How to make hand sanitizer

DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipes

Aside from toilet paper, one of the most sought after products during the coronavirus pandemic has been hand sanitiser.

Our prime minister ScoMo has constantly reiterated that there isn’t a supply shortage but that hasn’t put an end to the panic buying, leaving supermarkets shelves completely empty. There has also been reports that a cancer clinic has had to resort to making their own sanitizer which further highlights there is a problem with the supply chain so I’m not sure why they would have to resort to this unless there is an issue with supply.

In order to help all our loyal readers which haven’t been able to obtain any for their own household, we’ve compiled a list of recipes we’ve found online.

Can Hand Sanitizer Kill Coronavirus?

Before running off and making your sanitizer, it’s important to note that according to the World health organization, it is still preferable to use soap and water to wash your hands properly reserving sanitizers as the second best option when hand wash facilities aren’t available.

Additionally, sanitizers lose their effectiveness if your hands are heavily soiled or greasy so keep this in mind when using it and always practice good hand hygiene by washing them regularly.

According to the CDC, you need a sanitizer which contains at least 60% Ethanol or 70% Isopropyl Alcohol is preferred.

Dangers of Making Hand Sanitizer

Making your own hand sanitizer is simple but it’s crucial you get the measurements right. Additionally, you need to make sure the alcohol is sourced from a reputable supplier and the alcohol is suitable for use in hand sanitizers. Unfortunately, due to increased demand there has already been a report of 4 children getting burnt due to home made sanitizer.

Dr Hadley King MD who is a certified dermatologists recently provided some tips on this article regarding DIY hand sanitizers.

Sanitizer ingredients

Easiest Hand Sanitizer Recipe with Glycerin

This is the easiest sanitizer recipe to make and you can even replace the glycerin with aloe vera if the glycerin isn’t readily available.

  • 2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol
  • 1/3 cup vegetable glycerin.


  • Put both ingredients carefully in a clean bowl and mix thoroughly
  • Put them in a bottle for later use whenever required

WHO Recipe –

This is the official hand sanitizer recipe from the World Health Organization, the original recipe listed on their website was for a very large 1000L batch which just isn’t practical for most people but luckily the good people at ZME Science has converted this into a volume which is more suitable for the average person –

  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of 91% isopropyl alcohol (you can substitute for 99% rubbing alcohol or even 80% alcohol, but be careful with the ratios and amounts — you can leave a bit extra alcohol, but make sure you don’t go below 60% in the final product);
  • 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide;
  • 1 teaspoon of 98% glycerin;
  • half of a small cup or a quarter of a larger cup of sterile water (either distilled water or boiled water).


  • Pour the alcohol into a clean container, pouring gently;
  • Add the hydrogen peroxide;
  • Add the glycerin and stir gently but thoroughly;
  • Add the water;
  • Sanitize the containers;
  • Pour into containers.

Hand Sanitiser with Aloe Vera Gel

This is a recipe we found on Heathline which uses a mixture of rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel. It is claimed that the aloe vera gel counteracts the harshness of the alcohol and prevents your skin from being dry. A few drops of essential oils are also added for fragrance.

  • 3/4 cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent)
  • 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel
  • 10 drops of essential oil, such as lavender oil, or you can use lemon juice instead


  • Pour all ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a pouring spout like a glass measuring container.
  • Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel.
  • Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it “hand sanitizer.”

Hand Sanitiser Recipe with tea tree oil by Shannon Lush

This is the hand sanitizer recipe from our very own Shannon Lush which was shared on a number of breakfast radio shows including 6pr, ABC and 7news.

  • One cup alcohol (minimum 80%)
  • Two teaspoons of glycerine
  • One teaspoon tea tree oil


  • Pour all ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly with a spoon
  • Put ingredients into a bottle for later use whenever required
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