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Homemade Hand Cleansing Gel

This 2-3 ingredient hand sanitizer recipe is easy to make and can be adapted to several alcohol concentrations as needed.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Heather Dessinger



  • 6 tbsp 70% isopropyl alcohol (can substitute Everclear 151 proof) (This is a  9:1 ratio. For recipes using 91% or 99% alcohol, please see the notes section below)
  • 2 tsp aloe vera gel (Or vegetable glycerin. Because the moisturizing component of this recipe is relatively small, you can use vegetable glycerin in place of aloe vera if you’d like. It can leave a residue if used in higher concentrations like the other recipes, but it works in this one.)
  • 9-18 drops essential oil (Optional - I use 3 drops each of tea treefir needlecinnamon leafsweet orange, and lavender essential oil)


  • Wash your hands and clean your equipment/ workspace.
  • Add the alcohol and essential oils (if using) to a mixing bowl with a spout or large glass measuring cup.
  • Add the aloe vera gel or glycerin and stir together until well combined. Pour your DIY hand sanitizer into your spray bottle (or bottles) and add a label (or labels).  



91% Alcohol Recipe

This is a 2:1 ratio as recommended.
  • 6 tablespoons of 91%  isopropyl alcohol alcohol (can substitute Everclear 189 or 190 proof)
  • 3 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 10-20 drops essential oil

99% Alcohol Recipe 

This is a 3:2 ratio as recommended.
  • 3 tablespoons of 99% isopropyl alcohol
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 7-15 drops essential oil