DIY Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer Recipe with Rubbing Alcohol

DIY Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer Recipe with Rubbing Alcohol

I have had many ask for a homemade version of an essential oil hand sanitizer with rubbing alcohol since supplies are very difficult to obtain at this point in time. While I usually would not use rubbing alcohol in my natural hand cleansers, the times are calling for this version. There are many DIY recipes available online but this is the recipe video I found and have made for my home and family so I am sharing with my readers here. 

Just to be clear, HANDWASHING WITH SOAP AND WATER IS BEST and what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

BUT if that is not an option because you are not near water or you are in your car, it is nice to at least have something available.

Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer Recipe with Rubbing Alcohol

This recipe from the video takes just three household ingredients plus your choice of essential oils. According to the CDC, the key to the proper amount of germ-killing alcohol must have at least 60 percent alcohol content in order to be effective. They also state:

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

  • 2/3 cup isopropyl alcohol (60% or above)
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 20 drops Thieves (or similar brand blend)
  • 20 drops Peppermint essential oil

Directions: Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk together to blend. Once blended together, add to spray bottles, squirt pumps, or containers of choice. This recipe makes a little over 1 cup (8 oz). To use, put a small amount of cleanser in the palm of one hand, then rub over all surfaces of both hands until it is dry. 

Alternatives to Thieves Essential Oil Blend

You can make a DIY Thieves Blend here, or try one of these companies EO blends:

Alternative Essential Oil Scents

  • Rosemary and Lemon
  • Geranium and Eucalyptus
  • Lavender and Tea Tree Oil
  • Ho Wood and Peppermint
  • Thyme and Sweet Orange

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Homemade Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer Spray Recipe with Alcohol


Jennifer Lane - Certified Aromatherapist

BIO: Owner and founder of Loving Essential Oils. I am a Registered Nurse and Certified Aromatherapist that loves to look toward essential oils and aromatherapy for all natural physical, emotional and spiritual support. I love creating and sharing DIY Essential Oil Recipes & Blends. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your essential oil journey!

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