Homemade Hand Sanitizer

December 26, 2015Allison Murray
Did you know you can make hand sanitizer at home? Aloe keeps skin hydrated and less alcohol keeps from drying them out in the first place.

Did you know you can make hand sanitizer at home? Aloe keeps skin hydrated and less alcohol keeps from drying them out in the first place.

So I make lists. Like compulsively. It’s a thing that both my sister and I do. We have lists for everything. Sometimes I’ll make a list of my to do lists so that I don’t forget anything from my work, shopping and maybe my getting ready to go out of town to do list. It’s freaking nuts. But I can’t combine those 3 lists without wanting to have a panic attack so I just roll with it :)

This is when I noticed that when I made all of my lists, on all but 2 (I have a freaking ton of project lists going) instead of writing down “hand sanitizer” for this project I wrote down “hanitizer”. I’m not sure why or how but that’s how in my family we often say it, without meaning to. It’s just evolved to this shortened version that’s a lot quicker to say, but isn’t really a word.

I’ve noticed that I do that sort of thing with  lot of stuff. I put the wrong emphasis on certain parts of words (my saying DVD drives some people insane) and then I have times where I omit words that I should be using like “of” or “about” because I guess I just don’t have time for that business :) But I’ve gotten way off track here… let’s make some homemade hand sanitizer, erm, hanitizer!

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Did you know you can make hand sanitizer at home? Aloe keeps skin hydrated and less alcohol keeps from drying them out in the first place.

See this squeeze tube here? This recipe fits almost perfectly inside of this 3 ounce tube. I get mine for a buck at Walmart and they are reusable.

And just so you know I dyed my hands with alcohol ink prior to doing this post, so yes, my hands are wonky but I am not unwell or working with dangerous solutions like acid or something :)

Did you know you can make hand sanitizer at home? Aloe keeps skin hydrated and less alcohol keeps from drying them out in the first place.

And look at that. While I was typing up my list I realized I can’t spell lavender correctly without spell check and I found another instance of hanitizer. Meh.

Did you know you can make hand sanitizer at home? Aloe keeps skin hydrated and less alcohol keeps from drying them out in the first place.

For this project you will need:

Did you know you can make hand sanitizer at home? Aloe keeps skin hydrated and less alcohol keeps from drying them out in the first place.

Measure out your aloe and glycerin. You can buy glycerin online or find it in the pharmacy section near first aid in big box stores and common big name pharmacies. The aloe I purchased from the hair care section near straighteners and whatnot because it has no alcohol in it but aloe is also available near sunscreens. Just be sure that your aloe doesn’t have “cooling” agents in it or anything weird.

Add your witch hazel too.

Did you know you can make hand sanitizer at home? Aloe keeps skin hydrated and less alcohol keeps from drying them out in the first place.

Lots of oils come in 1 or 2 ounce sizes but tea tree essential oil is amazingly useful, and I’ll be sharing more projects with this good stuff later on down the line. I purchase a big 4 ounce bottle of tea tree oil online. I like the quality of this brand and use it often.

Did you know you can make hand sanitizer at home? Aloe keeps skin hydrated and less alcohol keeps from drying them out in the first place.

Add your pretty smell to the mix. I used lilac though I meant to use lavender. :) Whoops!

Did you know you can make hand sanitizer at home? Aloe keeps skin hydrated and less alcohol keeps from drying them out in the first place.

Now getting it into your squeeze bottle can be a royal pain. I’ve taken a cue from cake decorating and I put mine in a zipper bag and snip the corner off…

Did you know you can make hand sanitizer at home? Aloe keeps skin hydrated and less alcohol keeps from drying them out in the first place.

…and “pipe” it into my bottle.

Did you know you can make hand sanitizer at home? Aloe keeps skin hydrated and less alcohol keeps from drying them out in the first place.

I love this handmade sanitizer so much partially because it’s got no alcohol except for what naturally occurs in witch hazel and that’s hardly anything at all! Yep, no alcohol  hand sanitizer is not all that difficult to make all because of tea tree oil :)

Did you know you can make hand sanitizer at home? Aloe keeps skin hydrated and less alcohol keeps from drying them out in the first place.

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Comments (3)

  • Pat Schwab

    December 31, 2015 at 1:54 AM

    Allison, I say certain words funny like pillow and chalk. It sometimes drives my kids crazy. I tell them “I am not going to change how I pronounce certain words like milk so quit trying”. I have always said certain words funny too. Happy New Year. Pat S

    1. Allison Murray

      January 2, 2016 at 10:39 AM

      Good to know I’m not the only one :) Happy New Year Pat!

  • Mike

    January 2, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Haha! I am so on the bandwagon with you here Allison. When it comes to list making, I could write a book about it. I do it all the time for pretty much everything, even for recreational things. My time these days is so limited that I simply can’t afford to waste it and I don’t want to forget to do anything, especially on my days off!

    And it’s probably no surprise to you that I carry a notebook around to help me with this obsessive activity. It’s sort of the all purpose notebook for me because it’s where I make my grocery lists, lists of books that I want to read, idea lists for my postcard ideas and other projects, to do lists for my work and home chores, need I say more? Oh, and it’s my “accountant” book, where I keep track of how much money that I spend and where I do my figuring. Basically, it’s the same thing most people use their phones for. Or a palm pilot. Remember those? I never had one but I remember when they were the big thing before cell phones took off. Okay, I’ve got to stop dating myself! :P

    Anyway, I couldn’t help but smile at your new word “hanitizer”. When you really think about it, that’s what it is. And being someone who always has to keep his hands clean, or at least germ free, hanitizer is the perfect word for this.

    And you know, making your own hand sanitizer is a great idea. You know how it says on the store bought ones on how it kills 99.9% of the germs (I’ve always wondered, “what about the .1%?)? I can’t help but wonder what else this stuff might be killing besides the germs. And alcohol dries my hands out really bad, especially in the winter. So homemade “hanitizer” sounds like the perfect alternative! And it sounds easy to do!

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