Homemade Citrus Mint Hand Sanitizer Spray

This homemade hand sanitizer spray is simple to create, and makes a great gift too. Recently I was talking with my friend about the cleaner I make to use on my granite countertops. I like the way it smells, and it’s great for disinfecting the kitchen. I wondered if I could bottle this same recipe, as a hand sanitizer, and give it out as a gift .

Homemade Hand Sanitizer Spray


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So I did a little research. The counter-top spray has rubbing alcohol as the active ingredient. My research showed that rubbing alcohol, or isopropyl, can be harmful if ingested, and even though I don’t expect people to drink it, they may be using it often, and it would be absorbed through the skin.

I also found that quite a few people are using witch hazel in their recipes. However, I could not find enough information to confirm its effectiveness on bacteria. 

Finally I found some using grain alcohol, or ethyl alcohol. Dr Bronner’s is a well known respected brand, and their hand sanitizer contains ethyl alcohol. Since this type of alcohol is safe for human consumption, I felt good about it being applied to the skin. 

Homemade Citrus Mint Hand Sanitizer Spray Materials


Ethyl Alcohol (grain alcohol like Everclear)
Aloe Vera Juice
Essential Oils
Dark Glass Spray Bottles

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I also learned that you should have around 60% of the active ingredient for this to be effective. To balance the harshness of the alcohol smell and to prevent dryness, I added aloe vera juice, and some lovely essential oils. A combination of lemon, orange, peppermint, and a little tea tree. The citrus and mint mainly for their fragrance, and the tea tree because it has been said to be a great anti-bacterial agent. I used a dark glass spray bottle because the essential oils should last longer when not exposed to the sun, and I like the idea of a spray-on sanitizer. 

My Recipe (2 ounce bottle)

8 teaspoons of Ethyl Alcohol
4 teaspoons of Aloe Vera Juice
4 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
8 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
1/8 teaspoon of Sweet Orange Essential Oil


I plan to make at least a dozen of these to hand out during the holidays. Just one of many little gifts I like to make and give this time of year. Of course, this hand sanitizer spray recipe would be great anytime of year, and I think the citrus mint scent is appropriate for both men and women.

Bonus:    I you like this label you can click on the pic below and it will open to a pdf page which can be printed or saved. It’s 2 x 2 inches and fits perfectly on the 2 oz. bottles.


About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. What a great idea! My son all of a sudden wants hand sanitizer to take to school. I think it’s a cool thing to do? I’m so excited I can make it now. It was a pain to keep buying little bottles for him to take to school. Great post!

  2. Love this idea! Can’t wait to try it!

  3. While I think this is an excellent idea for grown-ups, the thought of having a cute little bottle of 75 proof alcohol in a household with small children is really scary! Even just 8 teaspoons of such a high proof alcohol would be very dangerous if a toddler drank it! Someone commented about sending it to school with their child – oh dear. Everclear would NOT be allowed in any school.

  4. We use hand sanitizer a lot. Nice DIY. Thanks for joining us at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared

  5. what a cool recipe! thanks for sharing!

  6. Great idea, Patti! And I love the gorgeous printable label. Pinned and Sharing! Thanks for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party!

  7. This is great! I just recently used Everclear in my Apple Pie Moonshine and was wondering what on earth I might do with the rest of the bottle!!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday and Happy Thanksgiving!


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