Can’t find hand sanitiser at your local pharmacy? Here’s a DIY guide on how to make your own hand sanitiser to keep your hands squeaky clean.

With concerns about COVID-19 running high, it’s unsurprising that hand sanitiser has become difficult – if not impossible – to find. So, in case your local supermarket has run out of disinfectants and you’d like a quick spray-to-go, here is our easy guide on how to make your own hand sanitiser from the comfort of your home. 

DIY Hand Sanitiser


⅔-cup rubbing alcohol (99% isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol
⅓-cup aloe vera gel
1 recycled 1-2 oz soap bottle / plastic squeeze bottle or glass spray bottle

Optional: 10 drops of essential oil (commonly used scents: lavender, lemongrass, peppermint)


1. Take your clean soap bottle and fill 2/3 of it with rubbing alcohol.
2. Add 10 drops (or more) of your chosen essential oils.
3. Fill the rest of your bottle up with aloe vera gel and shake, or stir well.

You’re good to go! 

Additional Tips

Be sure to use at least 60% of the rubbing alcohol as this will be your active ingredient in the hand sanitiser. If made incorrectly, your hand sanitiser will be ineffective or may even harm your skin. It’s important to note that hand sanitisers work best on clean hands and may be less effective when hands are greasy or visibly dirty.

Ultimately, the best way to avoid infection is by thoroughly washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds or more, but it’s always good to have a backup plan in your hands. 


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