DIY Hand Sanitiser - Alcohol free and all natural

January 11, 2014

A few months ago one of my best friends had her baby shower and I made her lots of DIY gifts - loads of things with Shea Butter in there for stretch marks etc. They went down well but the best item (in my opinion) was the DIY hand sanitiser.

A pregnant lady wants to keep germs at bay but without using lots of chemicals... That got me thinking, could I make one myself? And would it work? So, I came up with this DIY hand sanitiser idea using aloe vera and essential oils. I can honestly say this is an original invention of my very own! I'm quite proud of that fact :-)

When I make this sanitiser for myself I just use a small round pot but for my friend's gift I bought a mini pump dispenser from Boots so it was almost identical to the hand sanitiser bottles you can buy and keep in your handbag.

Aloe Vera is the base for this sanitiser, it is know for it's antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities so it is a brilliant starting point. It is also very moisturising for your skin, so it's a nice little hand cream as well.

I did some research on which essential oils are best for killing germs. I can't remember what I did for my friend, I would have chosen ones that are safe for pregnant people. For the one I made for myself the other day I decided to go for a citrus scent; lemon, grapefruit and bergamot oil. The bergamot oil is very good for deodorising so not only will your hands be germ free, the sanitiser will also help to remove any lingering odours. The lemon and grapefruit are also very good germ killers and both fresh scents.

You can, however, choose any you like. Do a bit of research, go for something you like the smell of. next time I'll be using tea tree oil as that is very well known for it's germ killing powers.
I risked citrus oils as it is winter time - you would have to be more careful in summer as some citrus oils can be photo sensitive and react in sunlight.
So, below is a rough guide of how much to use but please adapt the recipe to your needs.
If you have particularly sensitive skin or you are using essential oils for the first time you may want to reduce the amount of oil you use.

You will need:
1 pot, bottle or small dispenser

2 teaspoons of pure Aloe Gel

5 drops of Lemon Oil

5 drops of Grapefruit Oil

5 drops of Bergamot Oil

Add them all together and mix well... It is that simple! All done and ready to use!

So now you have a lovely, moisturising, deodorising, hand sanitiser that works well at killing germs without drying your hands out or using chemicals.

I hope you give this a try, it's particularly useful to have with you at this time of year! Urgh, cold and flu season is certainly upon us!

Rach xx


  1. Wow brilliant! !! :-) Thank you for opening my eyes to this xx

    1. no problem! I love the idea and practicality of a hand sanitiser (especially with a young child) but I hate the idea of the alcohol and chemicals - this seemed like a great solution. Thanks for reading!! :-) xx

  2. Again, really cool :) the alcohol ones are so drying and smell awful! I have some aloe vera gel, never thought to do this! Thanks xx

    1. yay thank you! So glad you like it :-) thanks again for stopping by xx

  3. I have to use alcohol hand gel at work and I hate it. There is nothing pleasant about rubbing alcohol into sore and cracked hands. This is a very helpful post x

    1. That must be frustrating (and painful) Karen, doesn't sound nice :-( thanks for the feedback and thanks so much for reading :-) x


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