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Make Alcohol-Free Hand Cleanser with Aloe Vera

by Andrea Butje on June 25, 2018

June 25-Blog-title-make alcohol free hand cleanser-600 x 900-V1How to Make Your Own Alcohol-Free Hand Cleanser with Natural Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel is a unique carrier, because it’s not an oil or butter. It’s in a “class all its own” as a liquid gel. It’s lightweight, silky, and skin absorbs it quickly.

I wrote about a few of aloe vera gel’s benefits in my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy (which I published with Hay House!):

“Aloe vera gel is effective for reducing inflammation and soothing irritation. You can also use it for helping skin heal after damage, especially after burns . . . It is a good choice for oily skin or conditions that are moist and weepy, such as blisters. Since it’s not greasy or oily, it doesn’t tend to get all over clothes or linens.”

This last quality is really special . . . it’s what makes aloe great for an alcohol-free hand cleanser! You can take an aloe vera hand cleanser with you and use it anywhere without concern about getting it on clothes or other surfaces.

I want to share an alcohol-free hand cleanser recipe from The Heart of Aromatherapy that’s made with aloe vera gel and three essential oils good at reducing germs.

Thyme’s “Everything but the Sink” Hand Cleanser

  • 1 oz (28 g) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 8 drops Thyme ct. linalol (Thymus vulgaris linalol)
  • 5 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 5 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

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Make this blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) PET plastic bottle with a flip-top. Put the aloe in the bottle, add the essential oils, and shake well. Ta da! Alcohol-free (and stress-free) hand cleanser!

I want to share a kids’ version of this alcohol-free hand cleanser recipe, too.

Because let’s face it . . . kids can get their little hands into a lot of things! We definitely want something to help keep their hands clean naturally, and we want to do it in a way that’s safe and effective. So let’s use some lower drop counts for the kids’ version. (This blend is great for children over five years old.)


  • 1 oz (28 g) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 3 drops Thyme ct. linalol (Thymus vulgaris linalol)
  • 1 drop Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 2 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

If you like, you can include some Solubol dispersant to help keep the essential oils dispersed through the aloe. (Then you won’t have to shake it so much each time you use it.) Use 3 ml Solubol for the adult blend, and 1 ml for the kids’ version.

I recommend making a fresh bottle of your alcohol-free hand cleanser every few weeks. Aloe is a water-based ingredient, and there are no preservatives in this blend.

And for the very littlest of kids (who are younger than five) and babies, you can use pure hydrosol to clean off their hands before you can get to a sink. Try Lavender hydrosol (Lavandula angustifolia) or Tea Tree hydrosol (Melaleuca alternifolia).

I hope you give this blend two (super clean) thumbs up!

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Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: natural hand cleanser, hand cleanser essential oils, alcohol free hand cleanser

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