Back to School Essentials: DIY Hand Sanitizer

Some don’t want to face it when summer is winding down because we all know what that means … it’s back to school time, and kids will be going back to a school that harbors millions of germs.

With the average desk containing 400 times more germs than a toilet seat, and the average cafeteria tray carrying more than 10 times that same seat’s germs, hand sanitizers are a necessity that you and your children both need.

Instead of adding to the list of all the other school supplies you’ll need to buy, why not make your own hand sanitizer at home? You’ll know exactly what’s in it and there are no hard-to-read ingredients and synthetic fragrances that may pose more of a threat than you think.

The Truth About Your Favorite Hand Sanitizer

Have you ever noticed that your hands seem extra dry after you use commercial brand hand sanitizers? Reason being is the high alcohol content that’s present in most of them.

Even though the occasional pumps of hand sanitizer isn’t going to hurt, prolonged use will cause a variety of complications over time, including:

Try our homemade hand sanitizer to make sure your family is protected all year round.

Simple Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer

While soap and water can get your hands clean, going back to school requires a little more protection. With the average hand sanitizer drying your skin out and potentially making you sick, it’s time for a hand sanitizer that can moisturize and kill germs at the same time.

This concoction is made with ingredients that will not only kill germs but nourish your skin in the process. With essential oils like rosemary and cinnamon, it can also boost mental clarity as well.

Witch hazel is the prime ingredient in this recipe when it comes to fighting off germs. For those who aren’t aware, witch hazel is a natural astringent that can help lessen bacteria growth while accelerating the healing of scars, scabs and infections.

Aloe vera has healing capabilities as well and it is also super hydrating for your skin. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals that contribute to premature skin aging.

With all these nourishing ingredients that cater to your skin, you’ll want to keep this sanitizer on hand at all times.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup of aloe vera
  • 1/2 cup of witch hazel
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
  • 5 drops of cinnamon essential oil
  • 7 drops of wild orange essential oil
  • 5 drops of rosemary


  1. Combine all the ingredients except the essential oils in a bowl.
  2. Mix together and then add in your essential oils.
  3. Store your hand sanitizer in a jar or squeeze tube.

Note: This recipe will make about 12 fluid ounces.

As a word of caution, any hand sanitizer, homemade or bought, should be kept out of reach of young children to prevent them from swallowing it. Store your concoction in a cool place and enjoy being germ-free.

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Crunchy Betty, B., Lola, L., K., S., A., . . . Martha Points. (2017, June 19). Easy Homemade Hand Sanitizer That Works on Three Levels. Retrieved from