DIY Natural Hand Sanitizer – Spray + Gel

Using conventional hand sanitizers might seem like the right thing to do when you’re in a pinch, but many contain chemicals that are harmful to your health.  Ingredients and chemicals like triclosan, artificial fragrances, artificial dyes, to name a few.

If you have a choice, always wash your hands with soap and water but if you need a hand sanitizer for those times when soap and water aren’t available, these natural hand sanitizers are the perfect solution.

I’m linking up everything that I used and featured in the bottom of the post – you’ll notice that the essential oils I feature are Plant Therapy’s KidSafe line – perfect for these recipes.  These recipes are straight from my first book, The Organically Clean Home – also linked in the ‘shop the post’ section at the bottom of this post.

Hand Sanitizer Spray

Prefer a liquid for your hand sanitizing needs?  Ditch the chemical versions and try this.  Keep it in your purse for a quick spritz. The witch hazel is a natural astringent and the vitamin E will moisturize.


  • 2 ounces witch hazel
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin e oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil

Dispense ingredients directly into a small container with a spray top and shake to combine.  Spray on hands, rub thoroughly, and allow to air dry.

Hand Sanitizer Gel

This is my kids’ favorite hand sanitizer recipe.  It cleans, leaves hands soft, and it is safe for the kids to apply themselves.


  • 1 1/2 ounces pure aloe vera (not the green stuff)
  • 3 teaspoons rubbing alcohol
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin e oil
  • 5 drops essential oil – lemon and lavender are my favorites in this recipe

Dispense ingredients directly in a small container with a lid.  Shake liberally to mix all ingredients thoroughly.  If you want your gel to be slightly thinner in consistency, add a little more rubbing alcohol, up to one teaspoon.

Keep out of reach of small children, but store where you’ll use it most – in your purse, your nursery, or car.  Will keep for up to 2 months – may need a little shake before using.

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  1. Rocky Mountain Mama Jen says:

    Thanks for this post Becky! We don’t use the antibacterial liquid soap that is provided in just about every public bathroom you visit. I carry a travel size Dr. Bronner’s Lavender liquid Castile soap in my purse. Triclosan (the chemical antibacterial additive) is not only in antibacterial soap, wipes, and commercial hand sanitizers- it’s also in toothpaste and antiperspirants. When we use that on our skin or put that in our bodies it kills the good bacteria in our gut, which is where our health starts. There are tons of articles on the web about the damage that antibacterial chemicals do to our bodies. Thanks for the awesome recipe for an easy & healthy alternative!

  2. hell!, do you have a foam version?
    my kids love the foam but wanted to opt for a safer DIY version versus store bought.


    • I don’t, sorry!

      • for the spray version, is it essential to have the tea tree oil? or can i just use lemon. trying to see if i can make this with what i have on hand… thanks (other oils i have are : thyme, lavendar, white fir, lemon, orange…)

  3. Hi Becky! Can you swap the alcohol for witch hazel in the gel version? I’m hoping to avoid alcohol if I can. But, prefer the squeeze bottle to the spray.


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