I bet you didn’t know how easy it is to make your own homemade hand sanitizer gel. Proper handwashing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs and viruses!  In rare instances, when you don’t have access to soap and water, and you are out and about and nowhere near a sink, you can use this.

In fact, you can make loads of homemade cleaning products like DIY Cleaning Wipes, Shower Cleaner, and Thieves cleaner right at home.

homemade hand sanitizer in pink bottle with free printable label alcohol and aloe vera in the background

DIY Hand Sanitizer Ingredients

Here is what you will need to whip up your very own hand cleaner. (affiliate links included)

hand sanitizer supplies alcohol aloe funner measuring spoons tea tree oil and glass bowl

How do you make hand sanitizer Gel?

Yes, it is easier than you think to make homemade sanitizer with aloe. If you don’t like store-bought or can’t find it you can start making hand sanitizer at home. You only need a few ingredients 91% isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel. Add in essential oils if you like.

This is an easy project to make with kids. I have found that when you get them involved in the process they take ownership and are more likely to use. It works too for making dinner and getting them to eat veggies.


This rubbing alcohol and aloe vera hand sanitizer is all about the ratio,  3 parts 91% isopropyl alcohol and 1 part aloe vera gel. You may add in a few drops of essential oils too. A couple of drops is plenty for a small bottle.

You are going to be surprised how easy it is to make this!


Measure out the aloe vera gel and alcohol to a bowl.


Whisk the two ingredients to combine until it is a smooth consistency. 


You are done!  How easy was that! Add the finished hand sanitizer to the type of container that best suits your needs. Don’t forget to label with one of the free labels below.

whisking ingredients together with aloe vera

Another easy way is to fill your container 3/4 full of the 91% isopropyl alcohol and the rest of the bottle with the aloe then a few drops of essential oil.

Free Printable DIY Hand Sanitizer Gel Labels

It is important to keep homemade products labeled! The active ingredient is alcohol so we want to be safe and keep it labeled especially for young children.

pink bottle aloe vera gel tea tree oil and alcohol glass bowl and yellow towel printable labels

I have included round and square labels so they work for a variety of bottle shapes and sizes. Download the file, print on a solid sheet of sticker paper.  To keep the ink from smearing from freshly sanitized hands I covered the label with clear packing tape.  I then used a 1 3/4 inch circle punch to cut out the round labels. It is easy enough to cut the square labels with scissors.

hand sanitizer in pink bottle with white circle label  yellow towel aloe vera essential oils mixing bowl in background

Can I use vodka?

No, you can’t you vodka (ethyl alcohol) or other grain alcohol to make hand sanitizer. The alcohol content matters. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends your sanitizer must be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective. Using at least 91% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) is best. Sorry, regular vodka and whiskey won’t cut it. Witch hazel will not work either

DIY Hand sanitizer Spray

If you are wondering how to make a hand sanitizer spray simply put this hand sanitizer with aloe in a small spray bottle.


Using alcohol based hand sanitizer is recommended when you cannot wash your hands.  Wash your hands as soon as possible after using hand sanitizer to ensure they are clean.

Keep Germ Free with These Great Ideas

Now you know how to make sanitizer you might like to try one of these other ideas.

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  1. Does this turn out thick because of the aloe vera gel? Because I bought rubbing alcohol in spray bottles so I could mix up the ingredients and then pour it back into the spray bottles. I see you used a squeeze bottle. I don’t want to end up with a clogged mess if I can help it. :-/

  2. Love your site! Just wondering what section of store is aloe vera gel sold?

    I saw Dr. Ian do this on Rachael Ray show and his proportions were 2 parts alcohol to 1 part aloe vera gel. He said it could also be put in a spray bottle.


  3. Thank You for sharing!! Your amazing!! I love what you do….I don’t know how you find the time. I saw a lot of labels, just not the hand sanitizer labels. I’m 67 and didn’t learn all of “This” in school. Thank you for the quick response.

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