MYO: Waterless Hand Sanitizer

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Hand sanitizer is a must-have item to keep in your purse for quickie clean-ups and refreshing the hands, particularly after using public areas. Here is a simple, no frills recipe for homemade hand sanitizer that smells good and wont dry out your skin.


We shouldn’t have to preface this with a disclaimer, but we will, obviously good (& frequent) handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs, but we all know that there are times and places where this just isn’t possible. Also, the more alcohol you add to your bottle, the more effective it will be, but we’ve used this recipe for several years with great success in our own family.

One thing that we love about our homemade recipe is the fact that the scent is pleasant unlike many store bought sanitizers and it costs less than 1/4 of the price of it’s store-bought counterpart as well!

You’ll Need:
1/2 cup aloe vera gel (we get ours directly from our plant, but you can purchase it in bottles as well)
1/2 cup + 2 Tbs (99%) Rubbing alcohol aka Isopropyl Alcohol
2 tsp. vegetable glycerin
6-8 drops Eucalyptusor Tea Tree Essential oilor Lavender Essential Oil*

Blend well. Use as you would commercial hand sanitizer. In addition to the rubbing alcohol’s germ fighting capabilities, all three listed essential oils contain antibacterial properties as well.

*Be sure you use ESSENTIAL Oils, Not Fragrance Oils! The 99% alcohol can be found in the pharmacy area of most big box stores such as walmart, target, etc or even at the dollar store. They’re about .75-$1 per bottle.

The vegetable glycerin offers several benefits, first, it makes the ingredients stay together, secondly, it works nicely as a skin softening agent and helps keep your hands from becoming overly dry.

The essential oils add a nice fragrance while also offering additional germ fighting properties of their own. Scientifically speaking, you need at least 62% alcohol for maximum effectiveness in your blend.



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Melissa Burnell, known to her friends and fans as "Liss," grew up in Southern Maine, now residing in sunny South Carolina. As a busy Wife, Mother of two sons, an avid photographer, and self-employed entrepreneur, Liss understands the value of both time and money.


  1. Ditch the alcohol, the essential oils will do the trick with your aloe vera gel. Lavender, Tea tree, Lemon, Sweet Orange and Peppermint are inexpensive and you only need a few drops in a cup of gel.

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