I have always loved making my own natural beauty products. By making my own products, I can customize them to my exact needs and preferences. In the past I have played around with making my own deodorant, lotion, and lip balm. This summer, I decided to give homemade hand sanitizer a try. This hand sanitizer is particularly great to have around for the kids. And because it is all-natural, it is totally safe for kids of any age!
You can find the full recipe for my homemade sanitizer in the printable recipe card below. When you are making your hand sanitizer, you can choose to use ethyl alcohol or witch hazel. You should be able to find each of these ingredients at your local pharmacy. Just make sure that you are using ethyl alcohol rather than isopropyl alcohol! Isopropyl alcohol (standard rubbing alcohol) is too astringent and dries out the skin. If you cannot decide whether you would rather use ethyl alcohol or witch hazel, I will say that ethyl alcohol has no fragrance, whereas witch hazel does. If you are making this for your kids, they may prefer the ethyl alcohol for this reason.
One of the key ingredients of this homemade hand sanitizer is essential oils. Essential oils not only add a lovely fragrance to the product, but each essential oil can have specific health benefits. Some essential oils are even natural bacteria fighters (perfect for a hand sanitizer!). We used lavender, sweet orange, and geranium to create different hand sanitizers. Lavender is widely known as a calming ingredient, but you may not have known that it is an antibacterial that helps in building your immune system. Geranium is great for your skin because it stimulates blood circulation, which is why I also use it when making my homemade deodorant. I decided to also use sweet orange essential oil because I love citrus scents, and orange oil is a wonderful disinfectant. These are just a few of my favorite essential oils, but you can add any that you prefer to your homemade hand sanitizer!
Once you make your hand sanitizer spray, you can use our printable labels to stick onto your bottles. Download the PDF below and edit the “lavender scented” text with the free font Aleo Italic. Print them onto full sheet label paper and trim each label individually. I also added a link in the Shop this Project section for the 2-ounce spray bottles that I found. For more DIY beauty products, check out my recipes for whipped body butter, almond body scrub, or lavender bath salt. I hope you enjoy! ~ Lia
- 1 tablespoon of ethyl alcohol OR witch hazel
- 2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil
- 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel
- 10-12 drops of essential oils (we used lavender and sweet orange)
- Filtered water
- Mix first 4 ingredients into a cup with a spout (I just used one of our white disposable cups). Pour into a small spray bottle, then fill bottle with filtered water. Shake well before each spray.