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Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

If you’re using alternative transportation today, chances are you’ll need some extra germ protection. To stay germ-free and eco-friendly, try whipping up this easy hand sanitizer, using our new essential oil blend Defender. It’ll be perfect to pop in your purse or bag and use with you throughout the day.

Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

DIY Hand Sanitizer

What 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 Defender
  3. Shake well to mix oils.
  4. Use a dime size squirt of the gel as needed on your hands and rub in.

86 thoughts on “Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer”

  1. This is awesome for the summer! I love the smell. Germ Fighter works great in this recipe for the fall.

  2. Thank you for this recipe ♡. Summer is coming and lots 9f outdoor activities in crowded places.i have never tried to spray aloe vera jelly before.its not too thick to make it through the sprayer?

    1. It probably will be too thick to spray. For this DIY, we recommend either a flip top bottle or a pump bottle.

  3. As much as I love the smell of the conventional hand sanitizer (yeah, I’m weird that way), I find it too drying for my skin. This recipe will make the perfect replacement for it.

    1. Our Aloe Vera Jelly already has a preservative and can be used as a carrier. You would not need to add anything additional. Adding alcohol could potentially change the formulation and make it unstable. For this reason, I wouldn’t advise adding alcohol to this DIY.

  4. I rarely use hand sanitizer, but when I do, I want something powerful! Is there a way to make an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, maybe even just adding alcohol to this recipe?

    1. Hi Mary, we definitely understanding wanting a powerful hand sanitizer! Please reach out to our customer service team at [email protected] and they can help you regarding this recipe.

  5. Aahhhh yaassss!!! I just got the Defender oil & I use public transportation on a daily so this is PERFECT!!! Thank you!

  6. I am definitely making this hand sanitizer in the morning! I love the aloe vera jelly and the defender blend! It sounds like a perfect match for cleaning hands and leaving them refreshed!

  7. now i can use my diy hand sanitiser without worrying the chemical make my hand so dry.
    i love the smell of defender too.

  8. Oh wow! I am almost out of sanitizer and was going to buy more. Maybe I’ll re-use the empty bottle and try this instead! Thanks for the idea.

  9. Excellent! I was wondering how much EO to use in order to kill germs. Has this recipe been tested to see how it stacks up in the germ killing field?

    1. Liz, this is a great question! The oils in Defender have been proven to help maintain clean surfaces, and we’re looking into a piece of content to compare/contrast with other, less natural, over-the-counter options.

  10. Love this diy! Defender is new my favorite oil. My daughter has sensitive skin so this seems like it will be so much better for her than the harsher hand sanitizers.

  11. I love how versatile the aloe jelly is! I never find myself needing hand sanitizer but duh adding oils to the aloe jelly would make a great lotion! I’ve been using it for sunburn relief and realized how soft it feels. Now I need another bottle to add EOs to!

    1. Water, unfortunately, will not emulsify the essential oils, which would result in undiluted oils directly on the skin. Aloe Jelly, on the other hand, is ideal for this recipe. But, you can indeed use Germ Fighter!

  12. I used the old recipe that called for Germ Destroyer. I’m getting my Defender delivered today and I can’t wait to use it for this!!!! I absolutely love this hand sanitizer. It feels a little wet and sticky for less than 30 seconds and then its dry and I feel clean and moisturized. ITS AMAZING!

  13. I’m all about DIY creams and moisturizing skin lotions, so I will definitely try this recipe! I need aloe vera jelly to get started! I believe I can use germ destroyer as well, isn’t it?

  14. I made this with Germ Fighter last time, which was a little too strong for my taste (nooo I didn’t actually taste it). I’m definitely trying Defender next time! Such a good idea!

  15. What a great idea! Can I use germ fighter instead of defender? I have everything else. Thanks for the suggestion!

  16. This is a GREAT option. I didn’t think to use Defender and it’s one of my favourite blends. Thank you for sharing this DIY!!

    1. Kacie, a sturdy spray bottle like the one shown in the picture should work just fine! But of course, you’re more than welcome to use a pump or flip-top bottle if you prefer 🙂

  17. I recently bought Aloe Jelly and made hand sanitizers. I don’t have Defender yet, instead I used Germ fighter in mine and Germ destroyer for the kids. We all love our hand sanitizers!

  18. This is great! Now I know why I’ve been saving those empty little plastic bottles from that other store–to refill with a more natural germ fighting product! Thanks!

  19. This makes amazing hand sanitizer!! What type of container do you recommend? I don’t want to use glass since kids will be using this hand sanitizer.

  20. I cant wait to make this .It will come in handy with all the activities in the warm weather, potty breaks with the kids (bleh) and even grocery shopping.thanks pt

  21. I love this idea! I love hand sanitizer, but it often burns from the alcohol. I’m going to add this to my list of “to dos”. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Thank you for the recipe. I’ll have to try this soon. It sounds better than the antibacterial stuff on the market now.

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