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How to Make DIY Aloe Vera and Lavender Hand Sanitizer

Suzanne is a qualified beautician and has worked for many leading fragrance houses over the years.

This article will show you how to create your own homemade hand sanitizer from just four simple ingredients.

This article will show you how to create your own homemade hand sanitizer from just four simple ingredients.

What we put on our bodies is as important as what we put into them, especially since we can absorb over half of what we apply. By choosing to omit the bad ingredients like toxins, chemicals and synthetic fragrances, we can whip up some healthy choices for all the family in the kitchen, all while costing considerably less.

This hand sanitizer is a perfect example of utilizing simple ingredients that stem from plants. What I have chosen to omit is just as important as what I chose to leave in this recipe. No irritating alcohol or hormone-disrupting toxins, which are both regularly found in commercial brands. There are homemade sanitizers that do have rubbing alcohol and vegetable glycerine added, but I have not tried these yet.

I wanted to go the no-alcohol route and keep costs down, while making an effective product that I could use on children over the age of two.

Aloe vera offers an abundance of uses—all from one plant.

Aloe vera offers an abundance of uses—all from one plant.

Homemade Aloe Vera and Lavender Hand Sanitizer Recipe

Here's how to make your own DIY aloe vera and lavender hand sanitizer:

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops sweet orange essential oil (optional)
  • distilled water
  • 4 oz dark glass spray bottle (blue, amber or green)

Directions

  1. Start by pouring your distilled water about 3/4 of the way up your bottle.
  2. Add the aloe vera gel.
  3. Carefully add the lavender and sweet orange essential oils.
  4. Secure with cap and give a good shake to mix.
  5. Apply a couple of sprays into the palms of the hands and rub hands together.
  6. Repeat as often as you desire.

Tips

  • Make sure you keep the hand sanitizer out of reach of children and pets. While this recipe does not contain alcohol, the essential oils are potent and volatile, and thus not safe to be ingested by curious kids or pets.
  • I would recommend buying the best quality ingredients and go with organic brands of the aloe vera gel and essential oils to be sure of getting the very best nutrients and benefits.
Lavender is one of the best plants to have at home thanks to its versatility and many benefits.

Lavender is one of the best plants to have at home thanks to its versatility and many benefits.

Handbag, Trial Size or Travel Size Recipe

You can also change the main recipe to the following quantities and use a 1 oz bottle:

  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 drop of each essential oil (or 2 drops of lavender oil)
  • distilled water

Simply follow the same directions as above, and you're all set. This size is good for keeping in the car, handbag, baby room, bathroom, kitchen, as a trial run or when traveling.

The 1 oz bottles come in especially handy when traveling.

The 1 oz bottles come in especially handy when traveling.

Where to Find High-Quality Aloe Vera Gel

I found out some time ago that aloe vera gel can be a difficult one to find without some unsavory ingredients. Here are some of the good guys that I would recommend.

Mountain Rose Herbs

This is a fabulous site to check out and you can purchase directly from them online. Their aloe vera gel contains aloe vera gel, xanthan gum, citric acid and potassium sorbate. Their gel can be a great value at $5.75 for 16 oz. Be sure to watch out for other special offers too.

Aloe Farms

This is a small business based in Texas that uses organically grown aloe vera. Their gel comes in different quantities and contains 99.75% aloe vera, potassium sorbate, and citric and ascorbic acid. A 32 oz (2 pk) size is $18.50, and they are also available all over the USA. For local stockists, check out their website.

Other Essential Oils You Can Use

These essential oils are antiseptic, antibacterial and many are anti-viral—they're versatile in the home, not too expensive and overall very cost effective. From house cleaners to homemade skin care, there are hundreds of uses and benefits for these oils. I have given a quick highlight of their many therapeutic benefits.

  • Tea Tree: promotes calmness and makes us more alert. It's not the most attractive smelling option, but it is a big bug buster, as it's extremely antiseptic and antibacterial.
  • Peppermint: energizing, calming and improves mental clarity.
  • Cinnamon: one of the most antiseptic oils. It helps reduce drowsiness improves concentration.
  • Eucalyptus: stimulating, removes fatigue, increases alertness, rejuvenating.
  • Lemon: reviving, energizing, helps lift moods, rejuvenating.
  • Rosemary: an excellent choice that improves memory, information retention and alertness.
  • Grapefruit: improves immune system, lifts depression and helps headaches and tiredness.
  • Clove: excellent disinfectant properties. It helps lift depression, fights lethargy and strengthens memory.

Though I have only used two so far, why not try a spin on the traditional Thieves oil?

Use five drops each of cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus and rosemary oils. Add 10 drops of either orange, grapefruit or lemon oils. The original recipe for this sanitizer used the mythical Thieves oil blend in higher quantities, but I tweaked it and found it was just as good in small amounts.

When it comes to essential oils, a little goes a long way.

When it comes to essential oils, a little goes a long way.

Think Kitchen Cabinet Before the Medicine Cabinet

Making your own product for keeping the hands free of germs and bugs is cheap, easy and can easily be adapted to meet your own needs or those of your family.

Looking at the changes through the years, it is good to see more awareness today on the hidden dangers that lie in mainstream products and the alternatives available. Try thinking kitchen cabinet instead of the medicine cabinet, and you will be amazed at what you come up with!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway

Comments

Akriti Mattu from Shimla, India on May 17, 2015:

Woww this is so cool and useful. Thanks for sharing

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 10, 2015:

Thanks The Dirt Farmer for dropping by, much appreciate it and good to hear you enjoyed! Cheers for pinning and sharing on!

Jill Spencer from United States on May 09, 2015:

Spring and summer seem like the perfect time to make and use this soothing hand sanitizer. Aloe & lavender-- what a lovely combination! Pinned & shared. Thanks! --Jill

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 12, 2015:

Great ideas on how to make your own hand gel. Sounds very easy to do. Voted up!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on June 08, 2014:

This looks like a wonderful thing to do. I loved the video where the children taught us how to make natural hand gel. It makes you feel like if they can do it, why can't we? Great hub.

precy anza from USA on April 03, 2014:

I will definitely make this, have the lavender oil, my favorite essential oil and have the aloe plant too :) Up and shared!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 24, 2013:

Hi GTF,

Don't you just love these ingredients? Well, I am biased I guess! Hope you enjoy trying this recipe out and that your daughter will find it useful at school. Thanks for the thumbs up and sharing on!

Claudia Mitchell on October 24, 2013:

I love this idea. We are always using hand sanitizers and I know at school my daughter uses them. This is much better than the ones purchased because it doesn't have all of the chemicals. Definitely trying this one! Pinned etc...

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 27, 2013:

Hi Toytasting,

I wanted to go the non-alcoholic route on this one from reading articles and then Cyndi's hub on issues and dangers with children and alcohol in hand sanitizers. Certain recipes need some alcohol but then others don't. Hope you enjoy making this one! Appreciate your comment :-)

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on September 27, 2013:

Hi Suzie, the hub is really interesting. I specially liked the non-alcoholic part. To my surprise, it is so easy to make it. Though I need to buy some oils, yet I am surely trying this soon.

Thanks for sharing! :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 27, 2013:

Hi Samita,

Many thanks for checking this out. Good to hear you have some Aloe plants that have so many uses and purify the air of toxins. Appreciate your votes, shares and pins!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 25, 2013:

Hi teaches,

You are fortunate to have a few of these magical plants growing, so useful for home remedies. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing!

Dianna Mendez on September 24, 2013:

We have a couple of these plants and they grow like crazy in their containers. I may have to clip a few and make this wonderful treatment.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 24, 2013:

Hi Sue,

Glad you found this useful and hopefully you will give it a go! Orange is a gorgeous scent, then I adore the citrus ones! Thanks for the votes of confidence in shares and pins too!!

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on September 24, 2013:

Suzie I love this. The commercial ones are so harsh. Particularly like the addition of Orange oil. Voted up, shared, pinned.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 22, 2013:

Hi Alicia,

So good of you to drop by. Hope you do give trying this yourself it is easy and effective and useful for all the family to use. Many thanks for taking time to drop me a comment!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 22, 2013:

I love these recipes, Suzie! I'm very concerned about what I put on my skin, since as you say so many substances can be absorbed through the skin into the body. Your suggestions for hand sanitizer recipes sound easy to make as well as healthy. Thanks for sharing them.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 21, 2013:

Hi Elizabeth,

Many thanks for commenting always wonderful to have you visit. I am a bit the same, love having a few small sizes for "on the move" occasions and used to keep one in work. Hope you enjoy making this and utilizing it :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 21, 2013:

Hi Rebecca,

Lovely to see you hope life in Georgia is going well! Thanks so much for your compliment. I must say when I think about the amount of DIY products I have done, I cannot quite believe it myself! It is so addictive! Cheers for popping by :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 21, 2013:

Hi Thelma,

Nice to see you and great to see you enjoyed this one. I love aloe vera I have to say since making a few recipes with it . i always had a lovely one I used on its own I got in a great health store in Dublin and it was excellent. The plant is amazing to grow so lucky you! Have a great weekend and thanks so much for your comments!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 21, 2013:

Hi Janet,

Cheers so much for taking time to read and comment. I find this so handy and prefer the idea of no alcohol. Glad you enjoyed and have a great weekend!

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on September 21, 2013:

Fantastic hub. I carry hand sanitizer everywhere. There's one in my car, one in my purse and one in my travel bag...and one at work. I need to make this one! :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on September 21, 2013:

Wow, Suzie HQ, you have the most awesome collection of DIY products. I love the way you opened up with this one. It is so scary to think about diseases that are resistant to antibiotics.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on September 21, 2013:

Wow! This is great. I have aloe vera plants in the garden and I can´t wait to be home again to be more creative than here where I am at the moment. I love this homemade sanitizer as there´s no alcohol included. Thank you Suzie. Have a lovely weekend!

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on September 21, 2013:

Very interesting opening and a great recipe. It's good to have healthier alternatives for the chemical sanitizers.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 20, 2013:

Hi Cyndi,

Ah, thanks so much! Appreciate the link back, too kind! Bless your cotton socks! LOL Cheers for stopping into my neck of the woods :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 20, 2013:

Hi Rose,

Thanks so very much, love hearing from you. Appreciate your comments, hope you get to give making it a try!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 20, 2013:

Hi natasha,

Glad you enjoyed and feel you may give it a go! Cheers for dropping in :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 20, 2013:

Hi Shauna,

We need to have antibodies so yes there is some truth in too much use of sanitizers is bad for us. I would think the use of commercial brands that have toxic ingredients would be the main reasons for alarm. For this recipe it is simple ingredients and by choosing to go the organic route you are using the very best of properties . Using hand sanitizers in conjunction with chemical free soap and water is best . Cheers for your interest, hope that helps!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 20, 2013:

Hi Chitrangada,

Lovely to see you again, you are such a loyal supporter! So glad you enjoyed this one, it is so much easier and beneficial than other commercial or alcohol based ones, particularly with children . Appreciate you sharing by pinning!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on September 20, 2013:

Awesomerockin' hub! Thank you so much for the link and I can now link up to yours. HUGS

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 20, 2013:

I love the parable. It's so funny how these things work. I love the idea of making your own hand sanitizer! Thanks for another great recipe.

Natasha from Hawaii on September 20, 2013:

Cool recipe! I actually never use commercially available hand sanitizers, but I might make my own!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 20, 2013:

Suzie, I've read that using hand sanitizers diminishes the antibodies that naturally exist in our bodies, so I never use them. Is the same true of DIY recipes?

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 20, 2013:

Hi FlourishAway,

Lovely to receive your thoughts and comments. So glad you too enjoyed the parable. Hope you get to try this out sometime it is handy having it in small sizes for carrying around I find. I am a sucker for fragrance and always have to have some essential oils the only way to get pure scent. Appreciate you stopping by, you are always a welcome friend who I love to see!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 20, 2013:

Hi Suzanne!

Another very useful and informative hub by you! I liked your opening lines and of course beautiful pictures and excellent use of natural ingredients. Aloe Vera is such a wonderful plant for cosmetics as well as for its medicinal benefits.

Your recipe of hand sanitizer is worth trying with the help of your excellent instructions.

Thanks for sharing, Voted up and pinned!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 20, 2013:

Hi greatstuff,

I love markets too especially all the homemade things, crafts and food! So glad you feel you will try making your own sanitizer, have fun and enjoy! it could not be easier! Appreciate your comment and interest :-)

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 20, 2013:

I really like this hub, was drawn in immediately by the parable. I like that the products contain no drying alcohol and benefit from healing aloe which I love. The smell good stuff is just an added bonus! Kudos!

Mazlan from Malaysia on September 19, 2013:

We were at the Sunday market last weekend and there’s a stall selling all kinds of homemade soaps and sanitizers. We bought a few, but now that I know how it’s done, at least for the sanitizer (thanks to you!) we will try to do one our self. Thanks for sharing

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 19, 2013:

Hi Crystal,

Appreciate your kind words, I thought it worked well too and loved it. Cheers for the thumbs up by votes, sharing and pin!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 19, 2013:

Hi Mary,

Thanks for your comment on the opening, i just loved that parable, it really summed up my homemade solutions perfectly. So true too when you think about it. Cheers for that on peppermint and witch hazel, always good to have extra ammunition for mosquito attacks! both can be used in hand sanitizer too.

Thanks so much for the votes, sharing and pin!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 19, 2013:

Hi Bill,

Many thanks for your continued support. Wonderful to have your friendship since the early days of my starting here. Thanks so much for your lovely comment, I have learnt a great deal from reading and researching and combined it with my background and interests in a nutshell! My two Bills are priceless to me! Thanks for all you do!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 19, 2013:

Hi Brandi,

I love you have a potbelly pig! Wilbur sounds a character, love to see him in action! How great you are managing to keep lavender and mini roses from Wilbur's eye, the things you can do with your crop!! Make sure to dry some too to infuse into oils, potpourri and add to some delicious body scrubs! Appreciate your support!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on September 19, 2013:

I love the parable you included in the intro - so true! Voted up of course and sharing and pinning.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 19, 2013:

Hi Bill,

I knew lavender was a pull for you! LOL Guaranteed to read! Trying it out . . .well, i have to work harder on that! LOL

Always a delight and i tried to get one in "daytime" for my overseas friends, it is 1 am here!! Cheers yoda!

Mary Craig from New York on September 19, 2013:

I love your opening. How true that things have come full circle and we know so much more about our "additives". Certainly making your own guarantees purity and you've made it so easy.

Peppermint oil and witch hazel are said to be good for keeping mosquitoes away! Just an FYI.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared and pinned.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on September 19, 2013:

Great job Suzie. Another great addition. I was thinking about hand sanitizer to take on our upcoming trip so maybe I'll give this a try. Can't tell you how impressed I am with your knowledge in this area. In the words of my buddy Bill, keep them coming. Share, voted up, pinned, etc...

CraftytotheCore on September 19, 2013:

Suzie, this is beautiful. I love lavender. I finally have some growing out back in my little garden with mini roses. Wilbur my pot-belly pig hasn't found it yet, otherwise, he'd probably eat it. :D

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 19, 2013:

You know for a fact that by mentioning lavender I will show up...that and the fact that you finally posted a hub during the day instead of the middle of the night. :)

Keep them coming Suzie and I'll be right here. Well done!

bill

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