DIY Natural Hand Sanitiser Spray

with essential oils

DIY Natural Hand Sanitiser Spray

Step-by-Step Guide

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic elevated the need to sanitise our hands and living spaces. Hand sanitisers suddenly became premium commodities for the ‘new-normal’ lifestyle. Keeping harmful microbes at bay is awesome; however, the type of hand sanitiser spray you use matters greatly. 

Commercial hand sanitisers may contain harmful components like methanol and triclosan. In fact, the FDA has recalled all hand sanitisers containing methanol. This is a highly toxic alcohol that can be fatal upon ingestion. Triclosan on the other hand was declared unsafe in 2016 by the FDA. This hormone-disrupting chemical also plays a role in promoting the development of resistant bacteria strains.

Commercial hand sanitisers are not cheap and many are simply not safe for use by children. With that said, using hand sanitiser is still critical to good health. The next best option is a natural hand sanitiser that you can make at home. You can save money and create something effective and safe for your family.

Using Essential Oils In Your Hand Sanitiser

Essential oils are potent aromatic fluids that can kill harmful microbes and leave your hands and spaces sanitised. Apart from destroying harmful germs, these oils are awesome for skin hydration and restoration. Their aromas are calming to the mind and overall, you tap into a world of health benefits. Some of the best oils for sanitising include lavender, orange, sweet marjoram, lemon, lemongrass and many more.

Step-by-Step Natural Hand Sanitiser Recipe

Making an all-natural hand sanitiser at home is easier than you can imagine. It also saves you a fortune in the long term! You will need a couple of ingredients as detailed below;

You Will Need:

  • Quarter cup (60ml) aloe vera gel
  • Essential oil of your choice 15-20 drops
  • Half a cup (120ml) 99% rubbing alcohol 
  • Reusable spray bottle
  • A tablespoon distilled water
  • A small mixing bowl


  • Start by mixing the aloe vera gel with the rubbing alcohol until well combined. 
  •  Add your chosen essential oils and mix them in. It could be lavenderpeppermint, tea tree, sweet orange and more. Just make sure not to use more than 20 drops for a quarter cup of aloe vera gel.
  • To have the desired spray consistency, use some distilled water in the mix if needed. 
  • Transfer the contents to a spray bottle. 
  • Use this just like any hand sanitiser spray. 


For hand sanitisers to be effective your mix must contain at least 60% alcohol. Remember to use 99% rubbing alcohol. 


As you can see, anyone can make hand sanitiser spray at home with natural ingredients. Essential oils have healing properties for better wellbeing. For pure essential oils, Organic Aromas South Africa is your one-stop aromatherapy store. Quality oils are the key to making the most effective DIY natural hand sanitising spray.

Let us know what you think about this recipe or share your own recipes in the comments below. We love to hear from you!

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51 thoughts on “DIY Natural Hand Sanitiser Spray

  1. Candice Van Der Linde says:

    I much prefer to use natural organic products especially in today day and age. I definitely want to try this natural hand sanitizer recipe

    • Preba says:

      A sanitizer with skin hydration & restoration properties? It doesn’t get better than this! Thank you

    • Rachael says:

      So easy to make. Will definitely try this, my hands are so dry from store purchased sanatiser. Aloe vera is always good, and now it will smell great too.

    • Deserisé says:

      This is such a wonderful blogpost. I’ll definitely try this easy recipe. I always prefer natural products.

  2. Tracy K says:

    Didn’t realise that making sanitiser at home was so easy! And we’d be able to choose the fragrance we prefer – Sweet Orange sounds lovely and fresh.

  3. Bernice Harman says:

    Skin hydration is so important. Most shops are using sanitizer that has most definately damaged my skin. The alternative is organic for hydration that doesn’t make your hands look like they’ve again sooner than later!

  4. Natasha M says:

    This is awesome, it’s always great to add to your self care and well being. Remember to love yourself enough to look after yourself.

  5. Lorecia Swartz says:

    WOWWWW!!! I love this product.
    All natural and eco-friendly is always a bonus.

  6. Aletta Coetzee says:

    I would really love this!! My son of 7 is autistic and with all the benefits Organic Aromas oils it will do so much for us.

  7. Jenny Lightfoot says:

    This is great! I love the fact that this homemade product is moisturizing and better yet, that I can choose my own fragrance! Thanks for the recipe. I am on my way to make my first batch

  8. Rozanne Wessels says:

    Ek is mal oor die olies. Dit ruik hemels en laat jou hele huis kalm voel. My seuntjie slaap baie sleg. Vanaf ek olies begin gebruik het, kan ek def n verskil in sy slaap sien. 1 happy mommie

  9. Genevieve Hendricks says:

    Wow this is amazing! Thank you for sharing the DIY natural hand sanitiser spray this will definitely be a fun activity for me and my family to do this long weekend.

  10. Linda J Graskie says:

    I always use natural/organic whenever possible and will definitely try this hand sanitizer recipe

  11. Leatitia du Toit says:

    This sounds much better for the skin than the crap they use at shop entrances. Thank you!

  12. Raeesa Setar says:

    I’m obsessed with aloe vera gel, Love that your recipe uses it! Thanks for this, definitely trying it out soon!

  13. Edlyn says:

    I prefer to make it my own I know what is inside of it thank you for this I will never buy commercial sanitizer

  14. Shaheeda Loofer says:

    What an insightful article.. Definitely going to try this.. I love citrus scents so will source this for dure

  15. Saleha Desai says:

    Natural products are always safest and best. I definitely will be giving this recipe a try, never knew its so easy to make❤️

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