DIY Hand Sanitizer

Today we’re sharing a recipe for DIY hand sanitizer.  This is a great thing to be able to know how to make especially when there’s a shortage and you need an alternative to hand washing.

Why DIY Hand Sanitizer?

During this COVID-19 pandemic, hand sanitizer has become hard to find.  Not only is it hard to find has also increased in price.  You will be amazed how easy it is to make your own hand sanitizer.  You can make it by only using rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel.  You can also custom the scent with the addition of essential oils.

During a time where washing hands is so important to kill germs, but you don’t always have the availability to wash your hands.  Like you’re running errands, shopping, or just feeling like you need to wash your hands after being handed take out.  While nothing truly replaces good old fashioned hand washing, hand sanitizer is the next best thing. 

You may have noticed some commercially produced hand sanitizer have a strong chemical smell.  As you are applying it to your hands, you question the ingredients that cause it to smell the way it does and how healthy it is to be applying to your skin.  

Many people have sensitivity to smells which is another reason you can struggle with store bough hand sanitizers.  For those who have this sensitivity you can completely leave out essential oils but we find the addition to be quite lovely.   

DIY Hand Sanitizer

Make your own hand sanitizer at home!

Author Sunup to Sundown


  • 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol (99% isopropyl alcohol)
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • essential oil of your choice (15-20 drops)


  1. Combine rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel in a bowl. Stir in essential oil if you desire.

  2. Transfer to a clean pump or squeeze bottle.

We’d love to hear what you think about the recipe.  Please give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below.  Thank you for stopping by and visiting Sunup to Sundown!  We’ll be back soon with another recipe or update regarding our garden or our journey to becoming more self-reliant.  Please subscribe, like or share this post with others who could benefit from it.

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