May 13, 2020 3 min read

Hand Sanitizer - that quick, easy, cheap, clear thick liquid that I could buy or get free when I couldn’t find a place to wash my hands.  Small bottles of the stuff would sit at the bottom of my purse, in the glove box of my car, my back-pack, grandkids diaper bags, and in my junk drawers.  Bottles were everywhere!   Sanitizer was a go-to for trade-show giveaways or as a business freebie bearing the business name in baskets on register counters.  Where have they all gone?

Due to Covid-19, I’ve probably spent hours stalking local stores and on-line resources looking for hand sanitizer.  I couldn’t find any!  Then I thought, “Ok self, let’s just make sanitizer! How hard can it be?”  It was impossible to find the ingredients!   A little time has passed and I am finally able to find some ingredients, but the prices have skyrocketed.  That being said, the Feds are saying that Covid-19 is going to be around for a while, and if history replays itself, other pandemics are likely.    So, let’s learn now how to make hand sanitizer!

First, let me say that all hand sanitizer recipes are not created equal.  There are recipes that are basic and contain mainly alcohol. They will work, but your hands will be cracked and stinging in a couple of days because the alcohol has dried them out.  You want recipes that will kill germs but will also keep your hands and your overall health protected.  Make sure you use good quality essential oils so that you’re getting all essential oil and no fillers.  I prefer Youngevity essential oils.

The following are a couple of great recipes, without alcohol, for hand sanitizer.


1 oz essential oil safe mister bottle, glass or PET plastic • 1 oz pure water
4 drops Youngevity Bay Laurel Essential Oil
 drops Youngevity Marjoram Sweet Essential Oil  

In the open mister bottle add 0.5 oz of water, then add essential oils. Replace cap tightly. Shake well 50 times. Remove the cap and add the remaining water. Replace cap tightly and shake well again. Shake before spraying. To use, mist on hands, then rub hands together. Also, mist on shopping cart handles, and even cash before handling. Those germs are everywhere! - For ages 5 years and older.


8 oz. flip-top PET bottle

¼ cup aloe vera gel

½ cup Kukui Carrier Oil

10 drops Eucalyptus Citriodora Essential Oil

10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

2 drops Lime Essential Oil (optional)

In an 8 oz. flip-top container, add the Kukui Carrier Oil, then essential oils.  Put the lid on tightly.  Pound the bottle on the palm of the hand 50 times to mix the ingredients together.  Remove the lid and add the aloe vera gel to the container.  Replace the lid and pound on the palm of the hand 50 times more.  Use as needed to naturally sanitize and moisturize your hands.

Questions can be emailed to:  eoilanswers@gmail.com
Rhonda Barker CA

DISCLAIMER: The information is provided for educational purposes only, not to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition, or prescribe in any way.  Any statements regarding the health benefits of foods, supplements, or essential oils listed on this blog have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The data presented here may not be complete or fully accurate.  As with all essential oils, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.

SAFETY WARNING: If applying an essential oil to the skin, always perform a small patch test by properly diluting the oil in an appropriate carrier oil and applying to an insensitive part of the body, such as inside of the elbow.  Use vegetable or milk to remove any essential oils causing irritation.  Always keep essential oils and blends away from children.  To slow oxidation and protect shelf life, store in a cool, dark place with lids tightly secured.  Never put oils in the ear canal or eyes.