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Hand Sanitizer to Help Ward Off Holiday Germs

DIY winter hand sanitizerIf you’re traveling this holiday season, you know the chance of getting sick is a bit higher than if you were to stay at home. Grimy germs just love airports, bus stations, and hotels, meaning that our body needs to stay on guard to prevent those germs from making us feel ill. Try out this all natural, quick, and easy-to-make DIY hand sanitizer that will help keep hands clean (and moisturized!) while you’re out and about traveling this month.

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Hand Sanitizer DIYHand Sanitizer DIY for holiday travelingWhat you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

  1.  Pour Aloe Vera Jelly into a flip top bottle.
  2.  Add 18 drops of Germ Fighter OR KidSafe Germ Destroyer.
  3.  Shake well to mix oils.
  4.  Use a dime size squirt of the gel as needed on your hands and rub in.

112 thoughts on “Hand Sanitizer to Help Ward Off Holiday Germs”

  1. I work as a cashier and made some of this up in a small bottle and use it all the time at work, thanks so much for the recipe and idea!

  2. Just made this with the kids, using Germ Destroyer. It was so simple to make, and the kids had fun making their “potion”. Plus, we got to go over basic math skills in the process (counting, number of teaspoons equal to tablespoons, etc.) It smells way better than the traditional alcohol-based variety. And the best part is, it doesn’t dry out your skin, which is especially important in the cold winter months!!

  3. My hands are so dry and cracked this winter after using hand sanitizer all the time at work. I just ordered Germ Destroyer, and when it comes in I am going to try this to fight off the germs and not turn my hands into crocodile skin!

  4. This is so simple, I have all of the needed ingredients and I need to go make this! Thank you for these great DIY ideas! I’m always looking for the really easy projects, until I get braver about doing more!

  5. How can I turn this into a spray? I was originally thinking using witch hazel but it’s water based and I’m not sure about using preservatives yet.

  6. Ok, love this idea- but I work in a hospital as well- I need something that does not dry my hands out but dries more quickly- how about mixing some ETOH with the aloe and EO to hav e product that dries more quickly? Also, if there are no preservatives or thickeners in the aloe, perhaps the ETOH will thin the mixture enough to have a spray vs flip top bottle? Just asking….

  7. Im super into the DIY now. I’ve been looking for good hand sanitizer recipes so Im going to try this…I have the ingredients already 🙂

    1. That’s great, Tammy! We really hope you like it. It’s much different than a store-bought sanitizer because you do need to wait a bit for the Aloe to absorb, since there’s no alcohol, but it’s worth it since it leaves your hands so soft 🙂

  8. Cannot wait to make my own hand sanitizer! Im slowly getting rid of all store bought products and replacing them with homemade. Next i need to find a hand soap recipe!

  9. Love! Love! Love! We used this recipe for our sons Science Fair Project. I also shared some in our staff lounge. One employee confiscated it for herself, haha. I have also replaced all backpack sanitizer containers with this recipe. Thanks for being AWESOME PT!!

  10. I’ll have all varieties of this within a day or so! I’ve been collecting the small bottles as they empty for awhile. So exciting since I bought some of EVERYTHING during the sales! Love PT

    1. Rachael, contact our aromatherapists at [email protected] to discuss your husband’s particular allergy and if there is another product that would make a good substitute. I wouldn’t want to recommend something without knowing more about his reaction to aloe 🙂

  11. Thank you for this recipe. I have a four-year-old who just started preschool this year and he has been getting sick non-stop. I’m going to make this for his back-pack. Hopefully he will remember to use it! Thank you Plant Therapy, for providing safe alternatives!!

  12. Perfect timing! We have a massive bug going around the school here so I’m going to make one for each of my kids to put in their backpacks.

  13. I love this had sanitizer! I just ordered more aloe and germ destroyer so I can make another batch. It feels a little sticky when you first start rubbing it in but it only last about 30 seconds before it absorbs and leaves your hands feeling soft.

  14. I made this using my Germ Fighter and used it all week on the job. It smells wonderful and soothes my winter-dry hands. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. We do not use alcohol as an ingredient in our DIY hand sanitizer; the blend of essential oils and Aloe Vera Jelly make it effective without the drying effect of alcohol 🙂

  15. This recipe is a winner! My entire family loves it with Germ Destroyer, and it doesn’t dry out my skin like store bought hand sanitizer. Try it!!

  16. This sounds so simple & perfect. I work as an ER nurse and this would help me to cut back on the drying hand sanitizers so frequently. Would this be able to be made in a clear 2oz. container?

  17. So a good alternative to traditional hand sanitizer and it doesn’t dry your hands our with all the alcohol they put in it. Making this for my family as soon as I get some aloe jelly.

  18. Yes, exactly what I need this time of year! I appreciate that this is a much healthier version than store bought santizers, thanks so much Plant Therapy!

  19. This is perfect for this winter! We are always stuck inside during the cold but when we do go out to a kid friendly place I will make sure I have this with!

  20. Super excited to try this! I hate the feeling of traditional hand sanitizers and have been looking for a more natural alternative.

  21. I love this idea. I typically hate regular hand sanitizer because it’s so incredibly drying for sensitive skin; especially winter skin. Winter is when you most need it because it is cold and flu season. Going to make up a batch right now for my purse.

  22. Oh I would love to try this! I made a spritzer kind before but i think i prefer the gel kind. Question- is 18d of germ Destroyer safe for a 2 year old or should i use a bit less? Thanks!

    1. Nicole, 18 drops are just fine for a 2-year-old! It makes about a 2% dilution and Germ Destroyer has only kid-friendly essential oils in it 🙂

  23. Thank you! I can’t wait to try this! I love that it’s so simple and that I can use my KidSafe oils that o already have on hand!

  24. This is soooo awesome! Now I have no fear to let my little one use DIY hand sanitizer! Only set back is the bottles at PT seems to be always out of stock ..

  25. Is aloe vera jelly liquid enough to put this blend in a spray bottle? I’d love to be able to spray down shopping cart handles before touching them.

  26. I love this! It’s great to be able to make hand sanitizer that’s safe for kids and chemical free! And great smell too! Thanks!

  27. I don’t think work (I’m a nurse at a nursing home) will allow homemade version, but I will definitely make it to keep at home and in my purse! Thanks for the great ideas. Love you guys!!!

  28. I can’t wait to try this DIY hand sanitizer to help keep my hands germ free and moisturized this holiday season! The instructions look super easy to follow and PT has all the items available that I need at the bottom of the recipe! What is the difference between Immune Boom and Immune Aid (the one available for free in the COZY13 deal)???

    1. Immune Boom is kid-safe and Immune Aid is not. I personally prefer the Germ Destroyer one if you’re looking for something kid safe. Immune Boom has dill in it so it does smell a little bit like a dill pickle!

  29. This is a great solution to over the counter hand sanitizer which tends to leave my hands feeling too dry and smelling of chemicals. I cannot wait to try this! Making some today.

  30. Wow this is a great idea. Usually recipes I see use distilled water or alcohol. This sounds like a great alternative! Can’t wait to try it out

  31. I can’t wait to make this!!! I have both Germ Destroyer and Germ Fighter on the way, I will just need to get some aloe and bottles. I keep working to broaden my uses of these wonderful oils!

  32. This is just what I was looking for. I teach young children and need something that doesn’t feel sticky and is loaded with chemicals. I can hardly wait to try this out! I ordered the germ fighter and it should arrive soon.

  33. I love my hand sanitizer that I have made with PT aloe jelly and my kidsafe Germ Destroyer! It smells amazing! Uou only need a small amount!! It does feel a little sticky for a few seconds, but the absorbs very quickly!! Highly recommended!!

  34. Looking forward to making this and being able to take Germ Fighter with me. Thank you for sharing this recipe for hand sanitizer.

  35. Hi! Thank you! Should this be in a glass bottle? Where is the best place to get the bottles? I’m so excited to make some of these. I’m going to put them in my kids lunch boxes so they don’t have to use what the school provides. Thanks for the recipe. Thanks for the sale. I hope the aloe jelly goes on sale soon too hehe. Thanks again!

  36. Silly question here…What is aloe jelly? Is it the same thing as the aloe gel you’d get from the drug store to apply after a sun burn? Or is there something special and different about aloe jelly?

    1. Aloe Jelly has thickeners and emulsifiers added to help emulsify the EO added. Plant Therapy sells a great Aloe Jelly for this purpose! Click on the product in the recipe above.

    1. Just a head’s up, it’s not simply aloe from the plant. Aloe vera jelly has emulsifiers and preservatives, which are necessary to properly and safely mix in the essential oils for this recipe.

  37. Does it dry quickly like a traditional hand sanitizer? I’d love to try it, but I’m worried my three year old won’t like the feeling.

  38. I’m excited to make this one. And for this time of year it will come in handi for my daughter she works in the public

  39. I am definitely going to make this today! My job carries me into multiple public locations every day, and it is not always possible to wash my hands after touching door handles. I would like to know if it is okay to use a plastic bottle (the type that you get for carry-on luggage)?

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