Homemade hand sanitiser

Washing your hands in warm water and with soap will always be the best hygiene practice. There are times when we need hand sanitiser, like when we are out and about, and end up touching things like handrails and trolleys.

If you haven’t been able to find any hand sanitiser in the supermarket, then try out this homemade recipe, it might just do the trick. 


1 cup of 91% isopropyl alcohol (also known as “rubbing alcohol)
½ cup of aloe vera gel
15 drops of tea tree, lemongrass or eucalyptus oil


1. Pour the alcohol into a medium container with a pouring spout.

2. Add aloe vera gel. Aloe is a good way to counteract the harsh effects of alcohol on the skin. You can use aloe vera gel straight from the plant or from the store, just note that natural aloe gel is typically thicker so will make the final product stickier and you’ll need to rub your hands more to absorb it.

3. Add the essential oil. Tea tree, lemongrass and eucalyptus oils are naturally antibacterial, making them great for homemade sanitisers.

4. Whisk. To fully mix all ingredients, whisk and beat the ingredients until they form a smooth gel.

5. Sanitise your chosen bottle and pour in your hand sanitizer. Spray some of your leftover alcohol into your bottle and let them sit until the alcohol has evaporated then pour in your sanitizer.

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