Hand Sanitizer Spray – anti-bacterial recipe using essential oils

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This recipe is one I have used for many years to kill germs on contact. I spritz my hands, and my kids spritz theirs, before entering and after leaving stores. This is also something we have used before play dates and get-together's with friends and family. It has worked well for us – I hope it works well for you!

You can use just plain water as the base, but I prefer using witch hazel (also linked in the amazon ad below). The splash of carrier oil (you can choose from the list here) is to add some moisture and dilute the essential oils.

I prefer using these plastic spray bottles (also linked to in the amazon ad below) due to their size – easily stashed in a purse!

Keep scrolling to find out more detailed information about this recipe, which should answer any questions you may have about this recipe.

Hand Sanitizer Spray - anti-bacterial recipe using essential oils

Hand Sanitizer Spray - anti-bacterial recipe using essential oils


    Essential oils:
  • 14 drops Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia, Melaleuca linariifolia var. alternifolia_
  • 10 drops Sweet Orange Citrus sinensis, _Citrus aurantium _
  • 2 teaspoons carrier oil
  • 2 ounces witch hazel


  1. Add to a 2 ounce spray bottle.
  2. Shake well before using.

Q: I don't have all the essential oils in this recipe. Is there something else I can use?

A: You can use one of the Anti-Germ recipes here: Anti-Germ Essential Oils.

Q: Is this recipe safe for use during pregnancy?

A: Yes, the ingredients used are safe for using during pregnancy. For more information on essential oil safety during pregnancy read: Essential Oils and Pregnancy.

Q: Is this recipe safe for use if I breastfeed?

A: Yes, the ingredients in this recipe are safe to use if you are breastfeeding. For more information on essential oil safety for breastfeeding moms read: Essential Oils and Breastfeeding.

Q: Is this recipe safe for use on children?

A: Yes! For more information on essential oil safety with children read: Essential Oils and Children.

Q: What essential oil brands do you recommend for this recipe?

A: I personally use several different brands of essential oils with great results (you can find my opinion here). You can use whatever brand you have on hand, as long as the Latin names match 🙂

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