Skip Nav
Women's Health
What You Need to Know Before Quitting the Pill
Healthy Recipes
These Hearty Green Soups Are as Healthy as They Are Beautiful
Weight Loss
The 45-Minute Running Workout You Need to Finally Ditch Your Belly Fat

Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Everyone around me is sick lately, and it has me washing my hands in overdrive, but if I'm not near a sink I use hand sanitizer. The problem is that those little bottles start to add up financially, and I feel bad throwing out so many plastic containers. Recently, my friend shared her recipe for homemade sanitizer with me and I've been a convert ever since.

What's cool is that the basic ingredients are things I already keep in my medicine cabinet: aloe vera gel and rubbing alcohol. You can make as little or as much as you want, but always use a ratio of six parts alcohol to four parts aloe vera gel for it to be effective. If you're a big germaphobe like I am you can also add tea tree oil — nature's antiseptic — to the mixture. I put about five drops into every half-cup of sanitizer I make. I also add lavender oil to the mix to kill the medicinal smell. From there, just add your mixture to a small bottle that you can always keep with you.

I still think that washing your hands trumps sanitizer, but this recipe is a great alternative to the store-bought stuff.

Image Source: Getty
Join The Conversation
alexandria1 alexandria1 7 years
just what I needed, believe it or not:) thanks!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
Cool idea. Those bottles do add up.
nancyeinhart nancyeinhart 7 years
What a cool idea. Never thought of that before.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Great idea! I keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse for when I can't wash my hands, but I'd like to have some homemade stuff so I know what goes into it.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Thanks so much or posting this! I'm going to try making this for myself!
How to Cook Tofu
Is Diet Ice Cream Bad For You?
Nutritionist-Recommended Healthiest Breads
What Is Lupus?
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds