Hand sanitizer is a liquid or gel generally used to decrease infectious agents on the hands. Formulations of the alcohol-based type are preferable to handwashing with soap and water in most situations in the healthcare setting.

To slow the spread of coronavirus we are being told to wash our hands more frequently for at least 20 seconds, preferably with soap and water, or failing that, with hand sanitizer. The resulting rush to buy hand sanitizer has led to empty shelves in supermarkets and chemists.

But fear not, if you can’t find it on the shelves, there are ways to make hand sanitiser at home.

It’s important to remember that just using hand sanitiser is not a complete substitute for handwashing. But when you can’t get to water and soap, it can be a useful safeguard against catching COVID-19.

This recipe comes from Popular Science. 

A simple recipe for Sanitizer…


2/3 cup of at least isopropyl alcohol (also known as “rubbing alcohol) (at least 70%alcohol)
1/3 cup of aloe vera gel
15 drops of tea tree/lemongrass/eucalyptus oil

Method :-

1. Pour the alcohol into a bowl.

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. I have used the Patanjali Aloe vera gel.

3. Add the essential oil – Tea tree, lemongrass and eucalyptus oils are naturally antibacterial, making them great for homemade sanitizer. I have used a Eucalyptus oil because Eucalyptus Essential Oils support the respiratory system and soothe physical discomforts.

4. Whisk– Mix all ingredients, whisk and beat the ingredients until they form a smooth clear liquid.

5. Sanitise your chosen bottle and pour in your hand sanitizer.