Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

As cold and flu season are coming (sigh), many of us grab a bottle of hand sanitizer.   Have you ever felt like this....

But, using these alcohol based hand sanitizers with other not-so-good ingredients can leave your hands dry and cracked, not to mention exposing your skin to unwanted chemicals.

I started using an all natural hand sanitizer and was quite pleased and satisfied with the results.  It can be mixed in a few short minutes and has simple (did I ever tell you that's my middle name?) easy to find ingredients.

Everything you see here is what you will need, including apple cider vinegar which is not pictured above.


1/4 cup 100% aloe vera gel
1/4 cup witch hazel
1 tsp vegetable glycerin
1 TBS apple cider vinegar
10 drops tea tree oil
a few drops of essential oil (optional)
bottle with lid, spray top or pump

Mix it all together and put it in bottle, shake and sanitize those hands the natural way!

Warning:  This is more watery than the brand name sanitizers, but, at the same time, it is more moisturizing, distributes evenly and a little dab'l do ya!

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  1. This is great, Susie! Thank you for sharing. :)

  2. Awesome! On a side note, triclosan (which is in most commercial hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps) is toxic! We will probably be trying this!

  3. What a neat thing. I have heard of making these before Nd always wondered how. Thanx for sharing. Will have to give it a try. :) Love your blog BTW. Angel

  4. Wow, this is so cool! I will have to give it a try. I always wondered if there was a better way! Visiting from Proverbs 31 Thursdays.

  5. I'm definitely going to try this. Thanks!

  6. I put your post on my blog and they are loving it. :)

  7. This is wonderful! I am so going to make this and share it! Thank you so much! ~ Angela

  8. Thanks, Ladies! It is such a great alternative. The only thing I might tweak in the recipe is maybe add a little bit more glycerine to thicken it up a little.

  9. New follower here! love this idea thanks for sharing! check out my blog for some great recipes and such!

    ciao ~b

  10. I have a boy who likes his hand sanitizer...will be making up a batch of this today (well, maybe I'll have him make it!). Thanks for sharing -- a merry Christmas to you and yours! ~Lisa :)

  11. I swore off hand sanitizers a long time ago because of the chemicals in them. This is a great alternative! Thanks for the recipe. A little bottle in my purse will be perfect!

    Found you on the Frugal Days Hop...come visit me some time!

  12. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I'm a recent kidney transplant recipient and have to take strong antirejection drugs which cause me to be more suseptible to getting sick. I wash my hands all the time and use hand sanitizer when away from home. After reading the ingredients on the sanitizer bottles, I started to research a more natural alternative - which led me here. Thanks again! PS. . . I'm your newest follower!

  13. Welcome Tidy Brown Wren! I hope you are encouraged here at Our Simple Farm!

    The homemade hand sanitizer is a great alternative. Plus, it is more moisturizing!

  14. How Funny! I just posted a recipe for this same thing. Mine didn't have acv in it though. I think mine might be thicker than yours. It only has aloe, tea tree oil and witch hazel. I should try your when we run out to compare the 2! I love finding new and improved items! Thank you so much! ~Angela

  15. Wow, how neat! I've never seen a recipe for homemade sanitizer before! Love it.

    Thanks for linking up at Little Natural Cottage!

  16. I just made a batch of this and it is very runny, will add more glycerin as well, I do like that it has apple cider vinegar thou, so I don't want omit it. My husband thinks I am nuts and wants me to go back to the chemical laden stuff...I am sure after I tweak it he will be ok, plus I am not going back to using all these chemicals...

  17. You could always put it in a spray bottle if the runniness bothers you.

  18. I have a question about this I am going to make these with my childrens classes for xmas gifts and trying to keep the cost down. I am wondering how much one batch makes. I am going to get plastic bottles off of ebay but I am wondering how much one batch makes so I can estimate the cost of making this.

    1. This recipe will fill an 8 oz bottle. Someone suggested that since it is a bit watery, to put it in a spray bottle. Have fun!

  19. I just made this. It is wonderful. A couple things though: The apple cider vinegar smells awful. I put a tad less. If you put in some wonderful smelling Essential oil, like Peppermint and Wintergreen (Like I did) it smells so much better. It also helps mask the smell of Tea Tree. Also, to make it a little less runny, just add a little more aloe vera. Otherwise, an awesome sanitizer!! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  20. Has anyone with a kidney transplant tried this? If so, how do you feel it worked? Doctors say Purell is best but I know it is full of toxic things. Someone told me that kidney transplant patients should not do homemade hand sanitizer. How do you feel about that?


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