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 (this is a link to the kind I get on amazon, but this same brand is also available at Wal*Mart). 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 (amazon link) due to their size – easily stashed in a purse!

Hand Sanitizer Spray



  • 10 drops Sweet Orange essential oil Citrus sinensis, Citrus aurantium
  • 14 drops Tea Tree essential oil Melaleuca alternifolia, Melaleuca linariifolia var. alternifolia
  • 2 teaspoons carrier oil
  • 2 ounces witch hazel (I like to use this one).

This makes a  2% dilution



    1. Add to a 2 ounce spray bottle (I like to use these).
    2. Shake well before using.


This recipe is safe for:

  • all ages, including children*
  • for pregnant women (except the Boswellia papyrifera species of Frankincense)
  • for breastfeeding women

* All of the essential oils are safe for use on children, but I would not spritz on the hands of children young enough to suck on their hands – and children this young probably don't need a hand sanitizer.

You can replace the Sweet Orange with Tangerine or Mandarin with similar results.

You can use water instead of witch hazel if you wish.


Dickinson's Witch Hazel on amazon.

2 ounce spray bottles on amazon.

My opinion on brands can be found here.

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