A hand sanitiser is a true handbag staple, especially for when you’re out and about and washing your hands isn’t an option. They can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, so hand sanitisers are particularly popular during cold and flu season.

The recent coronavirus outbreak has seen many pharmacies and supermarkets with empty shelves sold out of hand gel. With supplies sold-out in stores, you may be wondering whether it’s possible to make your own.

Lots of hand sanitisers rely on an alcohol-based formulation to defend against bacteria and viruses, but it’s easy to create an alcohol-free alternative that’s both effective and kind to skin. By using natural ingredients to make antibacterial gel, combing aloe vera with essential oils, it’s possible to create a moisturising hand gel that smells great, while keeping you moisturised and protected.

How can I make my own hand sanitiser?

For the manufacture of hand gel, a base of Aloe Vera Cosmetic Clear Gel is required. It’s a product formulation designed to dry quickly and sink easily into the skin, without leaving a sticky residue. Aloe vera is renowned for its soothing and moisturising properties, it’s also has potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties – making it the perfect base for natural hand sanitiser. Unlike some alcohol-based hand gels, this natural gel won’t leave your skin feeling dry.

To make sure your DIY hand sanitiser is effective, you can combine aloe vera gel with essential oils that are also naturally antibacterial, and have other beneficial properties. One of the most popular essential oils is tea tree oil, which is well known for its antiseptic qualities. Often used as a natural disinfectant in cleaning products, tea tree essential oil can also be used in cosmetics, such as hand gels, to provide effective protection against bacteria.

Another essential oil for hand sanitiser recipes is lemon oil; this oil has been used in natural medicine for centuries to help treat infectious diseases thanks to its detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant and antifungal properties. Plus, it has an energising and uplifting scent making it a popular choice for natural hand creams and gels.

Finally, adding peppermint oil into aloe vera-based hand gel will create a cooling sensation on the skin, thanks to its menthol content. This natural essential oil also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, adding another layer of protection when mixed into hand sanitiser.

Have you ever made your own natural hand sanitiser? Let us know which essential oils you combined with aloe vera in the comments.