DIY Hand Sanitiser

Ok, firstly I want to preface this by saying that you may now find it difficult to find the key ingredient in this recipe - isopropyl alcohol. I ordered it online early last week (details below) and received it late yesterday. This product is usually stocked in Coles and Woolworths but because the world has gone absolutely crazy this week you’re lucky to even get a carton of milk right now (at least, that was my experience this morning 😵) Hopefully it will come back in stock soon 🤞🏻
The second thing I should add: while hand sanitiser is handy when you’re out and about, hand-washing has been proven as the #1 way to prevent germs from spreading - apparently more so than hand sanitiser where the corona virus is concerned. So if you can’t get your hands on a bottle or the ingredients to make some, don’t panic. Good old fashioned soap and water is much better according to the latest WHO advice.

Finally, a disclaimer - while I’ve researched this recipe extensively online, I’m not a scientist myself so I can’t make any claims about how well this will kill germs. All I can say is that this was the the most potent mix I could find. More about this in the story 👆🏻

OK, that’s all the serious business out of the way 😬


  • 2/3 cup isopropyl alcohol - must be at least 70% alcohol. I bought a 500mL bottle (100% alcohol) from Designer Makeup Tools - $21.90 which included postage.
  • 1/3 cup Aloe Vera . I used Plunkett’s 99% Pure Aloe Vera 150g $12.95 Plunketts. Try to get 99-100% pure - apparently some gels don’t mix well with the alcohol if they have lots of other additives.
  • 4 drops tea tree oil. This adds scent and also has antiseptic qualities. 10ml bottle from SuperPharmacy $5.99
  • 4 drops lavender oil. This also masks the scent of alcohol. 10ml bottle from SuperPharmacy $8.99
  • Spray bottles. I bought a 4pck of 50ml amber glass bottles on eBay from ByMe for $18.45
  • I made a few decals (‘handsï’ and ‘hand sanitiser’) for fun but obvs not necessary.
  • Whisk
  • Bowl
  • Funnel OR cake piping tip


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