How to Make Hand Sanitizer with All Natural Products

Witch Hazel and Aloe Hand Sanitizer

How do you feel about Hand Sanitizer? Do you fall into the obsessive compulsive class where you can’t touch a public doorknob without a bottle at the ready? Or are you more in the “if it’s only been on the floor for 5 seconds, how dirty can it be?” camp?

Either way, I’ve got a recipe for Witch Hazel and Aloe Hand Sanitizer that is super easy to make and will leave your hands not only cleaner, but softer! That’s something those alcohol based hand sanitizers can’t say.

How to Make Hand Sanitizer with Witch Hazel and Aloe:


  • 4 oz Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1/2 T Witch Hazel
  • 1 Vitamin E Capsule
  • Lavender Essential Oil

In a large bowl, whisk together the witch hazel and aloe vera gel. Poke a hole in the vitamin E capsule and squeeze the contents into the mixture. Whisk in. Add 5 to 10 drops of lavender oil. Pour into a 4 oz squeeze bottle to use. **If you have an opaque bottle, that will help the stability of the essential oil.**


Witch Hazel – Witch Hazel extract is an all natural product with astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and anesthetic properties. All of those properties make Witch Hazel perfect for use as a hand sanitizer.

Aloe Vera – The gel from the aloe vera plant is naturally moisturizing. The use of it in hand sanitizer helps keep your hands soft instead of drying it out. You want 100% Aloe Vera Gel – not the green or blue kind.

Lavender Oil – This essential oil is also an antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial. Plus, it makes stuff smell good. You can find Lavender Oil here.

Vitamin E – The addition of the vitamin E should help keep the product stable.

Mix up a batch & sanitize away! You can feel good knowing that all the ingredients in this sanitizer are all natural! And as long as you’re making up all natural products, why not make Yoga Mat Cleaning Spray? OR Make up some Sunburn After Care!

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  1. How long will it keep?

  2. That is neat!

  3. Is this recipe safe for infants, say starting at 6 months? Also, could grapefruit seed extract/oil be used instead?

  4. Cathy, Unfortunately, I would say anything with essential oils would not be safe. You’re better off with old fashioned soap and water. Thanks for asking, Andrea

  5. Chandra, If you keep it out of direct sunlight, for several months! Andrea

  6. This sounds wonderfully easy! Any suggestions to replace the Vitamin E?

  7. Hi Lisa, The Vitamin E is just in there to help preserve the product. If you don’t want to use it, leave it out and just make sure to use an opaque bottle & keep it out of direct sunlight. Your hand sanitizer should still last for several months. Thanks for asking, Andrea

  8. Are there different types of aloe vera? I bought Fruit of the Earth brand and it was so thick, there was no way I was able to “pour” this into my bottle.
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you

  9. Hi!!! Do you think the witch hazel is antibacterial enough? I was looking into this and read you need 60% or more alcohol to have an effective hand sanitizer. Thanks!

  10. Is there a substitution for the aloe Vera? One of my friends is allergic. Thanx. πŸ™‚

  11. Audra, Oooo. That is a toughie. I don’t have a solution for you. Sorry, πŸ™ Andrea

  12. Hey Adrienne, Well, the gold standard of course is to wash your hands. But is it “enough”? For the way I use hand sanitizer it is. Andrea

  13. Silly question but what does “T” stand for? Teaspoon or tablespoon, or something else?

  14. Hi Nina, Not a silly question! Tablespoon. πŸ™‚ Andrea

  15. May Brit Reyes says:

    DoTERRA’s lavender is safe for infants. It is certified pure.

  16. Ok… I’m checking out this Vitacost website (awesome… thank you!) and I found a witch hazel with aloe and lavender! It even has the vitamin E in it…

  17. Glad you like the Vitacost website Jessica ~ I’m hoping the UPS man brings me my latest order today! They had a great price on dishwasher detergent. πŸ™‚ Burt’s Bees also makes a witch hazel and aloe hand sanitizer. Sometimes I think marketers want us to pay for the pretty package & make us believe they have a magic formula. Nope. We can do it ourselves! Thanks for commenting, Andrea

  18. Thank you May Brit for the information! I know readers will want to know. Andrea

  19. Is there a substitute for Aloe Vera? It makes me break out in a rash…

  20. Kristine, I don’t have a substitute that I know of. You aren’t the first one to remark on an aloe vera rash. I’ll do some research, and if I come up with something, I’ll let you know! Andrea

  21. Can I used vitamin oil, instead of the capsule?

  22. Hi Elizabeth, If it is the same thing, sure! Andrea

  23. Why are

  24. Hey BLNG, I’m not sure I understand your question. I think essential oils are safe. Andrea

  25. Where can I find witch hazel that does not have alcohol added to it?

  26. Hi Andrea this sounds awesome.. I am definitely going to make some but not because I believe we need hand sanitizer but because it is a natural hand sanitizer.. As you mentioned above our best solution is washing our hands properly.. Our bodies still need germs so they can build their own line of defense.. Without this we are more easily prone to the simplest of colds.. Companies have pushed the use of sanitizer not because we need them but because they want fatter wallets..

  27. Thank you Christine for your insightfulness! Indeed companies want fatter wallets and have really been selling the public a falsehood. πŸ™

  28. Hi Vicky, If you want the purest witch hazel, here is a link to where you can get 100% organic witch hazel: It is a bit spendy, but it is alcohol free. Andrea

  29. Elizabeth asked if she could use Vitamin E oil instead of the capsule. In researching Vitamin E use on the skin, I found that the Vitamin E in the capsule is pure (unless it is a synthetic) and the oil you find in the bottle is actually Vitamin E in a carrier oil. Therefore, if you’re using the E to stabilize the gel, you may not get the same effect using the bottled E.

  30. Tammy, Thank you for the information! I will definitely need to look into carrier oils in my vitamin E. Andrea

  31. Don’t Forget hand sanitizers need alcohol to be effective.

  32. Sue Apito says:

    “Witch Hazel – Witch Hazel extract is an all natural product with astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and anesthetic properties. All of those properties make Witch Hazel perfect for use as a hand sanitizer.”

    Where is the scientific proof that witch hazel extract is anti-microbial, antibacterial or antifungal?

    Because if that were true…it could be sold “as is”…but it isn’t. In order to be shelf stable and not grow bacteria, fungus and microbes…the companies that sell commercial Witch Hazel add 14-15% alcohol to preserve it. It’s still a natural product because alcohol is 100% natural and the ONLY safe – and legal – hand sanitizer.

  33. I have an allergy to lavender ( well most floral scents). Would tea tree oil work in it’s place? Any others I could substitute for the lavender that would be as effective?

  34. Hey Karen, Tea Tree Oil should work out great! Give it a go, Andrea

  35. I just made some with Young Living Thieves oil. It smells great.

  36. Can you use Aloe Vera from your own plant to make this mixture?

  37. Katie! Yes! You could definitely use Aloe from your own plant. Andrea

  38. How about veg. glycerine? Would that that help with moisturing?

  39. Hi Cathy, I’ve never tried it with veg. glycerine, but I think it would work. Not sure the proportions though. It would have to be an experiment. Andrea

  40. It’s the alcohol in antibacterial hand gels that kills the bacteria. Witchhazel is not an ingredient that I know to kill bacteria (it might but no hand gels uses it).

  41. Hi great question and answer site I too would like to know of a sub for aloe vera if anyone comes up with it i am bothered with a rash by it my daughter gets actual blisters and my granddaughter was not even two hours yes hours old when she had a bright red issue all over her diaper area and I had to have them check for aloe in the diaper and yep sure enough aloe in the diaper doctor’s say it doesn’t run in families but it does in ours so there is always an exception to the rule and the need to ere on the side of caution especially with infants and small children they have delicate skin

  42. Okay, not so bright here but 4 oz equals to what in cup size wise? I’m new to all this stuff and learning as I go. Sorry if this is a dumb question. I’ve seen big containers full of Aloe Vera sold so that is why I am wondering.

  43. hi, it is lovely concept. Im sure about the therapeutic properties of excipients you used in this but have cheched product efficacy or any clinical trial for this.

  44. Yes! All of the products used in this recipe have been tested and their uses have been well documented.

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