Homemade Hand Sanitizer

I am joining a group of bloggers for a fun blog hop called $10 on the 10th! The theme is Tips While Social Distancing and could include crafts/ideas for using things around the house, baking, easy meals, DIY hand sanitizer, etc.  You can see links to all their projects at the bottom of this post.

Here is my project…

Maybe you are having a hard time finding hand sanitizer in the stores these days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is an easy recipe I have seen for making your own Homemade Hand Sanitizer. I thought I would give it a try.  I was extremely lucky and already had all the materials at home to make them (and hopefully YOU will too). Here is what you will need.  Check out my post on how to make Homemade Disinfecting Wipes.

Materials Used – Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Some sort container to hold the sanitizer (I used an empty soap dispenser which is not ideal but the best thing I had on hand)
Rubbing Alcohol (I had 91% in my house, you need at least 70%)
Aloe Vera Gel
Optional – Essential Oils (I used lemongrass)

Step 1 in making Homemade Hand Sanitizer…

I did not have any aloe vera gel on hand (and it seems like the stores are sold out right now), but I do have a HUGE real aloe plant (thanks to some friends who grew it and gave it to us before they moved away to a colder climate).  It has since gotten even bigger and now lives in several planters.  Anyway, I made my own aloe gel.  I cut off a bunch of its leaves and scraped out the gel.  After I did that, I put the gel into my mini blender to mash it up and make a gel as best as I could.

Next, I mixed 1/2 cup alcohol with 1/3 cup of aloe gel, then added about 10-15 drops of lemon grass and lavender essential oil.

Essential oils are a natural disinfectant.  Other good essential oils combo include…
Peppermint & Tea Tree
Lemongrass & Lavender
Lavender & Rosemary
Geranium & Lime
Tea Tree & Orange

Lastly, I poured the mixture into an empty soap bottle.  This is not ideal for traveling with it, but was all I had.  My mixture is not as thick as the stuff you buy in the stores but it’ll do the trick in a pinch.  Hope this helps!


And here are the other $10 projects that all my creative blogger friends came up with….

At Home with Jemma

Let’s Add Sprinkles

Blues Sky at Home

Pandora’s Box

Decorate and More with Tip

Paint and Patina

The Apple Street Cottage


  • Reply Tammy April 10, 2020 at 8:30 am

    I love the idea of putting essential oil into the hand sanitizer. And I don’t know why but it never occurred to me to just harvest from the Aloe plant itself! That was a duh, moment for sure. Thanks so much for sharing. Also, Welcome to Ten on the 10th. We are so glad you’re here!

    • Reply Jodi House April 10, 2020 at 8:48 am

      Right??? We have so much aloe. Might as well use it up! The homemade version is definitely a different consistency than the store bought, but it does the trick and it is all natural! Works in a pinch!

  • Reply Ann April 10, 2020 at 9:04 am

    I love how you went straight to the plant for your raw materials, Jodi. You’ve reminded me I need another aloe plant. Thanks for hopping with us!

  • Reply Terrie Tipler April 10, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Jodi what a great time to share your recipe for making hand sanitizer. I am going to have to make this. With the new baby we are going through the sanitizer fast. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Cindy April 10, 2020 at 9:29 am


    Great share and I pinned it. I love the idea of making your own with the scent of your choice.

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Reply Jodi House April 10, 2020 at 9:50 am

      You are welcome! Glad you like it.

  • Reply Jemma April 10, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Good Morning!
    I know I would enjoy using homemade hand sanitizer so much more than store purchased. Living up here in Colorado my hands are so dry anyway, that this aloe infused sanitzer would feel so good! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

  • Reply Katie Mansfield April 10, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Wow. This is amazing. I would never have thought to do this.

  • Reply Michelle April 11, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    I love that you used a real aloe!! This is such a great recipe! My mom has always had an aloe plant so I may be sneaking over and stealing some of hers.

    • Reply Jodi House April 13, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      Good idea! Sneak some from your mom!

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