DIY Anti-Bac Hand Gel

With the heightened focus right now on keeping your hands clean and bacteria free, I’ve been researching and trying out DIY naturally anti-bacterial hand gels.

You’ll be pleased to know I’ve made a super quick, easy and effective DIY hand gel recipe!

So, my all natural DIY hand sanitizer doesn’t dry out your skin like the chemical based gels, but is actually super nourishing because it’s made with aloe vera and vitamin E.

So here’s a bit more about my natural ingredients..

Aloe Vera Gel

Pure aloe vera gel has antibacterial and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it is super gentle and safe for sensitive skin.

The gel like consistency and the way it absorbs quickly into the skin makes it perfect for this recipe.

Rubbing Alcohol

If you’re looking for a 60% or higher alcohol content hand sanitiser for use in between hand washing swap out the Witch Hazel for Isopropyl Alcohol (aka rubbing alcohol).

The alcohol content is usually between 70-90% which kills most viruses and bacteria. It’s quite a harsh ingredient to use on your skin, but as long as you’re using this sparingly and hand washing regularly with a good hand moisturising routine, your hands will be fine. If you have sensitive skin, this may be too harsh for you.

Essential Oils

I’ve used Tea Tree and Lemon essential oils in my recipe. These two are some of the most powerful antibacterial essential oils around and really are the power house of this gel.

I’m no expert on essential oils, but you can read more on what makes Tea Tree work so well in this recipe, here – Tea Tree Oil Benefits, Uses and Potential Side Effects – Dr. Axe

I’ve used lemon as my secondary essential oil here, but you can choose from any antibacterial oil depending on how you want your gel to smell. Some great options are; Lavender, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Orange, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lemongrass!

Vitamin E (optional)

I’ve added in Vitamin E into this recipe to extend its shelf life (it’s a natural preservative) and to give some extra nourishment to my skin. It’s not essential to this recipe, but if you’ve got it, pop some in to make this gel that much better for your skin.

So, here’s my recipe!

This recipe is so simple and easy to make. You can pour the ingredients directly into the container when making, so you won’t event have any washing up afterwards!

What you’ll need

  • Small glass amber bottle (preferable) / an old hand gel bottle
  • 1 TBSP Aloe Vera Gel
  • 2 1/2 TBSP of Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1/4 tsp Vitamin E Gel
  • 16 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 8 drops Lemon Essential Oil (or another antibacterial Essential Oil)


  1. If using a bowl, measure out the Aloe Vera gel, Alcohol and Vit E if using. Alternatively just put the ingredients directly into the container.
  2. Mix them together / shake the container to mix. The recipe will turn slightly opaque when combined.
  3. Drop the essential oils into your container.
  4. If using the bowl transfer the mixture into the container with the back of a teaspoon, tapping down frequently.
  5. Shake again to combine the oils with the mixture.
  6. That’s it! You’re good to go!

Please note that using an antibacterial gel should NOT replace hand washing. Always wash your hands using warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds.

Use this gel to help tide you over until you can next wash your hands. It’s great to keep in your bag, in the car or on your desk at work.

Have you tried this recipe? Let me know how you find it in the comments!

Thanks for reading.

Emilie x

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