wash your hands after touching something, it’s nice to be able to feel a bit cleaner.

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21 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer”

  1. I always think things like hand sanitizer would be difficult to make. This is an easy recipe and as soon as I find thieves, I will be making some!

  2. Dannellys Rosario

    This is a pretty easy one to make actually. I definitely need to try it. Hand sanitizer can cost a lot of money when you are constantly
    buying them. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Clancy Cash Harrison MS, RD, LDN

    I need to make this for my daughter. She is driving me crazy b/c she sees other kids with it and wants me to buy it for her- ugh! I am so excited I found this today.

  4. Love this! I always try to steer clear of hand sanitizers because well, I try to steer clear of chemicals in general. But like you said, sometimes you need a sanitizer! Love this natural alternative!

  5. Please can you tell me what thieves is. Does it come by another name at all as I have never heard of it? Thanks for your help

    1. it’s actually an essential oil blend of cinnamon, rosemary and clove essential oils. It’s not under any other name as far as I know…if you are interested in trying some, let me know…I have a sample or two that I can send you!

  6. This is quite easy to make hand sanitizer at home. Thanks for sharing can’t wait to make one for myself.

  7. I’m gunshy about citrus oils on little ones- they are phototoxic, which means they will burn the skin when exposed to sunlight. Can we use something like thyme, oregano or lavender?

    1. Heather HippyHomesteader

      If you would like, lavender is antimicrobial and okay for small children as well. However, keep in mind that the amount of oils that you would actually get on your skin with each spray is rather small and phototoxicity shouldn’t be a major factor. You could also used lime that has been steam pressed as that has NO phototoxicity issues.

  8. Thank you for sharing the first hand sanitizer recipe that doesn’t feel like (forgive me for sounding crude) mucus! I love it and plan on making several bottles of it to give as “stocking stuffers” to my family at Christmas. Your ideas are practical and very well written.

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