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DIY Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils

DIY Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils

Learn how to make a homemade hand sanitizer spray with witch hazel & a hand sanitizer gel with aloe vera!

How to make hand sanitizer with alochol, aloe vera, witch hazel and essential oils.

Like many of you, we have been consumed with thoughts about Covid-19. In the span of a couple of months, daily life has changed in many ways. With countless items being sold out in stores and online, we are all having to get a bit more creative about the items we use on a daily basis. This process can at times be challenging, but we are here to help.

Examining the products we use and finding sustainable ways to make them is what Grow and Make is all about. Rather than digging through price-gouged products online and searching through empty shelves, we’re encouraging you to get a little crafty!

While the World Health Organization states that nothing replaces washing your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds, when that is unavailable, hand sanitizer is the next best thing.

The basic principles of making your own hand sanitizer is to start with alcohol. It is important to keep the ratio over 60% alcohol, which is why most recipes recommend not going below 70% alcohol in order to stay on the safe side. There are two main types, the liquid kind which is distributed through a mist nozzle, and gel based sanitizer, which is distributed through a pump or lotion bottle top. If you have an empty bottle at home with one of these types of lids already, we suggest making that type. There are also many places you can order these empty bottles online.

How to make hand sanitizer with alochol, aloe vera, witch hazel and essential oils.

How to Make a Spritzer Type Sanitizer

Step 1: Fill your bottle three quarters of the way with alcohol. Fill the remainder with either witch hazel or water. 

Step 2: If you have some essential oils on hand, they will not only help mask the strong smell of the alcohol, but also leave an antiviral and antibacterial residue on your hands from the herbal properties of the essential oils. Clove, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Rosemary, and Lemon Essential oils have been known to fight viral infections dating all the way back to the black plague times. In addition to those listed above, Lavender, Oregano, Lemongrass, and Tea tree are also highly recommended and known for their strong antiseptic properties. We suggest using about 12 drops total for a 3 oz mister. 

Step 3: Shake vigorously for about 5 minutes to thoroughly incorporate. Shake a few times previous to each use. Mist both hands, and rub thoroughly between both hands including the backs of them. Let air dry for full sanitizing effect.

DIY hand sanitizer for coronavirus | How to make hand sanitizer with alochol, aloe vera, witch hazel and essential oils.

How to Make a Gel Type Sanitizer

Follow Step 1 from above, but instead of adding Witch Hazel or Water, add aloe vera gel. To be on the very safe side, we recommend ¾ alcohol, and ¼ aloe vera gel, but you can also use a ratio of ⅔ alcohol to ⅓ aloe vera gel and it will still be effective, while being kind+er to your skin. If following this two thirds ratio, we recommend using measuring spoons instead of mixing it in your bottle, to keep this ratio exact.  

Add essential oils if desired, following directions in Step 2 from above. You can also add 1-3 drops of almond, jojoba, or vitamin E oil to add moisturizing properties and prevent your hands from getting too dry and cracked from the alcohol and excessive washing.

Follow step 3 from above.

Here is the article that inspired us to make our own sanitizer to begin with!

For full DIY Coronavirus Protection, we recommend checking out our other blog post about DIY Fabric Face Masks.

Make Your Own Activated Charcoal Soap

Make Your Own Activated Charcoal Soap

We are celebrating Valentine’s Day this year with these gorgeous heart-shaped activated charcoal soaps. Not only are these soaps fun and a bit unconventional, but they are also great for your skin!

Activated charcoal has many health benefits for your skin. It cleans your skin deeply, detoxifying pores and balancing the oils in your skin. It soothes skin irritations and can even minimize pores. We think activated charcoal is a great natural tool to add to your skincare routine!

To make these heart-shaped soaps, you will need the following:

  • Soap base blocks: We used two glycerin soap base blocks for this project. If you want to achieve a deep black color, be sure to use a base that is clear. If you want a lighter grey color, use an opaque soap base such as cocoa butter or goat milk.
  • Food grade activated charcoal
  • Essential oils for fragrance (1-2 teaspoons)
  • Cosmetic grade glitter (if you like sparkles)
  • Silicone heart-shaped mold: We used this mold from Amazon. If you use a mold made out of something other than silicone, make sure the mold you use is heat resistant.

Start by cutting the soap base blocks into cubes and melting it on the stove on medium heat in a small pan (or purchase one of these pour pots from our website). You can also melt the soap cubes in a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. Melt in 30-second intervals and stir in between, continuing until fully liquid.

Once melted, remove from heat and add one heaping tablespoon of activated charcoal. Mix thoroughly. You should begin to see the color and texture become more consistent as the charcoal dissolves. Stir in the fragrance and glitter if desired. Pour the soap into your silicone mold and let it cool down to harden. To speed up this process, you can put the soap in your freezer for 20-30 minutes. However, we suggest letting it set for a few minutes until a skin starts to harden on the surface to make it safer to move into the freezer. Be sure to keep it level while it is cooling.

Remove soap from molds and enjoy!

DIY Bath Bomb Making FAQ – How to make bath fizzies

DIY Bath Bomb Making FAQ – How to make bath fizzies

Frequently Asked Questions About How to Make Bath Bombs at Home

DIY Bath Bomb Making Kit $29.95

Many of us love the idea of soaking in a hot bath with a scented and revitalizing bath bomb melting into the water. Now you can make your own at home using our DIY Kit. If you don’t want to use our kit though, we try to help you get started on doing it on your own with this list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Making bath bombs is easy, but can take patience and practice. We want to help you to be successful and make your bath bombs special.

Bath bombs are made from baking soda and citric acid. When introduced to water you get the fizzy reaction. The recommended ratio is 2 parts baking soda to 1 part citric acid.

Combine all of your dry ingredients – citric acid, baking soda, Epsom salt, corn starch. Whisk to remove clumps. In a separate dish, combine all of your wet ingredients – oils and water. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients to create a moldable paste.

After you have created your base you can add fragrances, colorants, herbs and lotions to enhance your results.

You will then take your paste and place it in a mold to create the desired shape for drying.

Homemade bath bomb supplies: calendula petals, rose petals, lavender buds, almond oil, citric acid, epsom salt, lavender essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, dyes, bath bomb molds

Make your own bath bombs with grapefruit and lavender essential oils, Epsom salt, flower petals, and more!

Bath Bomb FAQ

Q: Why are my bath bombs crumbling and breaking apart?

A: Your mixture does not have enough moisture. You can use natural oils (coconut oil, almond oil) to create more cohesive results. If your bath bombs are cracking as they cure they may have too much moisture and you will need to add more dry ingredients

Q: My bath bombs soft and squishy. How can I make bath bombs harder?

A: Here again the problem is too much moisture. You will need to add more of the dry ingredients to achieve the desired consistency. Also, keep in mind that a high humidity location may yield softer results.

Q: Why are my bath bombs lumpy?

A: This means that you probably didn’t not combine the ingredients well enough to create a consistent paste. Use your fingers to get the consistency to be fine and not course. A whisk is helpful for mixing ingredients, if you have one.

Q: Why are my bath bombs not fizzy? How can I make my bath bombs fizz longer?

A: Typically this is because your ratios of baking soda to citric acid are off. Adding more citric acid should solve the problem. Another culprit is that you have added something extra which has cancelled out the fizz (essential oil, colorant) because you used too much. This may require some experimentation.

Q: Why are my bath bombs expanding as they cure?

A: This means that the fizzing is happening prematurely due to too much moisture. If there is a lot of expansion and fizzing, you’ll need to start over and have less moisture in your mix.

Q: Are there certain colorants that are recommended?

A: Yes, beware that some colorants can stain your tub. Be sure to purchase colorants which are glycerin based, so that they don’t stain. Also, you can use natural colorants like micas, but the results may be less than desirable. You can’t go wrong with the ones we include in our Bath Bomb Making Kit.

Q: How should I add fragrance and what kinds should I use?

A: The best approach is to start out with a small amount and see what you think of the fragrance emanating from the mixture. The amount of scent that you can detect in the open air is a good indication of what the bath will smell like. Essential oils are a natural and soothing way to add scents to your bath bombs.

Q: Can I add a moisturizer to my bath bombs?

A: Yes, absolutely. If you’re making these with your own materials, swap plain water for oils ,which will add an extra element of relaxation and skin nourishment. Grapefruit and lavender essential oils are included in the Bath Bomb Making Kit.

Q: How long should my bath bombs cure (sit in the mold)?

A: 2-4 hours typically. You should visually inspect them to determine if they are looking like they have cured properly.

Q: Do my bath bombs have a shelf life?

A: Typically around 4-6 months. Any longer and they dry out and lose their potency. If you are going to be storing them, try to do so in an airtight container.

Q: How many times can you use a bath bomb?

A: Simply run a warm bath, let the tub fill up, and then drop your bath bomb in the water. You can either let it dissolve completely before stepping in or start soaking while it fizzes. The oils and salts in the bath bomb will be released into the water as it dissolves, and they’re great for your skin! 

Q: How many times can you use a bath bomb?

A: A bath bomb can be used just once. But you can always make more!

How to Make Lavender Soap

How to Make Lavender Soap

One of the our favorite tricks for our DIY Soap Making Kits is to add dried lavender buds. If you want a textured side to the soap, just sprinkle the herbs across the top of the soaps before they completely cool. If you want to make soap that has an exfoliating effect, all you need to do is mix the dried herbs with your essential oils into the soap before you pour the hot liquid into the molds.

You can add dried herbs to any soap base, like Glycerin, Cocoa Butter, Oatmeal, Hemp, Olive Oil, Honey, Goats Milk, or Aloe Vera.

Lavender Soap

Our Favorite Herb and Soap Combinations:

Lavender and Cocoa Butter Soap

Rosemary and Aloe Vera Soap

Mint and Hemp Soap

Basil and Olive Oil Soap

Chamomile and Oatmeal Soap

Lemon Verbena and Honey Soap

Sage and Glycerin Soap

There are so many other herbs that make great ingredients for your homemade soaps.

Being a part of the Mint Family, Lamiaceae, Lavender is a another small shrub that gives off a pungent wonderful smell. English Lavender in particular is coveted for its sweet overtones, and Lavandin is popular for its strong camphor like fragrance.

Lavender also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and can also be used as a mosquito repellent. Lavandula angustifolia is the most cultivated species for culinary uses and lavender oils.

The subgenus Lavandula grows in the Mediterranean to Northern Africa and Arabia. Fabricia grows all over from the Atlantic to India. The Saubadia subgenus only grows in the Southwest Arabian Peninsula. With so many species able to withstand most climates, Lavender has been used all throughout history for perfumes, food, and medicine.

Instructions on How to Make Lavender Soap:

How to Make Lavender Soap

A big part of DIY is being creative and finding new ways to make things on your own!

Happy Crafting!

The Grow and Make Team


DIY Bath Salt Making Kit

DIY Bath Salt Making Kit

Make Bath Salts at Home


Have you ever wanted to make your own bath salts at home? Grow and Make has a selection of DIY Bath Salt making kits which include floral herbs and essential oil fragrances. You can make your own unique signature blend and store them in tin containers with transparent lids.

A great gift, fun project with friends or family or a great way to make something special.

DIY Body Lotion Making Kit

DIY Body Lotion Making Kit

Make Body Lotion at Home


Have you ever wanted to make your own body lotion at home? The benefits are that you’ll know what is in your body lotion and you can make a distinctive blend with your own signature and style.  Our DIY Body Lotion Kit offers natural, high quality ingredients in combination with fragrances and colors which you can experiment with.

A great way to make gifts, have a fun project with friends, use as a kids party activity or to spend time with children. A wonderful gift when you’re stumped about what will be memorable, keep giving and be inspirational.