Alcohol-based Hand Sanitiser

Aloe vera is a great carrier and also moisturizes and protects the skin against drying out, a side effect of using straight vodka to wash your hands. Essential oils are optional, as the germ-fighting properties come principally from the vodka, but many essential oils such as tea tree, peppermint, and lavender do have antibacterial properties and also reduce the unpleasant alcohol smell.


  • 2 tbsp good-quality vodka
  • 3 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 15 drops essential oils (optional)


  1. Combine the vodka and aloe vera gel in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Add 15 drops of essential oils of your choice.
  3. Transfer to a small squeeze bottle, glass jar etc.
  4. Keep in a cool, dark place and away from direct sunlight, and supervise young children if they will be using this sanitizer solution.

Author Gemma Daldin Cultivate London Apprentice