DIY Hand Sanitizer

Beat cold and flu season

Want to avoid the chemicals and alcohol often found in commercially produced hand sanitizers?

Dr. Lawrence Rosen, an integrative pediatrician, recommends this homemade version as a safe and effective alternative. 

You'll Need

  • 3 oz. filtered water
  • 1 tsp aloe vera gel
  • 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 10 drops clove essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops lemon oil


  1. Mix ingredients in a 4-oz spray dispenser and shake gently.
  2. Spray on hands, and massage for about 30 seconds. The result is a natural, chemical-free hand sanitizer to keep germs at bay.


About the author
Lawrence D. Rosen, MD, practices primary care at the Whole Child Center in Oradell, NJ, and is a nationally recognized expert in pediatric integrative medicine. He is also a founding member and chair-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Together with Jeff Cohen he authored Treatment Alternatives for Children: Reduce Serious Side Effects With Natural Equivalents to Conventional Remedies for Common Childhood Ailments.