Making your own effective hand sanitizer

Two weeks ago Trader Joe’s was selling Grapefruit & Lemon Hand Sanitizer Spray for around $2. Not only does it kill 99.9% of germs, but it also has moisturizing aloe and vitamin E. As the Coronavirus continues to spread, I sprayed my hands constantly with this nice smelling spray. It became my favorite item to keep in my pocket or purse.


Going back to Trader Joe’s to stock up, I noticed the shelves were empty of my new favorite hand sanitizer. I visited Sprouts, Gelsons, Vons and Ralphs grocery stores looking for hand sanitizer – none.

While at Ralphs, I noticed a display of small bottles of 91% Isopropyl Alcohol. Shoppers were putting four to five bottles in their full shopping cart. Next to this display were larger bottles of 70% Isopropyl Alcohol. Studies show 91% is more effective than 70%.


My older daughter was sent a recipe of how to make hand sanitizer from a friend’s mother, so I purchased two of the 91% bottles and brought them home to have my daughters help make our own homemade sanitizers.

It’s so easy, and gave me peace of mind, that I don’t have to rely on going out to the store searching the shelves. Besides washing hands, hand sanitizers are one of the most proactive essentials to staying well during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s what your need:

  • 1 two cup measuring cup or bowl
  • 1 cup of Isopropyl Alcohol (at least 91%)
  • 1/2 cup of Aloe Vera gel
  • Vitamin E oil (a drop or two)
  • 1-5 drops of Essential oils:

Rosemary Essential Oil is best known for its stimulating, soothing, and pain relieving properties.

Tea Tree Oil as been proven time and time again to kill viruses, bacteria, mold, and fungi. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory.

Lemon and Orange Oil are both natural disinfectants.

Lavender Oil multipurpose oil is purported to have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

Vitamin E oil helps balance the drying effects from the alcohol.


Here’s how to make your very own DIY hand sanitizer:

In a measuring cup or bowl combine Isopropyl Alcohol and Aloe Vera. Add a few drops of vitamin E and essential oils. At first it will look watery, whisk the mixture together until it becomes a gel. Pour mixture in all of your small and large plastic bottles. Since this is too thick to be a spray, use 1 ounce of witch hazel instead of aloe vera gel if you desire a finer spray.

Stay well my friends and email me if you have any questions at






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