When there is no hand sanitizer to be found what can you do? Make your own! It’s very easy to make DIY Hand Sanitizer at home. I’ll show you how to make homemade hand sanitizer with only three ingredients.

Stay safe with this easy Homemade Hand Sanitizer recipe

How to Make Hand Sanitizer

When you can’t wash your hands with soap and water, hand sanitizer is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to those around you. 

With the Coronavirus scare, hand sanitizer is sold out everywhere. I can’t believe it! I have gone all over town and can’t find it anywhere, so making my own was the next best thing!

Making homemade hand sanitizer is super easy to do and you can most likely still find the ingredients you need in most stores. You might even already have these ingredients in your home now!

I’ve made homemade foaming soap and room spray in the past, and this is another easy recipe for you to make at home.

If soap and water are not available, use this simple to make alcohol-based homemade hand sanitizer, then wash with soap and water as soon as you can.

Hand Sanitizer recipe


Prevention Is Key

Stay safe from catching a virus like the flu or Coronavirus by washing your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap, keep from touching your eyes and nose and place bottles of this homemade recipe in your car and home for quick use.

I found a bag of travel containers for five dollars and filled them up with my new sanitizer. Get creative with your containers by using water bottles, mason jars or empty soap dispensers.

DIY Hand Sanitizer - Easy Homemade Recipe


Does Hand Sanitizer kill germs?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, hand sanitizers don’t kill all types of germs, such as a stomach bug called norovirus, some parasites, and Clostridium difficile, which causes severe diarrhea. 


What Ingredients do I need to make hand sanitizer?

You’ll need:

  • Rubbing Alcohol (Isopropyl Alcohol) Get the strongest percentage of alcohol you can find.
  • Aloe Vera Gel – I found this in my grocery store near the sun block in the beauty supply isle. Get it in bulk here.
  • Essential Oil (Optional)
  • Containers such as small travel bottles, spray bottles, recycled water bottles, recycled liquid soap bottles or a mason jar.

Homemade Hand Sanitizer Ingredients


What percentage of alcohol is needed in DIY hand sanitizer?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control recommend ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or a mix of both in a concentration of 60% to 95%. For reference, Purell’s active ingredient is 70% ethanol.

You’ll want a rubbing alcohol that contains at least 90-99% alcohol for this DIY sanitizer. Rubbing alcohol of this strength kills many different kinds of bacteria, including antibiotic resistant bacteria and TB bacteria.

Because we will be mixing it with aloe vera and diluting the mixture, the stronger the alcohol content the better.


Do I really need essential oil?

Rubbing alcohol has a very strong smell and why putting several drops of essential oil into your mixture can make it more pleasant to rub on your hands.

Don’t worry if you do not have essential oils at home, this recipe will still kill germs without it. The alcohol smell goes away after the hand sanitizer dries on your hands.


Can I Substitute Vodka for Rubbing Alcohol?

No, because vodka is usually 80 proof and that is only 40% alcohol. This is not enough alcohol content to kill disease causing viruses or bacteria.


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Homemade Hand Sanitizer

How to make Hand Sanitizer at home. With only 3 ingredients in this recipe, you can help kill germs on your hands when there is no soap and water to wash them.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Yield: 16 oz
Author: Amy Locurto



  • 1 ⅓ cup Isopropyl Alcohol 90% or higher alcohol content
  • cup Aloe Vera Gel
  • 8 drops Essential Oils citrus or lavender


  • Mix ingredients together in a bowl or large liquid measuring cup.
  • Pour hand sanitizer into containers. Use a small funnel if you have one.
  • Place a quarter size on your hands. Rub hands together for 15-20 seconds until they feel dry.
  • Do not rinse or wipe off the hand sanitizer before it's dry.


Makes 2 cups (16 oz)
Plan To Make This?Please share if you do. Mention @LivingLocurto or tag #LivingLocurto on Instagram. We'd love to see!
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Course: Craft
Cuisine: craft
Keyword: cleaning, hand sanitizer, health

Originally published on March 4, 2020. Last Updated on August 30, 2020 by Amy Locurto

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  1. Will Aloe Vera Lotion work and mix up with the alcohol? Can’t find the gel everyone must have gotten your recipe. Thank you for posting this.

  2. the best thing I have found is to whisk it together, that works pretty well. takes a lots of whisking but it doesn’t separate later!

  3. Hello Amy. Thanks for this simple recipe. Can the aloe gel be substituted with glycerin. Its difficult to get aloe gel where I live. Thanks again.

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