Is your hand sanitizer drying out your hands? Here’s an alcohol free DIY Thieves Hand Sanitizer recipe!

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on May 29, 2015

I don’t often use hand sanitizer as I’m a firm believer in the power of soap and water (plus, exposure to a little bit of germs is good for building up the immune system).  However, I work with people daily and people get sick.  So I do tend to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in my counseling office to de-germ after sick clients have been in for session.  But I’ve never liked how dry the alcohol in hand sanitizer makes my hands.  Plus, if you have eczema or get cracks in your skin during winter months then alcohol burns like the dickens! We’ve already discussed in detail how wonderful I think Thieves oil is for its ability to prohibit bacteria and fungal growth as well as its immune enhancing properties so naturally as my hand sanitizer was getting low I thought Why not find a DIY hand sanitizer recipe that uses my new favorite oil! I checked out several and landed on one in particular that struck my fancy so I didn’t need to make any changes.  I like it so much I think I’m going to make a separate batch to keep in my diaper bag for when I need a quick clean after diaper blowouts!

However, if you are an avid hand sanitizer junkie you need to be aware that since this recipe contains no alcohol it does not dry as fast as you are used to… but it WILL dry! And your hands will thank you because they will feel nice and moisturized thanks to the Aloe Vera gel and Vitamin E oil!

Check out the recipe below for a DIY non-toxic, alcohol-free hand sanitizer from the Eat Craft Parent blog:

DIY Hand Sanitizer

DIY (non-toxic) Hand Sanitizer


  • Pure Aloe Gel
  • ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
  • 6 drops Thieves EO – buy it here
  • Distilled water (I had planned to use purified bottled water)
  • small squeeze bottle (I used a cleaned recycled hand sanitizer bottle)


  1. Start with filling your squeeze bottle with aloe, about ⅔ full.
  2. Next, add the Vitamin E.
  3. Add 6 drops of Thieves Essential Oil and give it a shake.
  4. Lastly, add a little distilled water until it is to the consistency you like. (Because of the consistency of the aloe vera gel I bought I didn’t need to use any water)

** The pure Aloe Vera gel I purchased was actually marketed as a dietary supplement (vs the alcohol free version of aloe gel you can get in the sunscreen aisle) and I didn’t realize until I got home that it says refrigerate after opening… so, will have to see if my choice has unexpected consequences, i.e., mold, after a few months.  If you plan to make this recipe, I’d buy the cheap stuff in the sunscreen aisle, just in case!


*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.

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