recipe for hand sanitizer

Angela Posts: 42
edited October 2018 in The Homestead: DIY
It’s pretty easy. I just use a 2-3 oz glass bottle with about an oz of vodka, you can put some aloe Vera in if you like and any number of EO’s -  I love peppermint, rosemary and orange, but lavender, thyme, tea tree and tons others also work.  Just needs to have antimicrobial properties.  I use this spray for hand, air and surfaces and also as a quick pick me up - just spray in the air and inhale.



  • H_D
    H_D Posts: 384 ✭✭✭
    edited October 2018
    Purified water plus colloidal silver
    10 drops of essential oils (see list below)
    5 drops witch hazel
    1 oz. glass spray bottle
    5 drops of Vitamin E
    5 drops of fresh frozen aloe, or aloe vera gel (optional)
    put all in a 1 ounce spray bottle

    What Are the Best Essential Oils for Hand Sanitizers?
    tea tree– antifugal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial

    lavender– antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial

    geranium– antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiseptic

    lemon*– antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal

    sweet or wild orange– antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial

    eucalyptus– antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antimicrobial

    rosemary– antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial

    cinnamon– antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antiseptic

    clove– antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal

    thyme– antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiseptic

    peppermint– antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiviral

    * Use caution when using lemon essential oil in hand sanitizer. Cold-pressed lemon essential oil can cause a phototoxic skin reaction when used topically and skin is exposed to the sun. Robert Tisserand’s book Essential Oil Safety states that cold-pressed lemon essential oil should be diluted at a rate less than 12 drops lemon essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil.