Looking for an alcohol free hand sanitizer recipe that is actually moisturizing to the skin? Look no further! Learning how to make a moisturizing hand sanitizer is so easy. Let me show you how!
Fall is the time of year when germs are everywhere and people are buying hand sanitizer by the gallon…
Well, maybe not the gallon, but everyone is doing their best to avoid germs as much as possible.
Why Choose an Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer?
I personally do not use hand sanitizer a lot, but they use it all of the time at my daughter's school. Every fall and winter her hands get extremely dry and chapped because of it.
Why does hand sanitizer burn and dry the skin out?
Conventional hand sanitizer can contain 60-95% alcohol to effectively kill germs and bacteria. Unfortunately this high percentage of alcohol, repeatedly strips the oils and moisture from the skin. (source)
Repeated use over time, leads to dry, chapped and even bleeding skin.
How to Make a Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
To help combat the issues of dry and chapped skin, I wanted to create a moisturizing hand sanitizer recipe that effectively fights germs without drying the skin out.
That is why we are making a hand sanitizer with aloe. Aloe vera is known to be very soothing to the skin and is always recommended for burns on the skin as well. Learn more about the benefits here.
Where to Find a Hand Sanitizer Dispenser
For this recipe, you will need some kind of hand sanitizer dispenser.
If you have an existing dispenser that you want to re-use that is fine.
I have noticed, using the lighter color bottle that it can get a little discolored from the essential oils. Just something to keep in mind…
If you're interested in my favorite places to find cheap containers, check out this post.
Prefer to watch the DIY Hand Sanitizer Video on our Youtube Channel:
Now let's get to the recipe!
- 2 oz Aloe Vera Gel
- 2 oz Alcohol Free Witch Hazel
- 10 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- 10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 10 drops Thyme Essential Oil
- 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Kid Safe Essential Oil Measurements
- 3 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- 2 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 2 drops Thyme Essential Oil
- 3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Add all ingredients to bottle and shake well.
When making hand sanitizer for kids, keep the aloe vera and witch hazel measurements the same, but reduce the amount of essential oils per the recipe.