How to Make Aloe Vera and Lavender Hand Sanitizer

Updated on June 29, 2016
How to Make Aloe Vera and Lavender Hand Sanitizer
How to Make Aloe Vera and Lavender Hand Sanitizer | Source

200 B.C. “Here, eat this root”

A.D. 1000 “That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer”.

A.D. 1850 “That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion”.

A.D. 1940 “That potion is snake oil. Here, take this pill”.

A.D. 1985 “That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic”.

A.D. 2000 “That antibiotic does not work. Here, take this root”.

Back to Basics

I love this parable. We have come full circle it seems.

Back to basics: back to nature and all it has to offer. Throw in modern technology, extensive research and blend them all together and you have a magical recipe for homemade solutions that work on mind body and soul.

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

An abundant of uses from one plant, Aloe Vera
An abundant of uses from one plant, Aloe Vera | Source

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 the ones in this recipes.

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 cost down while making an effective product I could use on children over the age of 2.

Oranges are aromatic and therapeutically beneficial
Oranges are aromatic and therapeutically beneficial | Source
Hand sanitizer works alongside soap and water
Hand sanitizer works alongside soap and water | Source

Lavender Hand Sanitizer

  • 1 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
  • Distilled Water
  • 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Orange Essential Oil (optional)
  • 4 oz dark glass spray bottle (blue, amber or green)


  • Start by pouring your distilled water about ¾ of the way up your bottle.
  • Add the aloe vera gel.
  • Carefully add the lavender and sweet orange essential oils.
  • Secure with cap and give a good shake to mix.
  • Apply a couple of sprays into the palms of the hands and rub hands together.
  • Repeat as often as you need to.

Handbag, Trial Size or Travel Size Recipe

Change main recipe to the following quantities and use a 1 oz bottle.

1 tsp aloe vera gel, distilled water and 1 drop of each essential oil or use 2 drops of lavender. Make in the same way.

Good for keeping in the car, handbag, baby room, bathroom, kitchen, as a trial run or when travelling.

Hand Sanitizer with Alcohol and Glycerine

Air Purifying Plant

An aloe vera plant will detoxify the air in your home or office
An aloe vera plant will detoxify the air in your home or office | Source


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, not safe to be ingested by curious kids or pets.

I would recommend buying the best quality and go with an organic brand of aloe vera gel and essential oils to be sure of getting the very best nutrients and benefits.

Aloe Vera gel I found out sometime ago 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

Available to purchase directly from them online—they are a fabulous site to check out. Their aloe vera gel contains aloe vera gel, xanthan gum, citric acid and potassium sorbate. Watch out for their special offers. Their gel can be great value at a 16 oz size for $5.75.

Aloe Farms

A small business based in Texas using organically grown aloe vera. Their gel comes in different quantities and contains 99.75% aloe vera, potassium sorbate, 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.

Essential Oils

A little goes a long way
A little goes a long way | Source


one of the best to have at home for it's versatility and benefits
one of the best to have at home for it's versatility and benefits | Source

The Big Bug Busters

These essential oils are antiseptic, antibacterial and many are anti-viral, perfect for selecting from and versatile in the home making them 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 the many therapeutic benefits.

They are not in the top most expensive oils so easier on the spending. I used only two but for variation why not try a spin on the traditional Thieves Oil?

Use 5 drops each of cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus and rosemary oils. Add 10 drops of either orange, grapefruit or lemon essential 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 on small amounts.

  • Tea Tree – promotes calmness and makes us more alert. Not the most attractive smelling option but it is a big bug buster being extremely antiseptic and antibacterial.
  • Peppermint – energizer, 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.

Cinnamon sticks are one of best for antiseptic benefits
Cinnamon sticks are one of best for antiseptic benefits | Source

DIY Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Gel, Distilled Water and Essential Oils

Do you fancy making your own hand sanitizer?

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Food for Thought

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!

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty products"

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


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    • Akriti Mattu profile image

      Akriti Mattu 

      4 years ago from Shimla, India

      Woww this is so cool and useful. Thanks for sharing

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

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

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      Jill Spencer 

      4 years ago from United States

      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

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

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

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      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.

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      precy anza 

      5 years ago from USA

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

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      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...

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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 :-)

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      Toy Tasting 

      6 years ago from Mumbai

      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! :)

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      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.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!!

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      Susan Bailey 

      6 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

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

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      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.

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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 :-)

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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 :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      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! :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      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.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      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!

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      Janet Giessl 

      6 years ago from Georgia country

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

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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 :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

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

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi natasha,

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

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

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

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      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.

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      6 years ago from Hawaii

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

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      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?

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      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!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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 :-)

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      6 years ago from USA

      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!

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      6 years ago from Malaysia

      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

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!

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      Crystal Tatum 

      6 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      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!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      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.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      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...

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      6 years ago

      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

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      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!



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