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Homemade Hand Sanitizer Spray (Without Aloe Vera or Vegetable Glycerin)

I am a firm believer in strengthening your immune system by NOT sanitizing your hands constantly, but there is definitely still a place and use for hand sanitizer in your home.

Most commercial hand sanitizers are made with ingredients I cannot even pronounce, so I knew I had to find a natural solution. After doing some research, I realized that hand sanitizer is actually very easy to make in the comfort of your home, but the only issue was that 99% of the recipes I saw used either aloe vera gel or vegetable glycerin, which are used to keep your hands moisturized. I did not have either ingredient, and since I was feeling impatient, I decided to experiment with other moisturizing ingredients as a substitute. My first thought was to use oil, and so that is what I did, and boy am I glad I did it!

This homemade hand sanitizer spray is practically a lotion in the sense of how moisturizing it is for my skin! It also dries very quickly, so you are left with moisturized but not wet or sticky hands.

Make sure to shake it before each use so that you are not left with oily hands. And, spend a few extra seconds to thoroughly rub it in, as this will ensure everything gets fully absorbed so that your hands are soft, but not greasy.

Having moisturized skin is extremely important when using hand sanitizer, as the alcohol can dry out your hands, which actually makes it easier for germs to stay on your skin when it is all cracked and dry.

This hand sanitizer costs less than 20 cents to make as well! Compare that to a typical 2 oz spray bottle of hand sanitizer, which costs roughly $3.50! And this homemade version is all-natural and healthy for you and your family to use. A win-win, if I say so myself.


Homemade Hand Sanitizer


2 oz spray bottle

1/2 tsp oil (olive oil, avocado oil, fractionated coconut oil, etc.)

91% Isopropyl alcohol

15-20 drops essential oils (optional)


  1. Add the 1/2 tsp of oil to your spray bottle and fill it up with the alcohol.

  2. Add essential oils if you want, and shake to combine.

  3. Spray it on your hands and rub it in.


  • I recommend gently shaking it before each use to ensure that all of the ingredients stay combined.

  • Using a 2 oz bottle makes it easy to carry with you anywhere, so you can always have sanitized hands.

  • Hand sanitizer is NOT a replacement for hand soap. Washing your hands with soap and water regularly throughout the day is vital to keeping your hands germ-free and clean. If you want to know how to make your own hand soap as well, check out me and Whitney's recipes for it:

Whitney's Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

My Liquid Hand Soap Recipe

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I do hope you give this recipe a try and let me know in the comments below how it turns out.

See you next Wednesday!


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