Hand Sanitizer Spray Recipe: What Goes Into Making Sanitizer?

In the last 12 months, items that you normally purchased regularly like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and bleach have been so incredibly hard to come by that when you do find them, it’s like you’ve struck gold. Most of us can identify with the feeling of surprise and excitement when you see a lone canister of bleach wipes on the shelf.  

Nothing, however, has gained more popularity through the scarcity and necessity channels than hand sanitizer. In fact, finding even a half ounce of hand sanitizer in the early months of 2020 was rare, and when you could find it, chances are the price had been gouged to quadruple it’s normal market value. 

The sanitizer shortage (and that awful price gouging) may have led you to try your hand at making your own hand sanitizer spray. After all, the World Health Organization released a general hand sanitizer recipe at the onset of COVID-19, so that those who couldn’t find it available for purchase could make their own. Sounds like a great idea, right?

Your friends at Hope Health Supply know personal protective supplies, including hand sanitizer. We know what the CDC determines effective, and what dangers you might face if you attempt to make hand sanitizer on your own.

Here, we’ll discuss what you should know about hand sanitizer spray, the recipes and dangers of making it alone, and also how you can get access to affordable, readily available hand sanitizer. 

What Should You Know About Hand Sanitizer Spray?

By now we all know one of the best ways to slow the spread of germs, and of COVID-19, is by practicing good hand hygiene. Washing your hands for at least twenty seconds with soap and water is an easy and proven method to prevent the spread of germs. 

Let’s face it, sometimes, you just can’t get to the sink. Whether you’re at the gym, in your car, or on a work conference call, there are times you need to sanitize your hands without soap and water, and hand sanitizer is the easiest and most efficient way to get the job done. 


The CDC states that hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% isopropyl or ethyl alcohol are effective in removing up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria from your hands. If you want to use your hand sanitizer spray on other surfaces, the required alcohol content is 70%. 


The FDA regulates the distribution of hand sanitizers to consumers. During the beginning of the pandemic, they issued a temporary policy for the production of hand sanitizer and hand sanitizing products by companies who do not normally produce hand sanitizer. 

This opened the door for companies to switch their production lines and help contribute to the hand sanitizer shortage. However, some companies produced hand sanitizers that contained alcohols that are unsafe for human use (like methanol). 

Based on reports by consumers and investigations by the FDA, they have compiled a list of hand sanitizers that should not be used, which you can find here

What Goes Into Making Sanitizer?

If you’ve decided to make your own hand sanitizer spray, be warned: it’s not as simple a task as it looks by reading the recipe. While most hand sanitizer sprays only contain a few ingredients, making sure you have quality ingredients and that they are measured properly can be an almost impossible task. 

The main ingredients found in a hand sanitizer spray are:

  • Isopropyl or ethyl alcohol. Also known as rubbing alcohol, this is the stuff you used on bug bites as a child. Side note: if you’re having a hard time finding hand sanitizer, you probably won’t be able to find rubbing alcohol either.
  • Oil. Typically some type of essential oil or vegetable oil is usually used in an at-home formula. 
  • Glycerin. Glycerine is added to hand sanitizer sprays to help keep the formula well mixed, and to moisturize the skin. You can usually buy glycerin at your local drugstore, but again, if you’re having trouble finding items in stock, this too may be in short supply.

It seems simple enough to add these ingredients together, pour it into a spray bottle, and come out with an effective hand sanitizer. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. 

Are DIY Hand Sanitizer Sprays Safe?

There are three things to consider when attempting to make your own hand sanitizer: 

  1. Preparation. Commercially produced hand sanitizer is made in a sterile facility, on sterile machinery, with sterile utensils. This is just a guess, but chances are you aren’t going to be making your DIY hand sanitizer in a sterile environment. 

    Preparing your hand sanitizer in a non-sterile environment allows for the opportunity of contamination. 

  2. Formula. Even if you follow the recipe you have perfectly, there’s a chance you could get the formula wrong. There’s also a chance your recipe could be incorrect. Your favorite fashion blogger may claim to have a great sanitizer recipe, but is it really effective?

    The formula can also vary based on the concentration of rubbing alcohol you use. There are different kinds, and it’s important that you find the correct one for your recipe.

  3. Consistency. No one likes a hand sanitizer gel that’s super sticky, or a spray that is so alcohol laden it stings their bare skin. If you’re making a hand sanitizer at home, it can be pretty tricky to get the consistency right. 

    Especially difficult is creating a hand sanitizer spray that will actually spray out of the bottle, and not clog the nozzle. 

If you’d rather leave hand sanitizer making to the professionals, we think that’s a great idea. If you’ve had a hard time finding quality hand sanitizer spray for an affordable (read: non price-gouged) price, we can help. 

Where Can You Buy Hand Sanitizer Spray

Stop the store-to-store searching madness and order from a company with reliability you can trust. Hope Health Supply has high-quality, pocket-sized hand sanitizer available at a price that won’t break the bank. 

Our hand sanitizer is:

  • Convenient. Available in small, pen-sized vials, you can stash a hand sanitizer practically anywhere like your handbag, car, or in the cup of pens on your desk.
  • Effective. Our hand sanitizer spray contains 75% ethyl alcohol, so it’s effective in killing germs both on your hands and on non-porous surfaces like your smartphone or tablet. 
  • Refreshing. Our hand sanitizer doesn’t contain overpowering scents, so you can sanitize confidently no matter where you are. Hope Health Supply hand sanitizer has a pleasant, light citrus scent. 

You can grab our hand sanitizer in packs of 3, 6, 12, and 24. When you find you love our hand sanitizer as much as we know you will, you can take advantage of our refer a friend program. When your friend orders their hand sanitizer, they’ll get 15% off, and so will you. 

In the fight against COVID-19, hand hygiene is an absolute must. Between regular hand washing, using hand sanitizer is your first defense in keeping hands clean and germ free, but you don’t have to make it at home. 

You can count on the quality hand sanitizer available from Hope Health Supply to keep you protected.