DIY Hand Sanitizer with Witch Hazel

Hello Friend,

Before I share this all natural hand sanitizer recipe, I want to take a second to say THANK YOU! Thank you for the support you have shown during this interesting time. I know that support is shown in a variety ways. Whether it is by sharing my business with one of your friends or on social media, or by simply just sending a prayer up for SBA - it means a LOT. This season has quite a few unknowns as a business owner, but we serve an all-knowing God, and this too shall pass. For now, SBA is operating as normal and we could not be more thankful!

Okay, now that I got that off my chest...I am so excited to be sharing some exclusive DIYs with you via email! One of the most requested DIYs or questions I have received as of late is:

Q: Do you sell an all-natural hand sanitizer with witch hazel?

​A: No, I do not.... but I can share with you how to make a more natural one, than what the stores offer,  at home! #happydance

Is witch hazel a good hand sanitizer?

This homemade hand sanitizer is a great alternative to ones you can buy at the store, because it is made with more natural ingredients and it is anti-bacterial & anti-viral. I feel just as comfortable, if not more so, using this recipe than something I can buy at the store - & yes, I have been using it (& hubs too!) the last few days while out and about. It is quite drying to the hands though due to the alcohol content, so make sure you have some lotion on hand (no pun intended) in case you need some moisture.

Without further delay, let's go over how to make this simple DIY Hand Sanitizer with witch hazel.

But first!

CORONAVIRUS DISCLAIMER: This hand sanitizer is not a substitute for proper hand washing. While this home remedy does contain naturally antiviral ingredients, it has not been clinically tested to assess it’s effectiveness against viruses such as the novel coronavirus.

As always, check with your health care professional before using any home remedy on you or your family. ALWAYS test on a small area first to see if any reaction occurs.

Again, I do recommend washing hands often, especially when a virus is going around. Using this sanitizer should never substitute hand washing.

Okay, moving on...

What You'll Need for this DIY Hand Sanitizer

2 ounce spray bottle. You can reuse your SBA Balancing Toner Mist bottle if you have one. MAKE SURE TO RELABEL IT though so you do not spray this on your face! You can double the batch to make 4 ounces if desired.

DIY Hand Sanitizer Witch Hazel Recipe Ingredients

  • 25 drops of a carrier oil, which is 1/4 tsp. (optional). It can be olive oil or avocado oil (NOT coconut oil because it will solidify.
  • 3 tablespoons of witch hazel or isopropyl alcohol (see notes below, using witch hazel is not anti-viral)
  • 7 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 7 drops orange essential oil
  • 7 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 tbsp. water (or less depending on what bottle you end up using, so you may want to add in 1/2 a tbsp. and work your way from there)

*If you are feeling extra fancy (sometimes, I do) add 5 drops of lavender EO.

You may substitute water with aloe vera gel. I only recommend this IF you have legit aloe. Unfortunately, most of the aloes that do not have color, fragrance, or additives (thickening agents) in them have been bought up by large companies to make hand sanitizer recently. This is super annoying, because these large companies are in turn marking up the price of aloe a ridiculous amount and selling it for a hefty profit.


For a video tutorial on how to make a witch hazel hand sanitizer, check out this helpful video below!


Hand Sanitizer Ingredient Options

Essential Oils. You can use a variety of EOs with this recipe. I prefer to use Lemon, Orange, and Tea Tree. I happen to sell all three of these (check out my organic essential oil collection on the homepage). 


When I’m making this hand sanitizer, I use one of these two main ingredients below to dilute the essential oils:

  • Witch Hazel - This has the least amount of anti-microbial properties of the two. It is also the most gentle. I actually would not recommend this ingredient for a "sanitizer", but it is better than using just water. This recipe makes for a nice room spray when blended with witch hazel...
  • Rubbing Alcohol  ​- This is probably the most common alcohol used for a hand sanitizer. It is also the most readily available - most people already have it somewhere in their home. There are different strengths of rubbing alcohol. I personally use a 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, but some people use alcohol with a strength of up to 99%.


1. In spray bottle, combine drops of carrier oil (if you choose to use it), alcohol (or witch hazel), and essential oils. Twist spray top on tightly and shake well for 15-20 seconds.

2. Open bottle and fill to the top with distilled or filtered water. If all you have is tap water, that is fine too. Replace sprayer and shake again for 15-20 seconds.

Voila! Look at you, you DIY, germ-fighting, ninja!

For a label you can use a label printer machine or just print a name for your hand sanitizer onto regular paper. If you choose the latter, use clear tape to adhere the label to the bottle by placing it over the entire label.

How to Use

Spray 2-3 times in palm and rub your hands together until dry. You can use this simple DIY whenever you are out and about and do not have access to a sink and water.

Note: If you’ve read about how unhealthy the use of hand sanitizers can be, keep in mind that the danger exists in the chemicals used in commercial sanitizers. This DIY sanitizer recipe uses NONE of those harmful chemicals and depends on the essential oils & alcohol to kill germs.

Chelsea Henderson, CEO


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