How to Make Your Own Hand Cleanser

Learn how to make your own hand cleanser as a healthy alternative to commercial cleaners that are drying.

  • Aloe vera acts as the moisturizing ingredient in this simple sanitizer recipe. Using only four ingredients, it's the perfect recipe for learning how to make your own hand sanitizer.
    Photo by Fotolia/joanna wnuk
  • In "The Country Almanac for Housekeeping Techniques," Richard Freudenberger and the editors of "BackHome Magazine" have collected hundreds of formulas for effective cleaning, gardening and home maintenance — as well as ways that our ancestors saved on heating bills, prevented costly repairs and maintained a cozy, charming home with little besides ingenuity.
    Cover courtesy Fair Winds Press

Recent studies show that modern commercial household cleaners are causing serious health issues for individuals and their families. The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money (Fair Winds Press, 2012) by Richard Freudenberger and the editors of Back Home Magazine shows you how to keep a clean and healthy home for just pennies a day. Using a collection of formula for effective cleaning, gardening and home maintenance. Don’t just clean your household, get the longest life out of every item. The following excerpt explains how to make your own hand cleanser.

This recipe is not a substitute for cleaning solutions as recommended by the CDC. Please follow the CDC’s protocol on handwashing and disinfecting solutions to protect against COV-19 if absolute sterilization is required.

How To Make Your Own Hand Cleanser

Cost savings
You’ll spend about equal, but win by making a healthy alternative to drying commercial cleansers.

This moisturizing hand-cleanser contains no alcohol like off-the-shelf varieties.

Pocket-size gel hand cleansers are handy for on-the-go “cleanup,” but these formulas are drying, costly, and contain 60 to 90 percent alcohol. Why rub a formula on your hands that is potentially toxic before you eat? The risk elevates for mothers who carry cleansers to clean children’s hands. The good news: You can make your own safe, affordable hand cleansers.

Witch hazel, tea tree oil, and peppermint have antiseptic and astringent properties. They’re great germ killers. Aloe vera will prevent the skin from drying out—a welcome alternative to commercial cleansers that leave hands parched.

3/20/2020 3:39:57 PM

A mixture of 7 parts Straight Grain Neutral Spirits (aka Ever Clear - 95% ethanol) to 3 parts of your mixture will get most of the benefits of your mixture plus the benefit of about 65% ethanol, which is a comfortable level for proper viral disinfection. Essential oil of Lavender can be substituted for the Peppermint for a less pungent alternative. (An Old Country Doctor, now retired, with access to the knowledge of an Herb Woman.)

3/20/2020 11:47:11 AM

According to the CDC, "Many studies have found that sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60-95% are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Hand sanitizers without 60-95% alcohol 1) may not work equally well for many types of germs; and 2) merely reduce the growth of germs rather than kill them outright." If you cannot afford to risk your own health or that of your loved ones, do not depend on witch hazel, peppermint oil or tea tree oil to kill the novel coronavirus. In my opinion, it is misleading and irresponsible of Mother Earth News to publish the recipe it has just shared.

3/19/2020 5:40:55 PM

Please use an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Tea tree oil has not been shown to be valid at killing viruses according to While hand sanitizer is rough on the hands, it’s better than using something that may not work. If you want to make it at home, use: 2/3 90% or higher rubbing alcohol 1/3 aloe vera

Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

50 Years of Money-Saving Tips!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS for 50 years and counting, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters