Having a hard time finding hand sanitizer at the store? You’re not the only one! This is a picture of the toilet paper/paper towel/cleaning empty shelves from my local Target last night:

Crazy, right?!

So we all know that washing your hands for 20+ seconds with soap and hot water is the best option, but it’s great to have hand sanitizer on hand in a pinch and in between washes, especially during cold and flu season or, ya know, in the midst of a pandemic 😬.

And while there is a lot of advice on how to make DIY Hand Sanitizer recipes online, not all of them are in the proper proportions or have the proper ingredients to be effective! (Scroll below the recipes to see tips on the effectiveness of DIY hand sanitizers).

How to Make DIY Hand Sanitizer at Home

With that in mind, here are a couple of simple DIY hand sanitizer recipes that I love (and that have the proper ratio of ingredients):

DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe Using Detox Gelee (from Arbonne)

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💦2/3 cup 99% Rubbing Alcohol
🌱1/3 cup Arbonne Rescue & Renew Detox Gelee (buy it here)


  1. Combine ingredients into a measuring cup with a pour spout.
  2. Whisk with fork or small whisk.
  3. Pour into squeezable travel containers and give it a good shake.

That’s it! Took me less than 5 minutes to make. I found these little containers at Target for about $1 each, but they have some similar on Amazon as well.

This recipe is my favorite because the Detox Gelee is similar to Aloe Vera gel in that it soothes your hands, but doesn’t leave your hands feeling sticky (Aloe does). Plus, I’m kinda obsessed with this Detox Gelee because:

  1. It’s Arbonne (they ban over 2,000 harmful ingredients, are non-toxic, cruelty-free and botanically-based), and
  2. It’s made with beneficial botanicals that help with detoxification (dandelion extract, turmeric, ginger root). Plus, you don’t need to add any essential oils because the Gelee has essential oils in it already 🙌

DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe using Aloe Vera Gel (from Farmasi)

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If you’re looking for an Aloe Vera DIY hand sanitizer recipe, this one is great! It’s also friendlier on the budget than the Arbonne recipe above, and still uses products from a clean brand that adheres to European Standards.


💦2/3 cup 99% Rubbing Alcohol (the image above shows 91% or higher rubbing alcohol, but it should really be 99% for max effectiveness)
🌱1/3 cup Dr. C Tuna Aloe Gel form Farmasi (buy it here)
💧5 drops Dr. C Tuna Tea Tree Oil Serum from Farmasi (buy it here)


  1. Combine ingredients into a measuring cup with a pour spout.
  2. Whisk with fork or small whisk.
  3. Pour into squeezable travel containers and give it a good shake.

Easy-peasy! Still less than 5 minutes to make and just with the added ingredient of the Tea Tree Oil. And yes, you can pick up aloe vera gel and tea tree oil almost anywhere, but I love that Farmasi is a clean product and also super affordable, which is a hard combo to find!!

(You can read more about how to buy Farmasi products here on my blog post (plus how to get it at half off) or just click the links above to buy online.

How Much Alcohol Is Needed to Kill Germs and Be Effective as a DIY Hand Sanitizer?

Quick Answer: At least 60% alcohol content is needed to be an effective germ-killer (see this article on NYTimes for deets from the CDC)

Longer Answer: If you’re going to just pour alcohol straight from the bottle onto your hands, 60% concentration is fine. But that would be extremely drying to your hands and they’d get pretty uncomfortable pretty fast. This is why the recipes above mix the alcohol with a soothing agent, such as detox gelee or aloe vera. So when mixing with an additional ingredient, you need to make sure the alcohol content stays at a total of at least 60%, which is why you need a higher percentage of concentration. If the math hurts your head too much, don’t worry, I’ve done it for you and the recipes above are good to go!

Is Witch Hazel Effective as a Hand Sanitizer?

In short: NO. You might see some DIY hand sanitizer recipes floating around the internet that use witch hazel instead of alcohol. It’s not as harsh so some people like to use that instead, but they shouldn’t.

Here’s an excerpt from an article on Prevention.com:

“Witch hazel is an astringent, which means it’s has chemical compounds that shrink or constrict body tissues. But as for its ability to kill germs, doctors who specialize in infectious diseases say it’s not reliable. “There is no confirmatory evidence that witch hazel is effective as an antiseptic,” says infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, M.D.”

How About You?

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