How to Make All-Natural Hand Sanitizer

by Andrea Drinkard ; Updated September 28, 2017

To prevent spreading germs to others, kill germs with an all-natural hand sanitizer.

Hand of the hand image by Roman Rvachov from

Because germs are spread so easily, a hand sanitizer is necessary when soap and water are not handy. Hand sanitizers that are sold commercially are comprised of harsh ingredients that can be toxic. To prevent the spread of germs, whip up your own all-natural hand sanitizer.

Pour 2 ounces of plain vodka into a plastic bowl.

Measure 2 teaspoons of witch hazel and add it to the vodka.

Add four to five drops of essential oil to the mixture. You could use tea tree, eucalyptus oil or a combination of the two.

Clean an empty hand sanitizer bottle or purchase a small cosmetic bottle.

Pour the sanitizer mixture into the bottle.

Measure 1/4 cup of grain alcohol and pour into a plastic mixing bowl.

Stir in 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel.

Mix approximately five drops of essential oil into the concoction. Tea tree oil is a good choice for this mixture.

Add five drops of a fragrant oil to enhance the scent. You can add more or less depending on your preference.

Pour the mixture into a recycled sanitizer bottle or cosmetic bottle. A clean makeup or lotion bottle will also work as this mixture will be a bit thicker than the first.

Add water if the mixture is too thick for your preference.


  • When choosing an essential oil, drop a small bit on blotting paper. If there is no stain when the oil has evaporated, the oil is pure and a good choice for your sanitizer. Tea tree oil is beneficial in the treatment of skin rashes so do not be wary of using the sanitizer on poison oak, poison ivy or acne.

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Andrea Drinkard began writing in 2005, specializing in proper nutrition, and disease and treatment articles. She has been featured in "Cosmopolitan" magazine. Drinkard holds Bachelors of Science in biology and kinesiology from the University of Alabama.