How do I… Make Hand Sanitiser?

As anti-viral hand gel seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth, I thought you may like to have a recipe for making your own.

Bear in mind these points:

  1. To be effective, at least 60% of the homemade hand sanitiser must be alcohol. This recipe is for 66% alcohol.
  2. Excessive use will cause skin to dry and crack, so invest in a good hand cream. E45 cream is extremely effective.
  3. Smokers beware, alcohol is extremely flammable, so keep cigarettes away.

What you need

Alcohol – 95% or above. Sold as Surgical Spirit or rubbing alcohol

Aloe Vera Gel or glycerine

A few drops of essential oil if you want some scent (from Holland and Barrett)


  • Funnel
  • Jug
  • Whisk
  • Small (plastic) bottles 50 -100ml in size. The sort of size used by Body Shop for travel shower gel will be fine. If you are using recycled bottles, make sure they are clean.



Measure out 2 parts alcohol and one part aloe vera (or glycerine) into the jug and whisk together. The aloe vera may clump, but this can be almost dispersed by whisking.

Add a few drops of essential oil (optional).

Decant into your bottles and label.

Where you can get supplies

Surgical spirit – chemist/pharmacy

Rubbing Alcohol – Amazon – often used in soap making. I bought some from the Warehouse Outlet in the High Street in Walton.

Aloe Vera gel – try Holland and Barrett (or Amazon).

Empty plastic bottles – Amazon, eBay or travel sets from supermarkets. Or recycle Body Shop (or similar) small bottles