Of course, washing your hands and practicing regular good hygiene is the ultimate winner here, but just in case sinks aren't an option, this is a nice little recipe for an all-natural hand sanitizer. 

This homemade hand sanitizer is very awesome because it’s made with all-natural ingredients that also happen to be naturally anti-viral and anti-bacterial!  This means you get very similar virus killing and sanitizing properties as a regular bottle of hand sanitizer, without the harsh chemicals often found in them.  It also smells amazing- but you be the judge!


  • 2-ounce spray bottle
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel with aloe vera (Optional)
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops orange essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 5 drops vitamin E oil (optional, but this will make hands very soft)
  • Distilled (or at least filtered, boiled, and cooled) water


In the spray bottle, combine the vitamin E oil, witch hazel or vodka, and essential oils. Place the sprayer on tightly and shake well for 15-20 seconds to combine. Open the bottle, and fill to the top with water. Replace sprayer and shake again for 15-20 seconds. Done!

CORONAVIRUS DISCLAIMER: This hand sanitizer is not a substitute for proper handwashing. And while this home remedy contains commonly accepted natural antiviral ingredients, it has never been tested in a lab to determine its efficacy against viruses such as the coronavirus. This hand sanitizer recipe does not include the 60%+ alcohol content that the CDC and other health organizations recommend for hand sanitizer to properly kill coronavirus. A recipe that contains this level of alcohol can be found through the World Health Organization. As always, check with your health care professional before using any home remedy on you or your family. 


Essential oil disclaimer: This recipe uses what are generally considered safe essential oils, but please keep in mind that while completely natural, all essential oils are powerful plant compounds that you and your family (including your pets) might have a reaction to. Never use essential oils undiluted or take essential oils internally (diluted or undiluted) without the guidance of a professional, and always read up about the possible side effects of each type of oil before you use it. Avoid the use of essential oils (diluted or undiluted) during the first trimester of pregnancy, on small babies, and on anyone with severe allergies to the plants the oils are derived from. And if you see any reactions in yourself, your family, or your pets, stop use of your essential oil products immediately and contact a medical professional.