RECIPE: Do-It-Yourself Hand Sanitizer


I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of the hand sanitizers sold in stores today. There seems to be a lot of chemicals I don’t want on my daughter’s hands, plus I do agree with the notion the more we use these antibacterial soaps and such, the stronger the bugs will become.



  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • 2 teaspoons pure aloe vera gel
  • 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops each: lavender, tea tree, and frankincense essential oils
  • Filtered water


Combine witch hazel, aloe, vitamin e oil, and essential oils in a measuring cup with a spout. Transfer to a small spray bottle. Add enough filtered water to fill almost fill it, leaving a little space at the top. Shake well before each application.

Note: I used aloe vera gel that includes other ingredients; 100% aloe gel liquid can also be used, though the spray will be a little thinner.

This recipe was originally taken from


I’m excited to make more of this. It’s a useful product and I feel so much better knowing my child is using natural things rather than yet more chemicals.