DIY Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer Spray

Hand sanitizer.

It sounds like a great alternative to washing your hands with soap and water. It’s quick, portable, and convenient, especially when you don’t have running water nearby.

It’s important to be cautious of ingredients because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration  ruled in 2016 that manufacturers should stop using triclosan, a common ingredient in antibacterial soaps and sanitizers at the time, due to its ability to disrupt hormones and contribution to a rise in resistant strains of bacteria.

What’s a less-toxic alternative?


Hand washing with good old-fashioned soap in water is best. However, if you’re in a pinch or don’t have access to regular hand washing – you can make your own hand sanitizer spray really easily. This is what Drs. Megan & Adam use between patients to help minimize the spread of illness.

Since we recently made a new batch of hand sanitizer spray, some patients have asked what it is we use. You can find the recipe below, which we adapted from One Essential Community.

DIY Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer Spray

2 ounce spray bottle

  • add 1 tsp carrier oil such as, fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil (we used jojoba oil)
  • add 10-12 drops of essential oil (see below for combinations we’ve used)

EO blend 1–> 4 drops tea tree + 4 drops lavender + 2 drops lemon

EO blend 2 –> 5 drops wild orange + 5 drops tea tree

  • add 2-3 drops vitamin e
  • add 1/2 tsp glycerin
  • fill the bottle most of the way full with witch hazel (make sure to leave a little room for the spray top)

Put on spray top and shake to mix.

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