When you are out and about, it is always good to carry a hand sanitizer with you for you and your kids. Here at Tinkerer, we have found two recipes for you to try. One is great for sensitive hands if your child has sore skin and can’t use strong alcohol-based sanitizers. The other is an alcohol sanitizer you can make at home.


Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer

Aloe Vera Gel and Plant

You’ll need:

  • 160 ml rubbing alcohol or vodka
  • 80 ml pure aloe vera gel
  • 8 to 10 drops of essential oil
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Funnel
  • Container


  1. Mix the alcohol and aloe vera until smooth.
  2. If you want to thicken the mixture, then add more aloe vera gel.
  3. If you want the mixture to be thinner, then add more alcohol.
  4. Add the essential oils to the mixture one drop at a time.
  5. Stir the mixture every time you add another drop.
  6. Keep stirring and adding more drops until the scent is to your liking.
  7. Get the funnel and pour the mixture into the container.

Your hand sanitizer is ready to use. If you have extra mixture leftover, you can store it in a glass jar. 


Witch Hazel-Based Hand Sanitizer

Witch Hazel Plant

You’ll Need:

  • 240 ml pure aloe vera gel
  • 1 ½ teaspoons witch hazel
  • 30 drops of tea tree oil
  • 5 drops essential oil
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Funnel 
  • Container


  1. Mix the aloe vera gel, tea tree oil and witch hazel until the mixture is smooth.
  2. If it is too thin, add more aloe vera gel.
  3. If it is too thick, add witch hazel.
  4. Stir in the essential oils. 
  5. Stir the mixture thoroughly every time you add another drop. Tea tree already smells strong, so you might not need as much essential oil. 
  6. Use a funnel to pour the liquid into the container. 

If you have extra, then put it in a glass jar with a tight lid. 


Notes on Use

Shake gently before each use.

Try not to expose essential oils to sunlight.

The mixture should last approximately 6 months.


Notes on the Ingredients


Vodka is an effective and odorless germ killer however it is not as effective as rubbing 99.9% alcohol. The vodka you use should be high strength, 40% alcohol. 

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel has antimicrobial and antiviral properties. The active compounds are carvacrol and eugenol. It can kill some bacteria and yeast. The antibacterial compounds in witch hazel is an astringent, not an antiseptic. It will not sterilize germs the way rubbing alcohol does. 


Essential Oils

Essential oils that you might consider using are eucalyptus, lemongrass, tea tree, cloves, cinnamon, lavender, peppermint. Some of these have been shown to kill bacteria. Tea tree oil will kill bacterial if it is at a 0.5-1% concentration in your mixture. 

Essential Oil Plants

We hope you found this guide useful. Remember that these sanitizers will not kill 100% of germs. You should still encourage your children to wash their hands with soap and warm water to help prevent bacteria spreading. 


Written by,

Rebecca Clifton




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