When the things that used to be essential are getting harder to find, it’s time to break out the supplies and make them yourself! With just three household ingredients, essential oils, and a few minutes of your time, you’ll have a batch of DIY hand purifier ready to stock your shelves.

How do you make hand purifier?

The key to DIY hand purifier that works? The proper amount of germ-killing alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), hand purifier must have 60 percent alcohol content in order to be effective.

DIY hand purifier recipe

Yield: approximately 4–5 travel-sized containers


  • 2/3 cup isopropyl alcohol
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 20 drops Thieves® essential oil blend
  • 20 drops Peppermint essential oil


1. Add alcohol, aloe vera, and jojoba oil to a bowl.

2. Add essential oils and mix well to combine.

3. Store in travel-sized containers with a lid.

How to use hand purifier

Put a small amount of purifier in the palm of one hand, then rub it all over every surface of both hands. Keep rubbing until it is dry.

YL tip: Remember, hand purifier is a good solution when soap and water are unavailable, but the CDC recommends opting for the classic soap-and-water method whenever possible.

What’s in DIY hand purifier?

As always, we are committed to clean, good-for-you ingredients in all our products and DIY recipes, so hand purifier is no exception! Using three household ingredients and your favorite essential oils, this easy DIY comes together in just a few minutes.

  • Isopropyl alcohol is the hero of this recipe. Killing germs and taking names, the alcohol is doing the heavy lifting.
  • Aloe vera gel is a jack of all trades in this recipe! Not only does it thicken the solution so it’s easier to use, but it also helps condition the skin.
  • Jojoba oil moisturizes your skin for oh-so-soft hands. The best part? Jojoba is a non-greasy carrier oil that will leave your hands moisturized but not greasy.
  • Essential oils offer their unique properties and special scents, so you can customize your recipe to smell like classic Thieves Hand Sanitizer, a festival of floral scents, a tropical oasis, or anything else your heart desires! Here are some scent combos we like:

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Which essential oils are you using in your DIY hand purifier?

Tell us in the comments!