Cris DeRaud

Organic hand sanitizer can be made easily and inexpensively at home with only a few ingredients. Aloe vera gel, grain alcohol and essential oils are combined to create an antibacterial solution that can be used any time washing your hands is impossible. This is particularly good if you spend a lot of time on the go, without time or a place to wash your hands. This recipe makes approximately 4 oz. of organic hand sanitizer.

Combine 1 oz. grain alcohol with 2 oz. pure organic aloe vera gel in a small bowl.

Add 1 oz. distilled or spring water to the mixture, and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Use more or less water if the mixture is too thick or thin, to reach the desired consistency.

Add 3 to 5 drops of tea tree essential oil to the alcohol mixture. Stir well with the wooden spoon to combine.

Pour the mixture into a clean plastic pump or squeeze bottle. Label with the contents and date. This organic hand sanitizer should be used within six months, or discarded.

Use approximately 1 tsp. of the organic hand sanitizer per application. No rinsing is necessary. It is best used when washing the hands with soap and water is not an option, and it should not be used to replace proper hand washing.


Any antibacterial essential oil, such as lavender or eucalyptus, may be substituted for tea tree to make the organic hand sanitizer, if necessary or desired. Organic aloe vera gel and essential oils can be found at some drug stores and most natural health stores.


If skin irritation occurs, cease using the organic hand sanitizer. This is a rare side effect, but some people may experience irritation due to the essential oil. Try using a different essential oil to make the sanitizer if you have problems with tea tree. Lavender is typically gentle on sensitive skin, and it has antibacterial properties.

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Willow Sidhe

Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including