How to make hand sanitiser from home

March 17, 2020

How to make hand sanitiser from home

This is definitely not a blog post I would ever have imagined writing, but here we are, fighting over bog roll and paying £25 for a little bottle of hand sanitiser from someone on eBay.

Tricky times.

As you can imagine, prolonged use of hand sanitiser perhaps isn't the best for your skin or the environment. Strong hand sanitisers contain a substance called Triclosan, which makes chloroform when mixed with water and may disturb the hormones in a child.

Over-disinfecting can also make your immune system weaker. Not what you need in the wake of an epidemic!

Nature has provided us with several powerful anti-bacterial plants and in fact, some of them are used throughout the horse care we sell. It's no surprise then, that the likes of Aloe Vera and Tea Tree feature in this recipe.

Making your own hand sanitiser is super easy and let's face it, whilst we're all stuck at home, not a bad skill to learn...

  • 1/3 cup Rubbing Alcohol (91% Isopropyl Alcohol or higher)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel (98% or higher)
  • 10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 25 drops Lavender Essential Oil (or more for a stronger scent)


How to make
  1. Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Then whisk together thoroughly for about 1 minute, or until all ingredients have been well combined.
  3. Transfer your DIY hand sanitiser to empty containers (old cleaned out hand sanitiser containers, or travel sized liquid containers)
  4. Then… just shake well before each use.

If you're looking for an anti-bacterial spray for your horse, we recommend Well Gel 'Spray It' - a better alternative to Hibiscrub and available here.