How to Make Natural Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Homemade herbal hand sanitizer with essential oils

I am not a fan of commercial hand sanitizers that contain drying alcohol and often contain triclosan and antibacterial ingredients that may contribute to resistant strains of bacteria.

We don’t use hand sanitizer of any kind often, and opt for washing hands (with homemade foaming soap) whenever possible, but for times that we encounter things besides good clean dirt, I keep this on hand. This recipe does contain essential oils in higher concentrations than I typically use (read this post about the risks of essential oils).

Natural Hand Sanitizer Gel

The result is a simple-to-make herbal hand sanitizer gel with essential oils. It isn’t as sanitizing as commercial versions or my other recipe which contains witch hazel, but it works great. I wouldn’t use this after visiting a hospital or other place where there are resistant strains of bacteria, but I use it when the kids have just been playing outside or at the park.

I used organic aloe vera gel and these essential oils:

  • Orange– Natural antiseptic and antioxidant. It also smells great!
  • Cinnamon-antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial & astringent
  • Clove-Antimicrobial and antibacterial
  • Rosemary– Anti-fungal and antibacterial
  • Lavender– Antibacterial and antiviral + it smells awesome!

Another benefit to this herbal hand sanitizer gel is that it doesn’t dry the skin and is actually nourishing because of the aloe vera.

This recipe is so simple that your children can help you make it and it can even be made in the container you plan to use so you don’t have to get a bowl dirty.



  1. Mix all ingredients and store in a reusable silicon tube (like this one).
  2. Use as needed to naturally remove germs from hands.


Always check with a doctor or health care provider before using essential oils, especially on children or if you have a medical condition.

Stronger Hand Sanitizer

For a stronger hand sanitizer that contains rubbing alcohol and witch hazel and will be more similar to commercial versions without the tricolsan, try this recipe.

Hand Sanitizer Ingredients

Hand Sanitizer Instructions

To make, mix 1/4 cup aloe vera gel, 1/2 teaspoon glycerine, and 1 Tablespoon of rubbing alcohol in a small bowl. Add 10 drops of cinnamon essential oil and 10 drops of tea tree oil along with any other oils you want to add for scent (lemongrass, orange, lavender and peppermint are good choices).

Mix well and add distilled water (or Colloidal/Ionic silver) to thin to desired consistency and add any other oils to desired smell.

Use a small funnel or medicine dropper to transfer hand sanitizer into spray or pump type bottles.

Use as you would any other type of hand sanitizer.

If want to experiment with some other sanitizer variations, check out these tutorials from a few of my favorite bloggers:

Ever made your own hand sanitizer? How did it turn out?

Ever wanted to make homemade hand sanitizer? This tutorial will show you how to make a safe, herbal, all-natural hand sanitizer at home.

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  1. I can’t wait to make this recipe! Could you give me a suggestion of where to purchase the colloidal or ionic silver (& perhaps a brief explanation of the differences between the two)?

    • I’ve gotten both on Amazon, and it is just a slightly different molecular composition from my understanding.

      • Be careful with colloidal silver! I had this recipe up on my computer and when my husband (a chemical engineer) saw it, he warned me never to use it, especially on children. It is a trace metal, and in too high doses (like if you use hand sanitizer often) it can be dangerous (source: Mayo Clinic). I made this recipe with distilled water, and it works wonderfully; would highly recommend!

        • My sister and her husband are chemical engineers as well, and take colloidal silver as a supplement occasionally.

          • LOVE colloidal silver!

          • We been using collaidal silver for around 5 years now. My father in law who is also have double degree Engineer and inventor recommended this. Him and my mom in law been using as long I can remember. Uses for almost everything.

          • I have been using silver for years & also my whole family. I pretty much use silver for everything & it’s the best thing ever.

        • I feel your comment about Colloidal Silver is a bit scaremongering, I have used Silver for many years on myself and my grandchildren for bacteria, viruses, tummy bugs, etc, etc, I am an acupuncturist and also prescribe it for my clients, this is all taken internally, lot safer than antibiotics and some of the drugs on the market today. So can’t see how Colloidal Silver in a hand wash is dangerous.

          • It’s unfortunate when our government and big pharma has indeed wormed their way into the minds of decent people. Colloidal silver is perfectly safe – As with EVERYTHING – if you make your own, make it correctly… If you buy it…lol…don’t overpay! I put colloidal silver in everything! Toothpaste, foods (kills bacteria and foods keep longer in the fridge), lotions, deodorant… omg, the list is endless!!! Tons of research out there… seems most of the negative are those that don’t know the facts and/or can’t make money off it (mainly our government and big pharma.) It’s sad. Time to throw ourselves back to our grandparents’ time… God’s plants, creations, animals… soo much healing in this world without a dime paid into the hands of government, big pharma and those that run the world. Go with God – He rocks out loud and has the answers and guidance for EVERYTHING!!

          • Colloidal silver STOPPED ear infections for my son. LOVE IT!

          • We have brewed our colloidal silver for years now. We take shots of it, make mouth wash, eye wash, boo boo spray, counter cleaner and more. Love the stuff and no one is blue. Not one bit worried about it!

          • Amen! I make my own Colloidal Silver. It is very fine micro particled. Use it by the TONS now that I can make it myself. Even add it to the laundry rinse water. CS should be in every home!

      • Hi,
        Aloe Vera tends to give u a feeling of stickiness, is there something else u can use?

        • I also would like to know the answer to that question.

        • Try distilled aloe. It’s shelf stable (doesn’t require a preservative), doesn’t contain any preservatives either & isn’t at all sticky. It can be used in nearly anything for internal or external use. Spectacular stuff.

    • We make our own using a machine from silverpuppy. We use it for a natural disinfectant and occasionally anti-biotics. I have cured several very bad UTI’s and strep throat with Colloidal silver. Just be sure if you swallow any you take pro-biotics! and dont do it regularly or more than a half a shot glass or you will cause problems (ever heard of the blue man.)
      The most important thing is to do research and learn both sides of the argument.

  2. I had read that tea tree oil is not safe for boys that had not gone through puberty do you know if this is true?

    • I’ve seen conflicting information on this. If you are concerned, you can sub another oil like lemon, which is also antibacterial.

      • I would be careful with adding any Citrus Essential Oils. Citrus EOs are photo-sensitive; which mean they can cause burns when exposed to direct sun light.
        Some EOs like Lime can be safe to use depending on how they are produced.

  3. could i sub witch hazel for the alcohol?

  4. how is this different than other hand sanitizer since both contain alcohol?

    • 1 word: triclosan

      • I have approx 5 different types of hand sanitizer here at home, and NONE contain triclosan. Purell does not. Germ X does not contain triclosan. The ones from the dollar tree (assorted brands) do not either. Maybe Bath and. Body Works brand does, cannot tell from that website. I think people are confusing sanitzers and anibacterial soaps. I cannot use the detergents in most hand washes, as it contains SLS, and makes my skin peel. Alcohol based sanitizers are amazng, whether home made or most commercial hrands

  5. i just made this and there was a pulp like consistency in it. is this normal? should i strain it out or leave it in?

    • Did we ever figure out if we are supposed to strain out the pulp like stuff?

  6. I don’t have grape seed extract. Can I substitute something else?

  7. Nice recipe. About how much water do you usually use? I want to put them in spray bottles but I don’t want to dilute it too much. Thanks.

  8. Be careful with colloidal silver! My husband (a chemical engineer) flipped when he saw this recipe up as I was making it because it had colloidal silver in it and told me never to use this. He said it can be poisonous if you use too much (as with any trace metal). I was making this with distilled water, and it worked great and would highly recommend that version!

    • Anything in excess is bad for you. For colloidal silver to hace adverse affect, you would have to INGEST A LOT of it! Some folks believe that if something is good for you…then more is better. colloidal silver kills 99.9% of germs, plus it does not smell. A colloidal silver with homeopathics gel got rid of my mothers severe case of shingle blisters overnight. If you have concerns, there are great info sites on line.

      • Exactly! We use colloidal silver a lot! Lots of outright WRONG info about colloidal silver. I am a huge fan of colloidal silver. Just make sure if you take it internally to follow up with probiotics about an hour after you take a large dose.

    • There is plenty of research out there with correct information out there. Colloidal silver is safe – tell your hubby to research it. Seriously – everything needs to be respected when using and colloidal silver ROCKS OUT LOUD BABY!!! I use it for tons of things daily!!!

  9. I agree..avoid the silver..too much can cause silver poisoning..sounds weird but saw a programme where a woman turned grey from over use..I won’t buy plasters with colloidal silver ever..and witch hazel is definately better than’s a natural toner and closes the pores so if you have greasy skin..or sweaty palms it will help.

    • Colloidal Silver used correctly is one of the best natural antibiotics. People that turn blue or gray have to be ingesting a tremendous amount. The reason the pharmaceutical societies tell us NOT to use it is because they cannot patent it and make $$$$ on it. Research how much it was used in the past as the best healing agent, because Penicillin had not been invented and patented!

      I will make some as soon as I get the ingredients (I already have silver). Thanks for all the “recipes” you give us.

      • It really doesn’t matter how much colloidal silver,….it matters more on the qualityand processesing to make the colloidal silver. there are a lot of “home chemist” out there extracting the silver by soaking coins…….and other methods… the quality and ratio is more important.

      • Yes, we make our colloidal silver and we use coins to make it but not any coins -Pure silver coins. I guess I might be considered a “home chemist”….glad i have the education background. Lots of excellent info out there…don’t overpay for hyped machines. God bless!

        • Can you tell me how you make your own colloidal silver? Thanks!!

      • Amen! I make my own Colloidal Silver. It is very fine micro particled. Use it by the TONS now that I can make it myself. Even add it to the laundry rinse water. CS should be in every home!

    • Just FYI, yes witch hazel is a natural toner with great healing properties, but unless you’re buying 100% pure witch hazel (which is super expensive), it contains alcohol. So if you use it in place of alcohol in this recipe, you will indeed still have a hand sanitizer containing alcohol, just with some additional benefits.

    • For those concerned about Silver if you read the box when you buy it especially Sovereign silver, it tells you how it is different from the different kinds of silvers we are warned about. Its smaller amounts suspended in water which makes it safer to consume in large quantities

  10. I know that witch hazel is a natural antiseptic, can’t I just put this is a mini spray bottle with some essential oil?

  11. I am curious if you can use aloe juice instead of gel if you’re intending on thinning it out anyway? I have been making mine with aloe and witch hazel, but the recipe I have calls for 8oz of gel! I much prefer only having to use 1/4 cup! We have pump bottles all over our house (especially the bathrooms with young kids) but it would be nice to have a spray bottle for my purse/car. So I was wondering about using the juice. Thanks!

  12. can you show me a video on how to make hand sanitizer by use ingredients!!:):):):):):)

  13. Hi that looks like a nice recipe. I plan to substitute ethanol (cheap vodka) for the isopropyl alcohol as I think it’s safer to use.

  14. Hi! Absolutely love your site and ideas. Just wanted to let you know a couple things I learned in my microbiology class while in college (taught by a woman with a PhD in microbiology so she knows a thing or two about microbes!), since many people will read this post. Alcohol is not something bacteria are likely to develop resistance to, and alcohol is what makes hand sanitizers sanitizing. There is actually an ideal ratio of alcohol to other ingredients, and it’s about 60%. Oddly enough, 60% alcohol sanitizes much more effectively than 100% alcohol. The amount of alcohol in your recipe is too small to actually sanitize. And while it may dry your skin, it won’t be contributing to bacterial resistance. Just a friendly reader sharing some info! Thanks again for a great site!

    • I had that problem with another hand sanitizing recipe.. not enough alcohol in the recipe to be effective. By chance, do you have a recipe you use or could come up with with the correct proportions? I’m in need of a good sanitizer as I have BOYS in my home and man are they …well… boys! Any info would be great… Or would you know how to tweak this recipe to bring it up to a more effective status? I’m so bad with percentages and such… I have a feeling I’m being lazy… just so many other things going through my brain.

    • I THINK the alcohol in this recipe is to dry the solution quickly on your hands. Ingredients like GSE and tea tree essential oil (and colloidal silver, if using) are the intended sanitizing agents as they are antibactetial, antimicrobial, antifungal, etc. So I don’t think the proportion of alcohol should be an issue.

  15. How many ounces does this recipe make?

  16. I distill my own oils and use the by product (hydrosol) for the water. Those commercial ones are all chemicals.

  17. We use Thieves essential oil and water. I like the idea of using witch hazel (alcohol-free) or colloidal silver instead of water though. We don’t get all crazy, afraid of sick germs, and really try to keep our bodies vital.

  18. What can I substitute for cinnamon oil? We have a kiddo with a severe cinnamon allergy?

    • Lavender, Geranium, Lemon and Oregano are all anti-bacterial. Lavender and Geranium are the most safe. The Collidal Silver also is a big anti-bacterial. No bacteria, virus, or microbes can live in it’s presence.

  19. I have been looking at a number of recipes and am wondering if anyone has experience using the organic, 100% aloe gel or juice. It seems that many if the recipes I have seen use it, but all of the bottles say refrigerate after opening. Issues with bacteria or the product going bad? I want to keep it in my purse, not the fridge 😉

    • Usually the aloe vera bottles in the store are quite large and yes, after opening they should be refrigerated. If you are using it in a small bottle and with essential oils it should be fine, as long as you use it within three or four months.

      Also, I would totally skip the rubbing alcohol. It’s very quickly absorbed by the skin and breaks down the skin’s natural oils and anti-bacterial layer. This is bad for everyone, but especially children with super permeable skin. Isopropyl alcohol is produced through the hydration of water and a carbon propene, which is derived from fossil fuels (i.e., petroleum, natural gas, coal) and it’s a neurotoxin. Cetyl, Stearyl,and Cetearyl alcohols are made from coconuts, shea nuts, and natural oils and fats and are much safer to use.

  20. The whole thing about aloe got me checking what i have and doing some digging. I had bought some 100% pure from the health food store. It was thick and needed refridgerated after opening. It is in fact all pure 100% aloe vera gel. I bought some from bulk appothacary that said 100% pure aloe. It is liquid not gel and guess what… might have 100% pure aloe in it but it has all sorts of other “stuff” in it that is not listed. I found out about it when i chatted with them about refridgeration and no it does not need refridgerated. Needless to say i might use it on my skin (tho i am still on the fence about that) but i sure would not injest it.
    Collodial silver, alcohol, or the right essential oils will keep the aloe from going bad especially if you don’t use water.

  21. I am wondering if you are still selling DoTERRA essential oils or not. I remember that I read your affiliate links page. I am planning to order one of the essential oils for Holiday gifts through your DoTERRA essential oils business. Your respond would be greatly appreciated.

      • Hi Katie

        I too use Doterra oils and I love them.. but the site that you have up looks much cheaper. I live in canada and as such I pay the U.S. exchange which goes up and down.. is the website you order from a good company? Seems the prices are a third of the price from Doterra.. Are they organic? Thank you so much for all your wise info, and I love everything you post.. your family is very blessed to have you as their mom, keep coming up with new things.. we love it.
        Jeannie Williams

        • We love the oils we get, they are totally organic and the best quality I’ve found.

  22. Cinnamon Leaf oil, or Cinnamon Bark oil?

  23. Hi Katie, I am a bit confused… in the picture above, I see GSE and what looks like Vitamin E oil, but they are not part of your recipe. Did you decide not to use them? I have heard good and bad about GSE, but why did you chose not to use Vit E? If I wanted to include Vit E, how much would you recommend?

    I work in an after school care, and we use this stuff a lot when we are unable to walk away to wash our hands. So I am excited about making this stuff that won’t dry hands out but will kill germs. I think I will make one for each teacher too.

    • It sounds like I need to update the picture 😉 I decided not use them because they felt like overkill.

  24. Hello Katie, I love this recipe! However, I’ve made it before using GSE…We loved the recipe! 🙂
    Would you please remind me how many drops was in your original recipe ( Was it 20)??

    Thank you very much for everything you do to make people healthier!! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!! 🙂

      • Then.. I have a good memory! 🙂

        Thank you for replying promptly! 🙂

  25. Hi Katie! I love your blog!! I am in the process of trying to convert to all homemade products as much as can as long as money allows. I just started using doTERRA EOs. I was wondering how you decide on if you order doTERRA or Mountain Rose Herbs. I was reading on Mountain Rose hErbs site you shouldnt use them on children. I have a 1 and 3 year old. I was planning to use this on them. Please explain!! Thank You!!

    • Mountain Rose Herbs has this warning because most oils are untested on pregnant women and children at that age, so they don’t recommend them. The oils themselves are similar grade and organic, but I am very cautious of using any oils on babies or when pregnant, no matter the brand.

      • Thanks Katie! I do worry a lot about using them on my kids! The only thing I have used is On Guard on them. So would you not recommend making the hand sanitizer and soap to use on the kids? f you don’t, do you have a recipe you would recommend? I also was looking at buying Branch basics until I get the time to make these. Thanks Again!

        • I do keep branch basics spray in my purse now for this. I’ve used some oils on my kids (especially my older ones) but I’m just really cautions.

  26. I am confused. You said you don’t like commercial hand sanitizer because they contain alcohol, but your recipe contains alcohol. Could you clarify?

  27. Is there containers that you would recommend for this?

  28. I’m confused… “add 0 drops of cinnamon essential oil”. Clearly this must be a mistake. How many drops of cinnamon?

  29. Just a note — bacteria does not become resistant to alcohol based sanitizers. Bacteria becomes resistant to antibiotic based sanitizers. Alcohol kills bacteria through a combination of chemical reactions. Quoting Science Line: “Ethyl alcohol (also called ethanol) kills bacteria by dissociating/dissolving the bacteria’s cellular membrane (the part that holds everything together)… it would be sort of like having something that could dissolve all of your skin (yikes!), all of your insides would fall out and everything would stop working if it wasn’t held together.The way ethanol dissolves a cell membrane is by having one end that dissolves well in water (the one with the OH) and the other end that dissolves well in fatty/greasy like substances (the end with the CH2CH3). Bacteria cell membranes are like water on the outside and like fat on the inside, so when you apply ethanol to a cell membrane, instead of all the parts of the membrane sticking together, they’ll associate with the ethanol causing the membrane to fall apart.” Antibiotics on the other hand interfere with bacteria on the cellular level, which mutation can protect against.


  30. I noticed that you purchase your aloe gel from mountain rose herbs, but have included the fruit of the earth brand in the picture… I assume that means you don’t see any problem with the ingredients (triethanolamine, tocopheryl acetate, carbomer, tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, stabilizers & preservatives) in the fruit of the earth brand? Do you have a credible source that you typically use to learn which ingredients are safe vs. toxic?

  31. Is there a version of this safe for pregnant since I know some essential oils have to be avoided during?

  32. would the safest version for pregnancy be just aloe, veg G and Silver?

  33. I make my homemade hand sanitizer with organic witch hazel and a little hydrogen peroxide mixed in with the essential oils.
    Personally I wouldn’t recommend rubbing alcohol.

    • Well that’s interesting, never thought of that. How much and what kind and strength of peroxide?

  34. HI , what brand colloidal silver to use ? Some of them have water in ingredients some Purified water, polysorbate 20 and sodium bicarbonate, which one to purchase ?

    • Sovereign Silver is THE BEST brand!

      • It is a good brand but pretty expensive. Honestly silver has done wonders for me and my family at half the cost. It stops my sons bug bites from itching instantly too!

  35. I see GSE pictured, but not listed in the recipe. (Same with the remineralizing toothpaste) What is GSE, its properties, and uses? Thank you!

  36. Hi,

    Thanks for this great conversation! Is it better to store hand sanitizer in a glass bottle or is plastic ok?



  37. My company makes hand sanitizer with alcohol and water tea tree eucalyptus oil peppermint. .

  38. What about adding in probiotics to a homemade hand santitizer? I’ve read that that would be more helpful for fighting infections. Could you mix a bit of P2 house cleaner with some water and essential oils, or would the essential oils (onguard or lemon) kill the good bacteria? Thanks for all the wonderful work you do!

  39. Is there any proof that this actually works to kill germs? You have to have about 61% alcohol content in normal hand sanitizers for them to work. This contains only has a small amount. I know that essential oils can kill germs to a point, but these are very diluted. From some recent testing I’ve seen by someone who knows how to test products to see if they really kill germs, essential oils are not as anti-bacterial/anti-viral, etc., as we think.

  40. That’s why you use colloidal silver…it has been proved to kill germs.

    • Actually this same person has tested silver and it didn’t perform very well.

  41. I use vodka when I make my hand sanitizers along with tea tree eucalyptus oils and use also water comes out pretty good no film left behind

  42. Some perspective here: What is the purpose of hand sanitizers, anyway? What are we trying to accomplish with them? If we use antibacterial agents, we must be trying to kill germs. Be aware that it is impossible to kill all the bacteria on skin. That’s on ANY skin, not just hands. There is no way to sterilize skin. So, then, are we trying to kill just pathogens, those bacteria that can cause diseases and infections?
    Antibacterials don’t discriminate between good and bad bacteria. Some antibacterials kill some types of bacteria and aren’t effective against others, but generally speaking they don’t sort good and bad very effectively.
    So, let’s look at the “bacterial load” that we all have on our hands even after using a mostly waterless sanitizing hand gel. We have both “good” and “bad” bacteria on our hands, and everywhere else, at all times. That’s just the world we live in.
    In my opinion, we, especially here in the US, have developed a “germophobia”, probably largely because of the advertisements we watch. I don’t think we need to worry about trying to make our environments sterile, or free of “germs”. Look at cultures, both present and past, that don’t have a lot of water available for washing, or don’t feel the need to fight germs like we do. Do they experience a lot more bacterial and viral infections and diseases than we do? Probably not! So, why not? Is it because they don’t constantly interfere with the natural balance of bacteria that should be with us, both inside and out? Remember, there is a natural balance with everything in nature, even bacteria!
    This may sound terrible to some, but I think that good healthy soil, I mean garden soil that has a healthy natural balanced community of bacteria and all kinds of little creepy crawlies, is not really dirty. I graze in my garden all the time, and probably ingest quite a bit of soil on those tasty fresh veggies and fruits. Further, I think that maintaining a healthy inner “garden” of bacteria in our gut actually is very important for keeping our immune system in tip top condition to be our first, second, and even third line of defense against potential malicious invaders.
    I think that there is no substitute for washing hands, or any other part of the body, with soap and water. Or maybe just water in some cases. Because, when you think about it, soap also disturbes that natural pH and balance.
    That all said, personally, if I’ve been out shopping, handling objects that have been handled by many hands, if washing with soap and water is not an option, I do use a hand sanitizer. But I typically use enough to make my hands wet, and then wipe them dry with a cloth or tissue.
    Bottom line: In my opinion, we need to find balance in our fight against “germs”, realize that they are always with us, and that we actually really, really need them. Wash when really necessary, tolerate more soil, respect and guard the bugs within, and cultivate a positive attitude about accepting our place in the web of life.

  43. I love this, but am wondering if I could use aloe vera juice instead of the gel (since there are less additives, and I use it as a spray anyway) – is the gel needed or might the juice work?

    • It will need to be kept in the fridge since the juice is perishable…

      • Ahhh! Good point! Gel it is! Love keeping it in my purse and one for the bathroom counters.

  44. There seems to be a lot of people here informed on silver and I have a question about silver ions. We received a mattress pad with Antibacterial Silver Ions and is this safe? I am a bit concerned with all the chemical/toxin exposure in the world and wondering if this is safe? thank you!

    • I would be sure the mattress pad wasn’t treated with any chemicals. As many clothing/linen items are. Of course washing it (with bleach) before use is always advised! The silver ions infused into your new mattress pad are completely safe. So rest assured.. (pun intended) that when you sleep, the silver ions are helping destroy bacteria that ends up trying to cuddle up at night.

  45. What can I replace the 20 drops of orange with? I’m allergic. Would lemon work the same?

    • You can use lemon or omit the orange all together.

  46. This is brilliant 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    I was curious to see where you get your Aloe Vera Gel, since I too (d’uh, of course!) is looking for the most optimal, natural products without tons of other stuff in there.

    Unfortunately doesn’t ship this one to Denmark (Europe). And it isn’t available on the site.. So is there another brand you can recommend?

    With love and appreciation for all that you bring to and do for the world, you beautiful soul.

    Your fan,

    • Look for one that contains just aloe vera gel and that doesn’t have additives… not sure which options are available there though…

  47. I made my own essential oil Four Thieves base: I took a 15 ml bottle of all the individual E.O.’s and put them in one bottle. (This a quite expensive, but since I only use at most 3 droppers full, it is really actually economical)
    I took and entire dropper full, and added in organic Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera, and a small (like 4 drops) of glycerine.
    I use it after handling things that lots of other people handle, like at the thrift store.
    I should also add in some colloidal silver, too!
    This homemade Four Thieves base also works as: adding three drops to your sink of dishes (no dishwasher, here), in any counter top cleaner, to the scrubber for the toilet, sink and tub, and to the washer for underwear (systemic yeast (candida) infection) towels, and dish rags. I still have most of the 2 oz bottle, and I have used it A LOT!

  48. I don’t have clove essential oil and cinnamon oil. Can I make one without them, should it be affective?
    Many thanks.

  49. Isn’t it necessary to refrigerate this formula, since it does not contain preservatives? Doesn’t anything that contains water (Aloe Vera) will grow bacteria?

  50. Are cinnamon/clove oil safe to use in this sanitizer if you have an infant?

    Thank you!

    • If you’re worried, I would either omit those oils or just try to get to a faucet and use some natural soap 🙂

  51. To many posts to read so I’ll add my two cents at the risk of repeating someone else. I use either vodka, (just buy a 1.75 liter of the cheapest stuff to keep on hand) or grain alcohol for the stronger version. I don’t like using rubbing alcohol because it’s toxic. I am wondering about the one with aloe vera. Does it last very long?

  52. How about thieves oil. I just rub a drop or two on my hands occasionally when I’m out.

  53. Does anyone have any experience using fresh aloe gel? I cut out the gel fro. 5 leaves and was wondering if it will spoil in this recipie.
    Also the fresh aloe SUPER bitter. Is the commercial one too? Does it leave bitterness on the hands?

    • I’ve made a recipe using fresh aloe gel and it did not spoil.

  54. Can anyone please help with a version that can be used during pregnancy? Many thanks! And Thanks to Katie for this great information!

  55. So, I’m assuming the essential oils in this recipe don’t destroy the plastic container they are stored in. One of your articles referenced in this recipe reminded me plastic bottles are not good for storing essential oils. Thanks

  56. Can you replace orange essential oil with grapefruit essential oil?

    Thank you

  57. have you ever made a spray hand sanitzer with dr bronners ? I liked the branch basics mini spray bottle for hand sanitzer

  58. Can you tell me if using a homemade sanitizer with alcohol delivers the same antibiobacterial effects as essential oils? I’m looking to not use so much antibacterial ingredients so to not become resistant but I’m also a germ a phonic and on the go a lot so I can’t keep washing my hands with soap and water. My homemade hand cleansers either are antibacterial with essential oils or alcohol. Is there another alternative? What about using witch hazel without alcohol? Is that cleansing?

  59. Hi, Is there a good place to buy Colloidal Silver? I found some on ebay, but didn’t know if you recommend anywhere?

    Thank You!

  60. Hey there! I’m wondering if using aloe vera juice vs. gel be any less effective/sanitary?

    • It will go bad quicker and doesn’t have the correct consistency…