Make your own hand-sanitizer…

Make your own hand-sanitizer…

Bottles of isopropyl alcohol have been a staple at every drugstore, pharmacy, and grocers since Victoria reigned the British Empire. Most of it is 70% alcohol (the other 30% is water). In the same locales, one can generally find 90% (or higher) isopropyl alcohol. Both are generally sold in pint (16 oz/0.47L) or quart (32 oz/0.95L) bottles, and cost $2–8. Either one is the crucial ingredient in making your own hand sanitizer—and it’s a lot cheaper than buying brand-name versions in tiny bottles.

You’ll want a small spray bottle (more than one is best, so you can keep them in many places around home, work, auto, etc.)


  • 1 pint (16 oz) rubbing alcohol, 70% by volume
  • 1 oz glycerin
  • 0.5 oz skin-friendly oil (apricot kernel or sweet almond or your preference)
  • 3-5 drops each of essential oils (not fragrance oil!)
    lavender, spearmint, geranium, lemongrass, lemon, sweet orange

You may choose other essential oils for preference; in particular, lavender, rosemary, thyme, sage essential oils are all antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.

  1. Using a clear measuring container, first add the alcohol.
  2. Add the glycerin and stir with a stainless steel implement until completely transparent, with no cloudiness.
  3. Add the skin oil.
  4. Drip in the essential oils of your choice.
  5. Stir again until entirely mixed.
  6. Using a small funnel, fill your empty, clean spray bottle(s), add spray caps, & label them.