Hand sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer gel have taken the place of soap and water for so many people. It’s too easy to grab a $1 bottle at the store, throw in your bag and pull it out every time you need to wash up.

But, hand sanitizers can do more harm than good by killing off the good bacteria on your hands and not really getting rid of the grime and yuk on your hands. So, soap and water is always your best bet!

The best way to get your hands clean is to make sure you’re washing your hands thoroughly – about 24 seconds- or as long as it takes you to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. Easy enough!


But, what do you do if you can’t get to soap and water? Leave your hands all yucky? No way! None of us are going to do that – so having something on hand to kill germs is better than nothing.

That’s why hand sanitizing products are so popular! Instead of reaching for the alcohol and chemical-laden bottles from the store – chose a more natural and healthy, make at home option!

Once you learn how to make hand sanitizer without alcohol, you’re going to love how simple and easy this natural sanitizer is! It’s simple ingredients that are made to help to be kind and gentle to your hands.

supplies needed to make homemade sanitizer

How to Make DIY All-Natural Hand Sanitizer

My favorite essential oil is the base of my hand sanitizer. Young Living’s Thieves or Purification is my oil of choice for this recipe – but any purifying oil would do! (melaleuca, tea tree oil, etc..)

All you need for this DIY Hand Sanitizer is:

You should be able to find the ingredients at any health food store, Amazon or even Target. I like to buy extras of the ingredients in sanitizer so that I have them on hand all the time.

Also, you should be able to make this recipe several times before having to buy more! Very economical! Being able to make your own sanitizer is a great way to save money, too!

How To Make Natural Hand Sanitizer at Home

Step One: Mix ingredients

In a bowl, combine aloe and vitamin E oil.

Step Two. Add oils

Add essential oil and mix.

Step Three: Add water

Add water and mix well to combine.

Step Four: Store

Add more if you need to for the consistency you’d like.

Place in small squeeze containers.

DIY All Natural Hand Sanitizer using essential oils


Do I need to shake the hand sanitizer bottle before using it?

It’s a good idea to give the bottle a quick shake just to make sure nothing has settled in the bottom of the bottle.

Who can use these sanitizers?

They’re great for keeping in your purse or for having in the kid’s backpacks on the go as well!

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DIY All Natural Hand Sanitizer using only 3 ingredients!

DIY All Natural Hand Sanitizer

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  • 5 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
  • 4 Tablespoon Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 8-10 drops Young Living’s Thieves essential oil
  • Small Squeeze Container


  • In a bowl, combine aloe and vitamin E oil.
  • Add essential oil and mix.
  • Add water and mix well to combine.
  • Add more if you need to for the consistency you’d like.
  • Place in small squeeze containers.
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That’s it! Make up a couple of bottles for your diaper bag, purse, and the kid’s backpacks! My kids love that Mom made it for them and the kids at school always talk about how good they smell, too! Score!

If you want to get your own Thieves essential oil – or any others you can buy it at retail or wholesale!

DIY All Natural Hand Sanitizer

Check back next week when I share my recipe for Homemade Cleansing Wipes – similar to my Homemade Diaper Wipes but a little different! But, in the meantime whip up your own DIY Hand Sanitizer and be one more step closer to a healthier life!

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  1. Lady Liberty Hen says:

    It’ such a good idea to have a natural alternative to all the awful chemicals around. If I can find the ingredients here in the UK, I will definitely be adding this to my handbag. Thanks for the inspiration, Tribe building and best wishes

    1. Hi in the UK! Hope you can find the ingredients – try Amazon!

  2. I am very jazzed to have found your page. I am kind of a green freak and natural ways to clean or stay healthy are awesome. I can’t wait to share this with my friends.
    Many Hugs,

    SITS Tribe 🙂

    1. OH good Jennifer! So great to see you!

  3. I really love this! On guard is one of my favorite oils too but I never thought to make my own sanitizer. Pinning this. Thanks for the recipe! Tribe building!

    1. It is the best! Check out my post on all the ways to use On Guard!

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